"Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained" Melody Johnson

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Looking For Help With Your Donkey, Mule or Horse?


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I provide worldwide virtual coaching, consulting and training from my computer to your computer. We use skype, your video’s, my videos and I will help you with basic social skills, saddle fitting, hay, diet, building a farm plan and a safe site for your equine to live. The sky is the limit.

I am excited to share I am now certified in Horseanality/Humanlity.

What does this mean for you? I can help you determine if your equine (horse, donkey or mule) is an extrovert or introvert and create a custom training plan you can use to train your equine yourself. No need to travel or send them off to a trainer. Donkeys, horses and mules learn best from the human they trust and adore with great leadership skills and no abuse, I can teach you how to stay safe and not abuse your equine, stay a leader 100% of the time. I am Not A Parelli Trainer, I do not teach Parelli.

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Ready to start coaching with me?

Select wwww.donkeywhisperer.com select our store to sign up for coaching sessions, the first 15 minutes is free.  I am taking a few more students now.  We work together once a week and I give you homework, back together the next week. I am flexible one session at a time or a break in the cost if you purchase 10 sessions.

You can do this!

Select testimonials as I have helped people in France, Norway and all over the world from the comfort of my computer to your computer.  I teach my method to you on how to be a great leader and never drill, no more than 15 minutes per training exercise is your homework timeframe with your horse, donkey or mule as drilling never works. Equine need time to soak and think about what we taught them.

I ride my horse Miss Lily an extroverted fast quarter horse (a little Seattle Slew in her) and my introverted Mammoth donkey Rio with no bit and no spurs. I point to the horse trailer and they get in. Simple stuff, I will teach you how to be the leader for your equine without abuse.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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Horses, Donkeys and Mules Are Helping People With Disabilities


Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,

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Did you know that people with disabilities are being helped each and every day by getting to spend time with an equine?

Yes, some can only help groom them, feed and pet them, talk about their problems while others can actually ride even when they can not walk due to being paralyzed.  Equine are healers, sent by Jesus Christ to help us humans navigate this thing called life.

Resources for Riding With A Disability:

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“My number one inspiration is Lauren Barwick Canadian Paralympian, 4 Star Parelli Professional”

Select Riding For Gold

Select Parelli offers 30 days free on-line training

People suffering from PTSD after serving in the war, sexual abuse, assault, and trauma

Select EAGALA  – Select What is equine assisted therapy?

Select Helping Troubled Teens

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GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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How Do I Train The Abused Donkey or Mule?


Howdy,

I received an e-mail today that made me cry, made my heart ache I have been praying for this mule and his new human family and will continue to pray. We must never forget that animals just like people who are abused need time to feel safe before any form of training or education can begin. I believe animals get post traumatic stress from extreme abuse just like us humans.

Animals need to be tamed first and the human needs to stay safe, not be abused this can take lot’s of time even years.  I am a home study student of Parelli as they offer the best training tools for all equine (horses, donkeys and mules) and most importantly they teach the equine personalities.  I highly suggest learning this natural equine training method.  Parelli home study teaches in great depth the importance of taming an equine before attempting to train.

Here is the edited question:

Hi Melody! I was thrilled when I found your website. I have a three-year old gelded mule that I purchased from a stockyard auction. He has been abused badly. I would love to talk to you , perhaps you can provide some insight. I am in Mississippi and can not locate anyone to provide assistance with his training. Thanks so much, Linda.

My answer

Hello Linda,

I am here to help you for free, due to the car accident I am not able to start my business, not able to attend Parelli.  I am helping for free as my health allows me for the love of all the Donkeys, Horses and Mules in need via the website and blog.  Horrific events animals and humans endure at the hand of the cruel human.

Taming First NOT Training

This magnificent equine needs to be safe, provide him with a safe environment, fresh water, medical attention if need be, NO TRAINING in the beginning it is imperative you tame him first. Please understand no animal or  human can learn anything when they are living in fear, donkeys freeze when scared.  Does he have an equine buddy?  What is his living arrangement like now?  Photos always help me to connect so if you can send me some.  Send me the living arrangement and your plan to provide the best optimum care for this boy and I will do my best to help guide you.

Training tips:

Donkeys are visual learners the mule is half horse and half donkey – I highly suggest you take your honor horse, donkey, mule out and let the equine see them getting brushed, taking a walk for a bite of grass, picking feet. One step at a time for taming to begin, donkeys are really smart so be sure each and every time you are with them you are in the leader role and you have a plan for safety. My arena is strategically placed in front of the paddock for the donkeys to watch me training my horse the lead mare amazing how they respect me when they see her doing what I ask. smile.

