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

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Salt For Donkeys, Horses and Mules – Loose is better


 Most donkey, horse and mule owners may not think about salt.  Did you know that salt blocks were actually designed for cattle?  Cows have rough tongues that can easily lick the block.  A block of salt is better than nothing at all. The best is loose (granular) salt.

Donkeys, mules and horses have smoother tongues than a cow and may not actually get their needed amount of salt from a block.  They may end up biting the block in an attempt to get more, which can lead to teeth and jaw or tooth problems.  The equine suffering from salt- deficient may lick or chew on objects or may actually lick or eat dirt.

No worries about equine over consuming lose salt. Simply place in a separate container in the shelter or give a little at night. Your choice.

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Donkey Rope Halter Yacht Rope, Brass Snap For Sale


The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC is proud to provide custom donkey rope halters with matching lead lines made to fit your donkey. You can purchase our standard or mini donkey halter using our measurements or you can measure.  Each of our standard and mini donkey halters are adjustable to fit any mini or standard donkey from four-months to full-grown. If you would like to measure let us know we will send you the template to measure and our contractors will make your halter to fit your donkey, mule, or horse.

We offer the best donkey, mule or horse halters and lead lines in the world as we sell all new halters and lead lines with a lifetime warranty. Free shipping in the U.S.A. Ask us for a quote to ship anywhere in the world at our e-mail info@donkeywhisperer.com or visit us at www.donkeywhisperer.com.

Here is a photo of a custom standard size halter our contractors made.

The Donkey Whisperer Farm contractors work in the U.S.A. Each halter is custom-made with quality material. We sell a lifetime warranty with each new halter and lead line. Lead lines and halters come in mini, standard and Mammoth sizes. Lead lines come in 6ft, 9ft and 12ft.

  1. Yacht rope will never mold. Dirty? Wash in a bucket of warm soapy water and let dry. No mold! Yacht rope is soft and will last a lifetime.
  2. Brass screw on snap for training your donkey and to add a longer or shorter lead line quickly.
  3. A leather popper on the end of the lead line to touch your donkey in training not hit your donkey.

Please never leave any halter on your donkey while not in 100% attendance to avoid death or self-mutilation. We teach the owner how to train the donkey. Select Donkey 101 video on demand.

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Wild Donkeys


IN THE WILD

Today we hold in our hearts and in our thoughts the last of the Wild Burros of the Western United States. It is estimated that only 8000 genetically pure wild burros remain in five States. An icon of the wild west and a keystone species of the desert, America would not be what it is today without the Wild Burro.

Please, when possible, be a voice against the systematic destruction of these beautiful creatures by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and please send your prayers.

This photo was taken in 2016 of a wild jenny and her foal at Alamo Lake State Park, Arizona.

Thank you,
Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

Source: Kelly Probst

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Apples and Pears Are Ripe In Sequim, WA


Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

Apple Season has arrived! As great as they may be for humans this is not great for the domesticated Donkey, Mule or Horse. In fact this may cause DEATH from Colic and/or a huge amount of stress, tears, vet cost or even burying the beloved equine (Donkey, horse or mule).

Never feed grass clippings or bread to your horse, donkey or mule. PLEASE NEVER FEED ANOTHER ANY ANIMAL THAT IS NOT YOUR ANIMAL. Some animals have a form of insulin resistance, most must have a slow change of diet or they can founder, hoof rots out abscess or colic or worse die. 

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Donkeys, Horses and Mules get Sick, belly aches and gas from eating too many apples! Eating too much human food can increase their risk for colic.

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

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What Big Ears You Have


MY WHAT BIG EARS YOU HAVE!

Often we get the sweetest inquiries from children asking, “Why do donkeys have such big ears?”. It is a really good question.

Donkeys are desert dwellers and are native to dry, hot climates with sparse, woody vegetation. Unlike horses, donkeys do not cluster in tight herds for grazing in abundant grass lands. Donkeys spread out over large dry environments browsing and rooting up woody vegetation. Often a specific donkey herd will be spread out over a mile or more browsing. It has been determined that Mother Nature, in all of her wisdom, designed donkeys with large ears so they could communicate at great distances. Literally, donkey ears act as long distance antennas receiving vital communication from other herd members. This information is imperative to the survival and safety of the herd.

Secondly, research has shown that donkey’s ears act as a cooling agent. Due to their large surface area donkey ears are able to sweat and cool a donkey’s overall body temperature. These automatic cooling devices are critical to survival in hot desert temperatures.

So, ‘long ears’ are not simply adorable, but they are inherently functional and vital to donkey survival.

Source: Kelly Probst

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Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Frat Party


FRAT PARTY

Because donkeys are herd animals and are ‘species specific’ their happiness meter increases dramatically when they are paired with another donkey or in a donkey herd. Happiness equates to improved psychological well being and physical health which means fewer behavioral problems and veterinary bills for owners. It is a win/win for both donkeys and their owners/guardians.

But, what happens when donkeys become ‘herd bound’?

Because many donkey owners/caretakers don’t spend time socializing and interacting with their donkeys on a regular basis their donkeys bond and become attached to their donkey companion or herd. Inevitably, when it is time for their donkey to leave their partner or herd the donkey panics, becomes stressed or misbehaves. We have seen far too many disasters when a donkey must be separated from its partner and one or both donkeys are plunged into hysteria. Being ‘herd bound’ is extremely dangerous for both the donkey and the owner!

As donkey owners and guardians we must be able to separate our donkeys and attend to them individually. At some point all donkeys will need to be separated, even temporarily, due to an abscess, illness, injury, diet change, medicating or for the farrier or vet.

Being ‘herd bound’ reflects on the owner NOT the donkey! Donkeys naturally migrate toward the leader of the herd and the strongest member for companionship. There is a natural hierarchy in herd psychology and as with all herd animals donkeys have a strong instinct for safety and survival. If your donkey does not consider you the leader of the herd or his/her partner you cannot expect your donkey to feel safe in your presence. You must be a leader worthy of your donkey’s trust and respect.

The solution for a ‘herd bound’ donkey is your time and patience. Learn to be a leader. Prove to your donkey that he/she can look to you for safety and natural herdsmanship.

To learn how to be a leader go to: http://donkeywhisperer.com/onlinetrainingcourse.htm

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Source: Kelly Probst

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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