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

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Why Train The Owner To Train The Donkey?


The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC rope halter is an adjustable halter made to fit from four-months to full-grown. Mini, Standard and Mammoth donkey halters with matching lead lines are available for sale. Select OUR STORE to order. Never leave any form of halter on your donkey, horse or mule while not in 100% attendance to avoid self-mutilation or death.  Teach your donkey to catch you, never chase your donkey. Donkeys love their human when they feel safe in fact so very much they will move others in the pasture away from you. Donkeys are saying Stay Away From My Human! Remember you are the leader. Everything we do with donkeys means something. Donkeys have a savings account with their human. If the donkey determines we are not worthy to be a fair leader the donkey will not only be done with you the donkey will start to have Post Traumatic Stress with any human who smokes, is a woman, man, wears a hat and more. If the donkey see’s you do nothing while your donkey is abused by a human or animal (dog etc.,) your donkey will deem you not a leader. Any time you can show your donkey you are taking care of the donkey you are adding to your savings account. 

Training a wild donkey is always easier than training a donkey who has been abused by people.

Did I tell you donkeys are smart not stubborn. Donkeys are visual learners. Adopt a wild donkey and do not be afraid as this is going to be an amazing journey. Your donkey will teach you all about you! Donkeys are healers!

Why train the owner to train the donkey?

The donkey must trust the human before we can train the donkey. Donkeys are thinkers, game players they are not flight equine. This does not mean your donkey will not spook. All donkeys can spook. Many factors come to play when owning a donkey as in all equine the more we can show the donkey we are a fair leader and expose them to our human world the better the donkey will be. Donkeys generally do not enjoy loud music, and chaos. Donkeys are comical and intelligent. “Donkeys are not stubborn they are smart” if your donkey is not learning perhaps it is time for you to learn how to train your donkey. It’s all about you! Stay ON DONKEY TIME when training your donkey and remember your donkey will learn best when you do not drill. Wait another day and stay consistent in your words, timing and training techniques.

The donkey or ass (Equus africanus asinus) is a desert equine.  

The Donkey evolved in the desert. The donkey is truly an exotic equine in my most humble opinion. The donkey is a game player who can read a human in 3 seconds. 

  1. Abuser – Predator
  2. Treat Dispenser
  3. Fair Leader

The owner is the person responsible for the health, care and life of at least two donkeys. Donkeys need to live with another donkey. I suggest a couple of male gelding for the newbie donkey owner. Never a Jack or Stallion horse world. Jennies can be more difficult as they have estrus. Some gelding donkeys will bite, try to mount a female when in estrus I suggest keeping the jennies in one pasture and the geldings in another. This is your farm and your rules. My job is to help you the owner setup your farm for peace and harmony.

If you own donkeys you understand how important it is to train your donkeys. Sadly most donkeys in our world do not get treated fair. The abuse is horrific and not needed in any way. Please take a look at Donkey 101 video on demand to help you begin learning how to be a fair leader.

“Donkeys require the same care as a horse”

Trimming of the hooves at least every eight weeks, vet care, teeth, shots, health check-ups, fecal samples, tested low sugar/protein hay, clean water, shelter, slow feeder. Check the body for sores and watch how your donkey moves to notice any health changes. Exercise is vital to the health of the desert equine, keep your donkey moving. Care and planning is imperative to the health of domesticated donkeys.  

Donkeys are stoic – Meaning they will never show pain until it is too late. Donkeys die every day from pain or sickness, your vet and trimmer must work together. Please call the vet as soon as you see your donkey laying down more often than normal. A body in motion stays in motion. For the donkey staying down is death! We must do everything we can to get them up and moving again as soon as possible. Your vet is always your best option.  Please do not throw your donkeys out in a pasture and expect them to survive in domestication. Your domesticated donkey is depending on you as you brought the donkey into your life. 

 

 

Mud Madness


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!

Melody

So You Want To Be A Farmer


December 21st, 2016 is the shortest day of the year. 

img_8146img_7999img_7987img_8101The Donkey Whisperer Farm is a blessing. We will thank GOD for this farm forever as our farm is GOD’s blessing.

 GOD bless the farmer and his/her way of life!

Farmers work hard! No vacation time, no sick days, no time off. 

Now for the good part!

  1. Every seed we plant will grow food. Food for animals to consume and eventually humans too.
  2. The land will reward us when we take the time to give back.
  3. Never expect anything less than what you put back into your soil as composting is gold for farmers.
  4. The farmer has a big office
  5. Farmers prepare for spring in the winter
  6. The farmer must be a planner and very careful with their budget
  7. Farmers get dirty every single day
  8. Farmers breathe fresh air every single day, rain, snow, wind or hot
  9. Farmers love to share as getting be a farmer is a blessing
  10. Farmers work hard and they are planners.
  11. GOD is in control. It is what it is when the bad year comes and when the good year comes. Farmers pray to God each and every day.

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What to Consider?

  • Vision and Values: A farm is both an extension of the vision and values of the individual(s) who start(s) it, and it has to be carefully planned to make sure that it fits within that vision as well as within the particular confines of the place where it is established.
  • Place Matters: Direct market farms typically aren’t well suited for the rural heartland, and rice farming is not going to be successful on the arid plains of Eastern Washington. These are extreme examples, but there are important subtleties to every market and every plot of land.
  • Planning: New farms need to have a well designed business plan that takes into consideration individual infrastructure and financial needsthe viability of marketing strategies, and the farmer’s production capacity and knowledge.
  • Education and Experience: Preparation, knowledge, and training are essential. But so is being able adapt quickly to the unexpected, to persevere when factors beyond one’s control conspire against you, and knowing how/when/what/where to expend time, energy, and resources.
  • Managing risk: It is helpful to plan careful to manage risk through diversification, financial management, and the ability to withstand a couple of bad years.
  • Start small: For most beginning farmers, we advise starting small to allow time for details to be worked out, for additional learning to occur, and to mitigate the size and scope of problems that will inevitably arise.
  • Wait for the funding to come before you grow your farm!

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Source: So You Want To Be A Farmer

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Ural Owl In Pine Tree — TPJphoto.net


Very stubborn owl. For the longest time he would not move. Free exercise and feeding are part of this owls routine. Part of a breeding program. I just photograph these guys so I wasn’t sure why he would come back down at all. I found out the answer is simple, easy chicken. There are some other […]

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Check Your Donkey, Horse or Mule For Shivering


TIS THE SEASON!

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Please watch your donkey for signs of hypothermia! By origin donkeys are desert animals and yes, they have adapted to many climates out of survival, but when temperatures get below 20 degrees, they may suffer.

Watch for shaking, tucking of the tail, standing off alone and a decrease in activity, appetite and drinking. Should you see any of these signs immediately blanket your donkey, get him/her into a warm shelter and call your veterinarian. Hypothermia can lead to colic and even death.

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Please check the blanket every day for sores etc., remove when the weather is back to raining and or the donkey is not needing stall rest per your vet. No blanket is 100% waterproof. We need to change them out and use common sense. If you have shelter, slow feeder with hay and warm water and your donkey is not shaking their fur works just fine and drys perfectly. Senior equines, donkeys with sickness can and do need our help while living in domestication. As always discuss this with your vet before the freezing wind and snow comes. Additionally remember trainig your donkey to wear a blanket should be done before the cold comes. 

Need help training your donkey check out our Donkey 101 Series – Video On Demand. Select Donkey Training 101.

Please check your equine for shaking as this is a warning sign that your equine is in distress even with shelter.

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

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