Help my donkey or mule is running at me with his ears back!  Donkeys and mules are very playful, their ears go back when they are in deep thought and playing when abused anything is possible, safety is most imperative when working with equine.  Be careful keep your personal space safe.  Jumping jacks work, yelling whoa, snapping fingers, clapping and most important tool carrying your parelli carrot stick.

Learn the difference between respect and fear. Donkeys and mules are very athletic they can kick, forward, backward and like a cow.  Taming them is a necessity before attempting training.  Safety is one hundred percent the most important first step, having a plan as working with any equine is dangerous. My mare can look at the donkeys and they run out of the barn, just a look this is respect not fear, Parelli is an excellent teacher to learn these important techniques.  Body language is essential and timing think about all of these things before you go into the same space with your equine.

You can not make a donkey or mule do anything donkeys must respect not fear their leader learn what this means and execute your plan each and every time you are with your donkey, mule or horse.  This is why a relationship formed with the human teacher and the donkey and taming is the first step to success. Donkeys and mules can learn faster with leadership, love, patience and a few small pieces of carrots or apples.  Keep your training sessions short and never ever get frustrated when they don’t learn as they never learn like a horse.

Training these magnificent equine is similar to fishing you may catch a fish and you may not as you are on donkey time slow and analytical every step of the way.  Keep the training sessions short each new task is no more than three or four times of teaching the task and no more than 30 – 40 minutes total in school time.  Remember to end school with something the equine has mastered, stop school on a good note. Remember how hard it was to learn from a teacher in school that was not friendly and boring, very difficult to learn from this kind of teacher.

With the donkeys I am continuously amazed how I can come back to training, weeks, months later and the donkeys do not need a tune up thus they never forget the good or bad.  Amazing how one day they just get what I have been attempting to teach them enjoy each and every moment you get.

Withholding Water? Never this is not training in my eyes.  I highly disagree with this old school training tool, donkeys, mules and horses can colic and by the time the human realizes the donkey or mule has coliced it can be too late.  Donkeys are so strong they don’t want to show any form of pain or suffering.  Donkeys are donkeys they are not horses, mules are half donkey and half horse and depending on the mule they can have more attributes towards the donkey or the horse one thing is consistent they are indeed a mule.

Free information on feeding and care of Donkeys and Mules by Dr. Andy K. McLean, PHD, DVM.

Melody

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

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Warning Leaving A Halter On A Horse, Donkey or Mule Can Cause Death Or Self-Mutilation


Howdy,

The photo above is of me & Lily taken in the summer of 2009, truly one of my favorite photos a wonderful memory.

Did you know leaving the halter on is dangerous and can be deadly? My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.

Important considerations

*  The halter could get stuck on their hooves, fence or other objects.

* Strangulation can occur when they get the halter stuck on something and fight to get it off

* The halter can grow into the head of the equine (horse, donkey, mule) I have personally seen this and it is abuse

* Dirty itchy halter causes the equine to scratch and work to get it off it’s not natural (think  how you would want to be treated)

* Leaving a halter on your horse, donkey or mule will make it easier for people to steal your equine. I highly suggest using video surveillance on your farm and posting signs to avoid this. Our Video surveillance is backed off site a text is sent to our cell phone the minute anyone steps into our property, the perfect tool to be used in prosecution.

Please learn how to teach your equine (horse, donkey or mule) To Catch You!

When interacting with your equine try to make this a time to connect bring a couple of pieces of a carrot  to build a relationship of fair and safe leadership.  Equine work best in training programs that do not require the equine to stay in the prisoner role.  Yes, I said prisoner role, old school training techniques use fear to train equine and this is not a partnership.  Donkeys cannot be trained this way they require natural training with fair, balanced and an honest trainer.  Horses dream of being trained the way donkeys demand to be trained with dignity and respect.

The joy you will receive when changing your training methodology is enormous and your frustration will vanish.  People say “treats make my equine nip. I say No, use this as an opportunity to train” watch your timing let the equine turn their head away and then give them a reward takes just a few training sessions for them to learn how to politely accept a treat.  Creativity is the answer you can do it!

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All of my equine come up to us every time we call them just like my dogs.  The key is setting the animal up for success if each time you have time to be with your equine you are doing things to them that are not enjoyable why would they want to come up?  Treat your equine the way you would want to be treated if you were living your life as an equine and watch the blessings start flowing freely.

