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!
Source: Kelly Probst
GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!
Melody & Scott Johnson
TIS THE SEASON!
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.
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!
Perhaps you are just thinking about introducing a couple of donkeys to your farm. Donkeys are most happy when living with the same sex donkey two jennies, two geldings at least. Please never make a donkey live alone.
Or you have donkeys and are wondering what you can do to make the donkey healthier and more willing to be your partner?
The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC is your one stop shopping resource. We are here to help you keep your donkeys living in their forever home. Please do not give up on your donkey until you take our course and purchase our donkey halter.
If you the owner gives up on your donkey. The donkey is sent to sale, auction or worse the meat buyers. We want to change the lives of donkeys one donkey at a time. It all starts with the owner. If we can teach you how to understand how to be a fair leader 100% of the time. We can train you to train the donkey. It’s all about you! Not the donkey.
NEED HELP TRAINING YOUR DONKEY?
Select Donkey 101 Series “Train The Owner To Train The Donkey”
The first thing you need is the Donkey Whisperer Farm rope halter with matching lead line. Why? Our halter is made to fit your donkey and accelerate your training. Please never leave any halter on your donkey, horse or mule when not in attendance to avoid death or self-mutilation. This halter lead line is a training tool. A tool we will teach you how to use. Select DONKEY ROPE HALTER/LEAD LINE FOR SALE MINI, STANDARD AND MAMMOTH.
Please never leave any halter on your donkey, horse or mule while not in 100% attendance to avoid self-mutilation or death. Worried you cant catch your donkey? We teach you the owner how to train the donkey to come to you each time you call them on your farm.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC