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

Mud Madness


It is the season! Winter wet and spring rain may bring “Mud Fever” to your barn. Here in the Pacific Northwest USA we see it nearly every spring!!

Mud fever is a skin reaction caused by the bacteria known as ” dermatophilus congolensis” which most commonly presents itself in the soft tissue of the pastern joint. We frequently see it in donkeys who live in wet areas and are stabled in muddy paddocks and pastures. Donkeys are very prone to this skin infection because their thick hair holds moisture close to the skin. Mud Fever can also present in other areas of the body, but we suggest a daily check of your donkeys pastern and fetlock joints.

Don’t ignore mud fever! This skin disease can take off on you and proliferate into a full blown infection and inflammatory disease. If you see any signs of matted hair, crusty material or scabbing on your donkeys pasterns or anywhere on your donkeys lower limbs it is time to kick into gear! Here are our suggestions for treating Mud Fever:

** Call your Veterinarian if you find scabs that are bloody, redness and inflammation, swelling and/or discomfort!

1. Carefully clip the pastern joint area and all around the matted/ infected area. You must remove all hair! The bacteria hide in and thrive in hair.

2. Clean the area well with Nolvasan or a very, very light concentrate of Betadine Scrub. Never use straight Betadine!

3. Let the area dry well. For at least 20-30 minutes. Towel dry.

4. Apply a Mud Fever product or a high quality Zinc Oxide (Baby Diaper Cream) all over the area. Zinc Oxide is a water repellent and a healer. Do this twice a day.

5. Now the difficult one: Keep your donkey out of wet pastures and wet paddocks. Bring them into a dry barn or a stall. If you cannot do this, you must wrap the pastern/leg and keep this area dry and free of exposure to the wet elements.

There are some good products out there for Mud Fever, our favorite is” Mud Stop”. Mud Stop addresses both the bacterial infection as well as the wetness.

Good luck and remember prevention is the key, check your donkeys lower limbs daily!

NOTE: This photo represents what was discovered UNDER the hair after clipping. This needs a veterinarian’s attention!

Source: Kelly Probst

GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!


Building A Home




2017 is our year! This has been a long process of praying, planning and waiting for the exact right time.

Things To Consider Before You Start To Build 

Marrigage – Did you plan your dreams with your partner? If not things could get rocky. Marriage is a give and take each must learn to let go. Read How to stay married while building.

Land – Will you purchase the land or use your builders land? If you use the builders land the builder may or may not want you to use their builder and cookie cutter plans. These plans will not be your custom plans.  Do your homework, easements, wetlands, etc., are important before purchasing land with nothing on it.

Working with an architect is not always easy. Just like everything in life you must do some work if your goal is excellence. Interview and research to find the right architect who is willing listen to you, build your home not their creative project.  This is your money. Try to find an architect that actually has experienced building a home from beginning to end. Some never get out of the office. 

Learning to read the house drawings. Ask you architect before you start paying and working with him/her to teach you how to read the drawings. This seems to get lost in the middle of the storm of creating the house.

Read your contract

The builder must follow the contract i.e., you asked for a certain size (material) of window, door this must be installed. No cheap stuff can be exchanged without your signature on the contract.

Change orders is a NO, NO. Do not do re-work, make sure all of your house is in 3D to walk around inside your home before signing off on the house. This will save you tears and money. When you have a great builder everything is wonderful. Let the experts take care of your home the first time correctly. The cost to do re-work is too expensive both financially and emotionally.

Live on your land for at least one to two years. Why? Neighbors, noise, weather helps determine where you want to place your home. We lived on our land for two years before construction started, this has been an invaluable experience in determining where to place the home on our farm.

Select Live on your land while your home is being built. 

Do your homework before purchasing your land, easements, wetlands, etc., are important before purchasing land with nothing on it.

The most important person to hire is your builder. Meet people who have used the builder, ask to walk in and see their work.  A good builder will have references. Interview at least three builders in your area.

Finally it’s time to build. Make sure your builders contract reflects you do not want garbage left on your property, loud music blasting, cigarets, food thrown about. Write this on the contract. Install video surveillance! Be sure to keep outstanding records and an outstanding budget. Did you know you will pay tax for building your home? Yes!

Did you know building a home is stressful? Yes! Dreams and reality sometimes do not match depending on your pocket-book. The computer is your friend for design ideas and it’s free. Use this tool save yourself money with a fancy designer. Be sure to send photos to your builder.

Select 50 Tips To Help You Build Your Home

Sit back and enjoy watching your home be built.







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