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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!
I’m thinking about how humble the donkey is without any effort just the way GOD made them. What if us humans could learn how to be more humble with each human and animal we encounter? I think our world would be much easier to navigate, what do you think?
Preparation is the key to success with equine it’s the difference between riding and laying on the ground. We took our young equine not able to be ridden yet as their bones were not fully developed unable to carry our weight for many trail walks to prepare them for trail riding. Rio carried our lunch and water please don’t ride your equine too young and please don’t put a heavy weighted human on a miniature or pony this is abuse and it’s not funny. What age is my equine fully grown?
When training plan ahead and make sure your equine is prepared for anything you are asking them to do before you swing your leg over their back. Safety is a good thing.
Humble meaning in the dictionary let’s make a plan to try to be more humble. What do you think about being humble? Consider leaving a comment.
What is the meaning of the cross on the donkey? Here is a look at the legend of the cross and the bible verse.
Donkeys are blessings from GOD no doubt and we are forever grateful for our donkeys. Please remember if you are working with a donkey to honor and respect them have a plan before working with them. Most not all donkeys are very introverted and it is very important to not force new things on them too quickly, walk away from them holding the new blanket, saddle or anything new let them come to you and explore don’t force it on them.
Donkeys are visual learners so try to be creative when setting up training for your donkeys let them see an honor donkey getting his feet picked out and a brush before forcing this on him/her. I have seen donkeys lay down from fear and the owner pushing to hard and too fast as timing in equine training is essential to success. My horse is an extrovert and when she gets scared she moves her feet as her personality is to run away under fear with the training from the Parelli program she is much better today.
Did you know that horses, mules and donkeys that are introverted will lay down when they see no way out of what is scaring them from the human predator I mean trainer. This is a very heart breaking thing for me to see or hear about there is no need for this training and it ruins the equine as now they have lost the desire to learn and be curious and they are terrified. Try to think of it this way how easy is it for you to learn something new when you are terrified and think you will die? The donkey, horse and mule will lay down from fear of dying they simply give up! The equine is overwhelmed and afraid of the human predator doing the training. This is why I love Parelli program as they teach the human trainer how to train for each introvert, extrovert and not be a predator for our beloved equine.
Please be a humble equine trainer, have empathy when training horses, donkeys and mules. Extroverted horses can become so afraid they flip over backwards and break their backs or land on the rider but introverts will not move their feet or lay down. Parelli teaches how to read the horseanalities this is a very powerful tool that can be used for donkeys and mules too. Be a natural trainer without abuse and high standards at performing and I promise you your donkeys, mules and horses will step up far and beyond your expectations. The bonus they will run up to see you every time you come to the gate. Why? They look forward to the relationship with you not fear it. All of my equine come to see me every time I go to the gate they know I will treat them with respect and I will never abuse them. Important consideration; you must be safe and have tools to keep you in the leadership role without abuse so learning the natural training becomes easy for you and your beloved equine.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
I received an e-mail this morning wanting to know how to go about this task? I highly suggest studying under the home study program of Parelli 30 days free. Parelli has the best home study program available to teach you how to teach your donkey to ride. Parelli also offer a wonderful social network program to meet Parelli trainers working in your area and students all across the world.
Preparation is the key to training in natural equine training and lot’s of patience with donkeys. Donkeys are intelligent and require a plan of action every time you are working with them, please remember less is more for all equine. When you ask your beloved equine to do a new task ensure you understand how to ask them and release the pressure immediately after they do it right. Always end short training sessions with the equine doing something right. Kinda like when you were a kid and you were in school and a teacher would end the class with making you feel stupid? Did you ever want to go back to that teacher again? Nope. One of the reasons I love Parelli home study is they truly care about the equine. They teach the human partner to be a partner, end each session with a good feeling for the equine and they are clear that love is not enough to train and stay safe, Parelli has tools to help you stay safe, rope halter, carrot stick, seven games and much, much more. Working with equine is very serious business and safety should always be your number one concern for you and your beloved equine.
