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

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Spring Grass Is Dangerous


 

SPRING!

In many parts of the world Spring has arrived and with it bulbs are blooming and birds are singing. It is a joyous time as we all stretch our wings from a long winter slumber, BUT, Spring is also the arrival of one of donkey’s worst enemies…GRASS!

If there is any health threat that is the most difficult to understand and get across to donkey (and all equine) owners it is the extreme dangers of spring/summer grass.

Grass, whether in a pasture, field or lawn has been dormant all winter. In response to increased temperatures and more direct sun, high concentrates of sugar are produced by the root system to signal sudden growth. This sugar is carried from the roots of the grass to the stem. Grass becomes lush and green and brimming with sugar and simple carbohydrates. It is the equivalent of a rich pastry for us human beings.

Our donkey’s have been in mud, cold and gloom for months and we cannot find it in ourselves to keep them from “getting out”, “being in the warmth of the sun” and “doing what comes natural”. BUT, grass is NOT natural for donkeys and is detrimental to their health! As desert dwellers donkeys rarely have access to green grass in the wild. Their natural diet is high fiber woody materials and every inch of their anatomy is designed for this, including their gut and their feet.

The list of health ailments caused by grass consumption in donkeys are numerous, including foot abscesses, colic, Cushing’s Disease, laminitis, metabolic disease and founder. Access to grass is often the cause of death in donkeys.

Remember SAFE GRASS is an oxymoron. No grass is safe for donkeys. Please monitor your donkeys access to grass. NO grass is best, but if you must turn your donkeys out turn them out when the sugar content of grass is at its lowest: Early AM before 10AM and Early PM after 5pm. During these hours the sugar has receded from the stem of the grass back down to the roots. Sugar will be at its lowest. But remember, donkeys love to dig/root up grass and plants, so they are still getting sugar no matter what time of the day it is.

Here at www.donkeywhisperer.com we are dedicated to donkey healthcare and wish you and your donkey a beautiful Spring.

Source: Kelly Probst

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

I Am Waiting For You


I am not a weed eater, brush cutter, pasture ornament nor a guard dog. I am a donkey!

I feel lonely, I get scared, I experience happiness. I long to be with other donkeys, I like to play, I love having YOUR undivided attention and I love to be loved.

Don’t forget me! I am out here waiting for YOU.

Source: Kelly Probst

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

Donkeys Feel Deeply


PLEASE REMEMBER!

Dear donkey lovers and friends,

Please do not forget that donkeys are not horses! One of the most profound differences between donkeys and horses is donkeys are extremely stoic and do not express fear, pain, agitation, anger or depression overtly.

We have seen donkeys standing off alone, appearing to rest, later to discover they were deathly ill. We have seen donkeys scared to death standing completely still, not moving, riveted in fear. We have observed donkeys being abused by humans without running away or fighting back.

On one hand this attribute of donkey personality is a plus, they make great trail and pack animals because they are not prone to moods, aggression and flight behavior. They would rather freeze, think about a situation and then move forward cautiously. But this same reflective, stoic behavior can be misunderstood.

Donkeys feel deeply. Donkeys feel the same pain, hurt, betrayal, fear, anger and depression that all living beings experience. They just respond and react differently. Please know the warning signs of a donkey that could be in physical or emotional distress:

1. They are standing alone outside the herd. Donkeys are not loners, they are herd animals!

2. They are lying down frequently or for long periods of time. Donkeys rarely roll or thrash about when in pain.

3. They are off food, even for one meal.

4. They are walking slowly, tenderly, leery of striding out.

5. Their eyes are sullen, depressed and their ears are down.

6. They have lost interest, enthusiasm for food, you or their friends/partners.

7. They are frozen and will not move when asked. This can be misunderstood to be stubbornness, but it is frequently fear of their environment, circumstance or mistrust for the person who is leading them or in charge of their welfare.

8. If you notice a human mistreating or abusing a donkey you will likely notice the donkey BEARING the pain and humiliation. Please intervene if possible!

Please observe your donkey/donkeys everyday for any of these signs. Only YOU truly know your donkey. Any change in behavior should be a red flag!

Thank you!

Source: Kelly Probst

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

Melody & Scott Johnson

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

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