The first step in training any animal is taming!  The animal must trust that you will NOT abuse them or hurt them so try to think of it from their point of view and remember awareness is the first step in change.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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What A Farrier Needs


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Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,

Thank you for reading my blog, sharing information, photos, posts and most importantly helping our worlds most beloved equine (Donkey, Mule and Horse).

You are the human angel our world needs, Thank You!

Perhaps you are wondering what in the world a farrier is?  A farrier is the human who will be certified in balancing, trimming and possibly shoeing  equine (horse, donkey or mule) every seven weeks.

What is a natural trimmer for Donkeys?  Pete Ramey site explains more

No shoes, balance, trimming and helping keep the equine in optimum balance without shoes

Select Pete Ramey Hoof Rehab for more detailed information on the hoof.

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Why should I care how happy my farrier is?

A great farrier is essential to optimum health of your beloved equine.  I highly suggest you do your homework before hiring a farrier to work on the hooves of your equine. Balance, no blood, no soreness is what your equine needs to stay happy.  Remember equine pick up on the emotional mood swings us humans have so keep your farrier happy and calm.

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What A Farrier Needs?

A safe equine to work on!  Please do not ask your farrier to train your equine as this is not their job.  A  farrier needs to feed himself and his family and a farrier that gets hurt working on your equine will not be able to work and provide himself and family with an income.  Additionally, a farrier that can’t concentrate on the hoof and is worried for his life will more than likely not be able to do as good a job.

1.  A tame and gentle equine – Teach Your Donkey To Pick Up the Foot

2.  No dogs or children running around causing a distraction for the equine, farrier and you the handler

3.  Put the cell phone down and pay attention to your equine to keep the farrier and equine safe

4.  A place that is close to his truck as he needs to get to his tools without taking a hike

5.  The equine to be held by a competent human that can control the equine and help the farrier stay safe. – Remember this is a really dangerous job

6.  The equine to be standing calmly and as ready as possible

7.  Make sure your equine has had his hooves picked up at least twenty-five times before the farrier arrives – do not make the first trimming appointment be the first time the equine get’s the foot picked up.

8.  A dry place to work, flat, swept clean

9.  No dark places as your farrier needs to see what he/she is doing

10.  A shady place to work and don’t forget Insect repellant sprayed on your equine

11,  Pay him/her the same day he trims the hoof

12,  Make your appointment for seven weeks and keep up with the farrier work

Bonus:  A cool beverage on a hot day

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Remember no one knows your equine like you do!  Keeping up with a regular trimming schedule is best for the equine and your farrier.  Partnerships via human and animal form take time and a bit of watering.  You can do this!

Caring for equine takes a team effort; a vet, dentist, and farrier let’s not forget acupuncture, chiropractor and massage therapy as needed.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

Alf The Mini Baby Donkey


Currently helping Alf the mini baby donkey’s human partner Rannveig all the way from Norway for free, my gift to give back and share information to help the donkey have a great life.  Hmm the power of the internet to be able to share free information to help people understand how to best care for their beloved and sweet donkeys.  Please remember a donkey is not a horse with long ears.  A donkey is a donkey and we need to adapt to the training of a donkey as donkeys are always on donkey time.   🙂

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I am excited to share that Alf is now a Parelli donkey as his human is learning Parelli and is waiting for the rope halter, carrot stick and lead line to be delivered.  I am not authorized to teach Parelli as I am just a student I share why Parelli works for donkeys,  horses and mules. Go to http://www.Parelli.com to learn more.  I highly suggest the rope halter, carrot stick and lead line. Learn the 7 games and learn the personality of your donkey.  Here is the link for 30 days free training from Parelli.

Training tip for young donkeys Remember to be careful around the ears as they can break and not stand up.

  1.  Baby donkeys are like human children they have very short attention spans. They are going to learn from the human exactly what the human teaches. First thing to teach the donkey is to not be afraid of the human. Safety is always important for the human so have a plan.

    2.   Keep training sessions short 15-20 minutes and always end the session with something the donkey loves to do. Kisses, massages, a bite of grass on the other side of the fence.

    3.  Please don’t beat your donkey use your voice and say NO when they do something wrong.  Use your hands by snapping fingers, clapping or waving with the correct timing for incorrect social skill. Remember how hard it is to learn from a nasty teacher who is mean and not patient.

    4.  The donkey needs us humans to slow everything way down.

    5.  Training a donkey is a bit like fishing you may have a fish on the line – you may see the donkey learn or not.   Who cares enjoy your donkey and remember a donkey is Not a horse with long ears.