Please remember that all equine (donkey, horses and mules) must be given the basic training and physical strength exercises before riding them. It is not fair to the equine to just hop on and expect them to carry the humans weight without prior physical strength training. It is not fair to hop on and expect them to understand how to turn, whoa and back up without training. Think how you would feel if a person hopped on your back, stuck a bit in your mouth, kicked you in the ribs to go while speaking in a foreign language? All of the preparation in riding can be taught on the ground before swinging the leg over the equine give Parelli home study a try it works. Check out the live forum on the donkey whisperer to ask questions and look at all the new free information for training ideas and health and well-being of our beloved equine.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Donkeys Can Be Slow To respond, Slow To Move Usually, Not Always. EXTROVERT VS INTROVERT
“Donkeys need us humans to become a person with a plan, most importantly a human the donkey can respect while having no fear. A human trainer using a creative and innovative plan to make things interesting. Donkeys get bored much faster than the horse and their ability to learn is different from the horse or mule (1/2 horse 1/2 donkey.” I own extroverted donkeys and introverted donkeys. Interesting each must be trained a little different. My two new mini donkeys from the left to right are extreme athletes and extroverts.
This photo was taken two days before the trim. Toes are too long here. All donkeys, mules and horses need their hooves trimmed on a regular basis. Toe pushed back, heel low and please do not dig out the sole. Depending on the part of the world you live in trimming is done different. I live in a green state, Washington, all eight equine are trimmed every six weeks in the spring and summer and seven in the fall and winter. Why? The hoof grows faster in the warmer seasons. If we do not pay attention to thee low sugar/protein diet and the hoof care our donkeys can get what is called white line, seedy toe and lots of pain and suffering abscesses, insulin resistance and more. Donkeys evolved in the desert. Never forget this.
How do donkeys learn different from the horse?
“Donkeys must be tamed before teaching them any task; riding, leading, picking up the hoof, taking a walk on the lead, and more. Horses prefer this method too! Please be patient and remember you are on Donkey Time “kinda like living in a vacation place like Hawaii life is easy and slow ON DONKEY TIME.
Donkeys being trained successfully require a safe, fair, loving home where they feel their human partner is the leader of their herd. Donkeys have a very difficult time learning from a stranger or doing anything for a stranger without their human leader helping.
People make jokes all the time to me about donkeys “oh your little or big ass. “ I am quick to reply Ass is reserved for the two legged human, I think it don’t say it and yes I am a donkey whisperer for humans too. :)
Learning how to train a donkey really helps with the humans in our life that can be an ass as it requires patience, love, boundaries and understanding. I like to say give everyone the three-second rule to correct the behavior in a fair and practical way no abuse, this works on humans who step over boundaries too.
What is the three-second rule?
Wait for the animal to make a mistake and correct the mistake within three seconds without abuse but always staying safe as safety is number one. If we wait more than three seconds the animal has forgot what they did wrong and can not learn the correct behavior. People need boundaries too, I have learned it is best to make a correction with another human within three seconds not wait six months or even a year to tell another person about our personal boundary.
Donkeys are visual learners:
If you bring a new donkey into your farm let them have time to soak, stand back and watch you clean the feet of your honor equine, ride them, brush them, you get the picture. Donkeys learn by standing back and watching our Mammoth donkey RIo learned to open the door simply by watching me and my husband open the door and shut the barn door. Use this training tool to your advantage.
Humans are natural predators
All equine can sense who is a good human and who is a bad human (abuse and natural techniques) when the donkey, horse or mule is afraid they do whatever it takes to stay safe. I highly suggest any person who is new to training donkeys, mules and horses pick a tamed, not abused equine first. Remember all equine need a buddy to live with for their health and safety and donkeys are most happy when living with another donkey and horses are most happy when living with another horse.
Why Do I Love Donkeys and Mules?
Donkeys do not freak out or go right brain on adrenalin very often as they are seriously into counting every calorie, donkeys have a high self-preservation skill. Donkeys can think all of the time no need to get in a hurry as they understand mistakes happen when they get into a hurry.
Donkeys are usually “not always” introverted thus people call them stubborn (some horses and ponies act this way with boring work and no motivation, inspiration opportunities) they stop moving their feet, sometimes they just lay down. The need for a great leader is evident in these equine!
Why do I love horses?
“Horses are majestic and fast, my horse Miss Lily is a quarter horse but she has some speed in her kinda like a sports car, not for everyone but exactly what I needed to get my life back on track she is a natural leader and if she was a wild horse she would fight to the death to stay on top.”
This is her personality and well it’s mine we are truly mirrored together and I understand her needing to move her feet and run and buck get the endorphins pumping as this is my personality too. Miss Lily is a lot of horse and she is always pushing the boundaries and then finally she can stop and think and go to work, in the wrong owners hands she could become a very dangerous horse.
When I think back to all the abuse I have seen of donkeys, horses and mules it makes me want to cry!
Most donkeys are thrown in a pasture with a horse as a pasture mate and well that’s it. “I say you are missing out” Donkeys are good for us humans who work too much, speed around too fast in life as they make us slow down, Donkeys help us humans live on Donkey Time, enjoy the moment GOD has placed in our life as we will never have this moment again. The donkey, horse and mule is a healer and is used for post traumatic stress, physical therapy, and emotional wholeness.
Short training Video of Rio & Melody – before the semi truck accident
Please remember to keep your training sessions short, drilling does not work with equine especially the donkey as they will stop trying. Always teach both sides (right and left) of the equine (horse, donkey & Mule) and remember just like people one side is easier than the other. Try to set the equine up for success so if you are training something new don’t drill and go back to something the equine has mastered and end the training session with the equine succeeding never the opposite.
Please consider another way to train your equine! Stop getting disturbed by your training with your equine break the negative cycle and provide the equine with a successful training class, set them up for success. You chsoe the equine they did not choose you, you are the smart human, you can do this!
Remember to end the short training session (no more than fifteen to twenty minutes per task) with play time something the donkey, mule or horse has mastered and enjoys. A small bite of green grass helps on the way back to the barn, trailer, stall etc as you are connecting with your donkey. I know you are saying they have feed in the barn. Yes, but the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence and this is an opportunity for you to do something your equine wants to do, get a few bites of green grass just a few minutes of your time really makes the relationship stronger. Donkeys demand a connection to learn and horses dream of this kind of training.
Donkeys are not horses with long ears
Please don’t try to make them into something they are not “old cowboy” training does not work for donkeys. It is much easier to attract a positive result with honey than vinegar and this works with people too; family, business, work, neighbors, give it a try to remember to be grateful for everything in your life and be grateful for everything Jesus Christ has given you to steward over. Life is a gift and we must cherish each and every moment.
Just like people have personalities equine (donkey, mule & horse) have horsenalities as Parelli says “pick your equine carefully”. Another important consideration is taking your donkey for walks of grazing allowing them to take a bite here and their with you walking next to them.
Dogs and Donkeys
Please remember Donkeys hate dogs instinctively dogs are predators plan to make the training successful when de-senstizing them don’t let the dog chase at your equine ever. Your carrot stick from Parelli works great to keep the dog in their space if they move in too close to the equine as it just takes one kick and the dog is dead, no do over.
Please remember with GOD driving your life in Jesus Christ name your opportunities are infinity! Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. Proverbs 4:23 NIV
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
If you own a donkey you understand the difference between a donkey and a horse for sure! Perhaps you are considering a donkey? Please understand donkeys & mules (half horse and half donkey) require health just like the horse; shelter, clean mold free low sugar hay, feet trimmed, teeth, veterinarian and one more thing donkeys are easy keepers.
Select Wikpedia What is the meaning behind Ass to read more.
What is an easy keeper?
Donkeys are always easy keepers and require low sugar (below 10% NO alfalfa hay) shots, clean water, love, exercise, training, rubs, talked to and shelter whew! Donkeys CAN NOT stay healthy in big pastures full of green grass as this causes laminitis (sugar diabetes in humans) interesting article by Pete Ramey http://www.hoofrehab.com/HORP-061200-LAMINITIS.pdf
Donkeys were created by GOD and to prove it GOD placed a cross on their back, the cross is easy to see in light-colored donkeys and difficult to see in the dark-colored donkeys. Donkeys began their existence in the desert eating very little a bite here and there and of course donkeys have those magnificent ears to alert them early to predators for survival of their species. Please remember if you commit to a donkey you really should commit to two donkeys as donkeys are happier in every way when living with another donkey. It is my opinion the mini donkey is the least amount of money for purchasing and care; hay, vet, clean up and much easier to train as they are miniature donkeys physically easier manage. I highly suggest Parelli http://www.parellinaturalhorsetraining.com to learn how to train a donkey as there are very few donkey trainers in the world so home study is your best option. I offer free support at my website http://www.donkeywhisperer.com.
Both of our donkeys are
Johns; geldings (Johns are for gelded mules only) Rio (mammoth) and Rocket Man (mini) or in horse language (gelding cannot reproduce) and both of them are introverted and afraid of new things. Not all donkeys are afraid of new things and gelding are usually easier than jacks (stallion) in horse world. Jennies (mares horse world) can be more difficult as they can reproduce so please remember this. My training is completely different for my donkeys than for my horse (mare) as she is extremely fast and extroverted I must match her personality with my timing and plan of action to stay safe and keep her as a model equine with respect for humans. Interesting thought; some ponies can act like donkeys more whoa than go and will not move their feet.