    6.  A donkey is a donkey they are deep thinkers. The human has to be on donkey time and not take things so seriously when working with the donkey.

    Please love and appreciate your donkey as each donkey is indeed a gift from GOD.  Remember your donkey did not choose you, you chose the donkey, you are responsible for teaching your donkey social skills, picking up the foot, whoaa, walk-0n, hoof trimming every 7 weeks, vet and dentist is essential to optimum health of your donkey.

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Alf (mini donkey) with Rannveig all the way from Norway

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 GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Training Donkeys, Mules and Horses To Ride In The Horse Trailer


Howdy,

Did you know donkeys prefer to ride loose in a horse trailer? Yes indeed donkeys prefer to ride loose in a horse trailer with the added bonus they are safe and much more comfortable I was really surprised to learn this after purchasing my donkeys as my horse is locked in the front for her safety. Why? She is not a donkey she is a horse smile. 

Donkeys freeze when scared so they are safer and more comfortable riding loose in the horse trailer and this helps them find a place to stand and hold their butt against the trailer to balance.  Most important consideration is to have a two door trailer in the back to unload them.  I highly suggest teaching your donkey to back out of the horse trailer in lieu of jumping out fast.  Here is a video of Rio backing out of the horse trailer what a good boy just took a few training sessions to teach him how to do this.   Keep one side of the door closed so to keep them calm and backing out slow.

In an emergency situation I wanted to ensure I could get all of them in the trailer fast and by myself. I highly suggest each of you do the same as you don’t want to be training trailer loading and unloading during an emergency. Donkeys freeze when scared!

Six Steps To Successful Trailer Loading of Your Donkey or Mule: 

1.  Ensure Your Donkey or Mule Trusts You – Taming is number (1)

2.  Always load the honor donkey, horse or mule first as Donkeys Are Visual Learners if you load the naughty one first your trailer loading experience will not go smoothly.

3. Plan ahead, practice trailer loading and letting the equine stand in the trailer and eat go no where. After you load them to eat lunch stand on the outside and talk to them let them know they are safe.

4.  Practice taking the donkeys, mules and horses for rides, just give them 40 minutes or so of time to adjust to the trailer, get  their legs and not have any more stress on them. DO NOT TAKE THEM ANYWHERE AND EXPECT THEM TO GET OUT AND IN until you are sure they understand trailer loading.  Just go for a drive a few times, practice getting in and out at home.

5.  Remember when driving to accelerate slowly and stop slowly as it is very difficult for the equine to keep their legs on the ground.  If you don’t understand have someone drive the trailer and get in the back ride down a bumpy road and see what it feels like for your equine I think you will have a new perspective.

6.  Gradually work up to trail walks, yes walking next to the youngster as they are too young to ride and then riding when of age.  I think it is safer for older equine to have the opportunity to observe what is expected a few times before riding.  We did lot’s of these before Lily and Rio were old enough to ride (preparation) is the key.

7.  Another important consideration in teaching trailer loading and unloading; is do not take them out of the trailer when the truck stops wait for about ten to fifteen minutes.  If you take them out immediately upon the truck stopping they will expect it and get impatient every time the truck stops.  Equine learn from consistent repetition so remember to always be a good leader and have a plan be consistent.  When the emergency comes and they all come in life have a plan and be prepared as preparation makes the process much easier on the human and the equine.

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

http://www.donkeywhisperer.com

Why Do Donkeys Hate Dogs?


Donkeys naturally have deep-rooted self-preservation skills.  What are predators for the donkey? Coyotes, wolves, cougars, bear and yes our precious pet dogs.  If we think about it the dog resembles the wolves and coyote the donkey does not know the difference until they are trained and understand their life is not in jeopardy. Our farm dogs are never able to get into the same space the donkey is living in. Our fences prevent accidents. When the donkeys come out our dogs are trained to stay in one place until called.  Next we show the donkey we are the leader over the dog and the donkey without abuse. A leader is a leader 100% of the time. 

Need help training your donkey?

Select Donkey Whisperer Farm.

Donkeys can learn to tolerate a dog but it takes a really good trainer utilizing outstanding leadership with the dog and the donkey.  The dog must never be authorized to chase, bite, nip the donkey. One kick is all it takes to kill the dog. Make sure your dog and donkey understand you are the leader with no abuse ever.

Safety tip:

Place hot wire beneath the paddock fence to ensure no dog or predator can get in by crawling under the fence.

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Safety is the most important concern when working with equine (donkeys, horses and mules) and our beloved dogs.  

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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