If you open your home, heart and bank account to a couple of donkeys (the only animal in the bible GOD gave the ability to talk) be prepared for the donkey bug as donkeys are that special! This applies when donkeys are lucky enough to be cared for by a human who treats them with clear black and white (no gray) leadership, love, respect and no abuse of any kind. “On the other hand if the human is a human Ass the donkeys will not be loving and friendly as they are into self-preservation first and most importantly”, just like you or I would be if we were being abused by a human Ass.
I say “Ass is saved for the human and used when needed only by the human’s ability to care for any living thing including the donkey.” Thus I wear my shirt saying “I am the ass whisperer whenever I am dealing with humans as it creates laughter, lightens everyone up. I never call the donkey an Ass as they are the sweetest loving equine (horse, donkey, mule) I have ever encountered in my entire life UNLESS the human Ass has abused the donkey. When encountering a donkey that has been subjected to the human Ass abuse it is very difficult to heal/train the abused donkey and sometimes not possible. Sadly now the donkey that has been abused is scared and can become very dangerous as donkeys are into self-preservation the same as you or I would be if treated inhumanly.
Taming a new donkey:
I use Parelli “friendly game”, rope halter, carrot stick, no abuse put the donkey in a small space, talk calmly to the donkey, keep your face away from their hips, rear as donkeys can kick sideways like a cow. I begin by saying whoa in a small space, rub their face, tie them up so they cannot move to start this taming as most not all donkeys can be introverted standing still and scared to death or can get aggressive when scared. Donkeys are very physical equine it is important to remember any kind of equine (horse, donkey or mule) can be dangerous you must take responsibility for your actions. I have learned that most tamed donkeys want their loving time first, scratching, rubbing, talking to them and they love a healthy treat i.e., 1/2 green apple a couple of pieces of carrot. Learn parelli as they explain the psychology of the equine and Parelli started out with a mule so he truly understands the patience, consistency and all that is needed to be successful with donkeys and for Mr. Parelli & Mrs. Parelli I am grateful and I am sure all the donkeys that get this training are grateful as I have seen and heard of some very horrific training techniques for donkeys, mules and horses.
Why did I name my farm and website the Donkey Whisperer in lieu of Ass Farm etc.?
GOD in Jesus precious name gave me the idea and the domain name was available at just the correct time for me and to GOD I am truly grateful. I want to help all the equine and the humans live a life of promises as GOD has written in the bible. While the world is in turmoil GOD is holding his children close to him and GOD is making a way for his children to smile in the middle of the storm. GOD has brought smiles, peace, purpose, safety, love, success to our lives as we honor GOD in Jesus precious name over and over every day. When you say the simple prayer “Jesus come into my life I make you my Lord and Savior” we believe GOD will change everything in your mind, body, spirit and life. GOD never said life would be easy here on earth but he did say he will never forsake us or leave us as we are his children.
Save the word ASS for the human and use as needed (just think it don’t say it) I promise it will help put a smile on your face, please call the donkey a “DONKEY”. Smile
GOD bless you and your family two and four legs!
First and most important make sure you have tamed your equine dictionary states the word tamed is; (of animals) not fearful of human contact. All animals need to trust their human partner and know they are safe, I mean safe like we want to feel safe.
Do you remember the last time you were afraid of a person, dentist, surgery?
Our beloved equine are looking for the feeling of safety they felt when they were little with their moma. After surviving a semi truck accident while riding as a passenger with serious life threatening injuries I understand what fear is and how hard it is to trust the nurses and doctors. I believe it is vital that the human partner has empathy for their equine and continuously looks for ways to keep the equine safe and comfortable. Try looking in your own life and think how you would want to be treated if you were the equine. So many people today are in a hurry, work, family kids, shopping and I just want to go ride my equine or take them to an event or medical appointment. I promise if you take your time to tame your equine first learn the Parelli seven games, timing, pressure release all of your equine will walk right into their horse trailer.
This is the state equine can go into with different reactions; donkeys stand and don’t move when scared usually, but some can fight and move. My left brain extrovert horse when terrified will do everything she can to avoid death, try to look at the psychology of your equine first. Consider having empathy, taking the time it takes to help your equine learn that the horse trailer is safe and most important prove to your equine that you will always keep them safe never ever abuse them or authorize anyone to abuse them as the equine never forgets abuse. Parelli utilizes the carrot stick in training creating an extension of the human arm, a long tale and a way to stay safe but not abuse. Some people think love the equine and all will be well these people can end up dead as a thousand pound equine is no match physically for a human. Working with equine is dangerous always have a plan before stepping into the same space with the equine.
If you don’t think the horse trailer is safe in the back of your mind, body and soul you will convey this feeling to your horse! If you think your horse trailer is safe the equine will feel safe as they have the ability to sense every feeling their human partner has. Expectancy, visualization, believing and seeing the positive end result of whatever we want to do starts with our mind, trust GOD in all things and life is easier.
Staying safe with a thousand pound equine is the most important training lesson for you and your beloved horse, donkey or mule, accidents happen usually due to poor leadership as ignorance is not bliss, clearly poor planning. Horses who think they are going to die will do everything they can to avoid death such as jumping up, hitting their head in fear, spinning in the horse trailer to get out and more. Please take the time it takes to tame your equine and then create a plan where your beloved equine is wanting to get into the safest horse trailer you can afford to purchase utilizing resistance free training.
Every time we are with our equine we are teaching them something and feeding time is a really great opportunity to train on respect such as; OUT (of the barn), taking the grain or treat with manners, always having two eyes pointed at us. Safety is number one in working with equine.
Why is it important to feed our equine ourselves?
Trust, leadership, responsibility, and building a solid relationship as we must be the person who does the great stuff for the equine not just the riding and training. If all you do with your equine is ride pretty soon they will not be wanting to come to you and be your partner and most likely when you fall off they will not come back to you as prisoners are always looking for a way to escape. I highly suggest you take advantage of Parelli, get the rope halter, lead line and carrot stick and learn the seven games. I highly suggest looking into the free 30 days of training being offered from Parelli to become a partner with your equine.
Equine (horse, donkey or mule) are prey animals they look at the horse trailer and the human as predators and the trailer is going to trap them and possibly kill them. It is your job to help them learn the trailer is safe and comfortable before taking them for a trip in the horse trailer spend at least a week feeding lunch and letting them out of their trailer.
Thirty four years is a long time to have a dream and I should have bought an eighteen year old gelding but I was determined to have my own horse trained by me and so my journey in Parelli began as I needed tools to manage this young horse. Next we purchased our Mammoth donkey Left brain introvert afraid of everything and more WHOA than GO, now I was in a real pickle and having no experience with donkeys other than a ride down the grand canyon at nine years old I needed help yesterday. Donkeys push away from pressure so they are a challenge to train and when they are done they lay down. The best thing a human can do for their donkey is less training and never push them to the point they lay down, always go back to something they enjoy doing and have mastered when ending short training sessions of no more than 15 minutes.
The right way to trailer load our equine (horse, donkey, mule) is taking the time it takes for the equine to enjoy getting into the trailer and have no plan on going anywhere as every time we are in a hurry the equine picks up on this energy and they cannot tell if it is danger or what just high energy and the equine gets nervous. Next I send them into the trailer with hay in it no pressure just eat lunch! This is where they would eat their lunch a few days a week and then in the evening my husband Scott and I would take them for a ride in their trailer and have nowhere to go just a ride to get use to the noise of other cars, footing to stand in the trailer around forty minutes each time. I use the Parelli yo-yo game with just my finger to back them out of the trailer and this is much safer than bursting out of the trailer in a hurry.
If you are having a problem with trailer loading remember it has nothing to do with the trailer and everything to do with preparation, leadership and trust. As the equine leader and owner it is our job to be the best leader we can to provide the equine with preparation and relaxation techniques. Remember to treat the equine with respect and dignity the way we would want to be treated if we were placed in a situation we were afraid of the little things make the biggest difference in everything we do. Sadly most people do not have the time it takes to lead and train the equine to trailer load they wait until the day it is time to take them somewhere and this is a big mistake.
Thank GOD I had trained all of my equine utilizing the Parelli training techniques before this almost fatal motor vehicle accident in spring of 2010. All of my equine enjoy having their lunch in their trailer give it a try. Please remember that every time you are working with equine you are in a dangerous situation but with tools as Parelli states “savvy” you have a better chance of not getting hurt. Safety should be your number one concern for you and your equine.
Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Parelli!!!!
GOD bless you and your family two and four legs!