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Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC
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Donkeys are not horses with long ears. Donkeys evolved from the desert, meaning caring for a donkey can be more difficult than a horse or not. Depending on the part of the world you live in owning donkeys can be easy or difficult. Donkeys diet must be seriously low in sugar/protein. Clean water is a must. Shelter is a must too, and one more thing; make sure if you have more than one donkey you have a big enough shelter and enough of them. The leader or bully will kick all the other equine out. Donkeys will choose a safe shelter in time. Due to the donkeys thick fur staying wet can cause serious health issues.
Donkeys are like potato chips we humans can’t resist bringing home lots of donkeys. Donkeys live a healthier life physically and emotionally with their own species and it is easier to keep the weight off.
Donkeys require a hoof trim every six weeks in the spring and summer and seven weeks in the fall and winter. The hoof growth speeds up in warmer climates. If your donkey is walking and running on 100 acres of Arizona desert, the trim schedule may be longer.
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Ask your hay vendor for laminitic hay for horses. This hay will be low in sugar and protein. Hay must be clean and not moldy. A slow feeder will help your donkey with boredom. Slow down the meal process and keep your donkey healthy. Do not feed your donkey free hay in a round bale as the donkey will eat all day and all night. Sadly, many people think this is safe for the donkey. The donkey will become obese and develop life threatening health issues. Donkeys need two meals a day.
Donkeys are picky. Donkeys must have clean water. Donkeys prefer clean warm water in the winter. Remember to give free salt. Donkeys need salt. The color of your water bucket may or may not be an issue. If your donkey refuses to drink from a bucket try another color or texture. Seriously! Donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys are seriously into self-preservation.
Make your dry paddock/pasture a full-time living arrangement. Let your donkeys out to graze and get exercise a few times a week in the morning. Before 10:00am the sugar content is lower. Help your donkey get exercise. Take your donkey for walks, train to pull a cart, donkey agility. Both you and your donkey can get fit together.
Donkeys Are Smart
If you would like to learn how to train your donkey take a look at Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand. Take Melody Johnson, Donkey Behaviorist to the farm with you. Learn how to lead your donkey. Forget trying to bribe your donkey or hurt your donkey. These techniques will never work long-term. Donkeys have unique heads. Take a look at the Donkey Whisperer Farm “DONKEY HALTER/LEAD LINES”. Each halter/lead line is made with quality soft yacht rope to stop mold and frail. Made to fit your donkey’s head not the horse. The Donkey Whisperer Farm Ships Internationally. Ask us for a quote to ship to your farm outside of the U.S.A. at INFO@DONKEYWHISPERER.COM enjoy your life! Enjoy your donkey!
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Our Donkeys and horses love to meet people, it’s simply a blessing for all. The Donkey Whisperer Farm is a working farm as we grow and sell hay. 2019 we hope to plant our hay to feed to the donkeys and horses, alfalfa free and low in sugar and protein.
Last week a student of the Donkey Whisperer Farm came to visit the farm. She was taking notes to build her donkey farm. How do I control the diet? How do I keep their hooves dry while living in the damp Pacific Northwest. Keep the water warm, hose warm, fences on the Donkey Whisperer Farm, exterior and interior. We discussed how mini donkeys can escape so easily and well any size donkey. Excellent fences, gates and locks are must when caring for donkeys. Donkeys are visual learners. Less of a flight equine than the horse.
We discussed giving our donkeys a bath each and every summer. This is really important as donkeys have thick fur, the dirt and gunk gets into the skin. Donkey 101 and Donkey 102 E-VIDEO Training Series teaches the owner or caretaker how to train the donkey. Our new stick and string for the mini donkey and standard or Mammoth donkey is a training aide. Never stick your head in the kick zone until your donkey is trained to pick up the foot. I teach my students to teach the donkey to pick up the foot when the word foot is said to the donkey. Its that easy.
All animals know when people love animals or not. Donkeys are skilled in a matter of seconds with humans and predators two and four-legged. Can you see what our donkeys thought of our friend and visitor Jill?
If you are visiting the Pacific Northwest in 2019 let us know. We will do our best to give you a farm tour. We grow our own hay, summers can get a bit busy. A little planning makes everything run smoothly.
Donkeys need their hooves to be trimmed just like a horse.
In the wild the donkey is walking up to 25 to 35 miles a day. On our farm the donkey is most likely not moving this much. A trimmer who is skilled in donkeys hooves is imperative to your domesticated donkeys health. It is best to keep your donkey(s) on a regular trimming schedule.
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Donkeys need the following:
- Clean water
- A dry paddock for most of their day.
- Lose clean salt in the shelter
- Hay to be tested to come in below 10% sugar.
- Never feed alfalfa, hay clippings or people foods, breads, cookies etc.,
- Never leave your desert equine the donkey on grass or brush, trees all day. They will get sick and have health problems.
- Fecal samples to test for parasites. No parasites no need to worm. Over worming has caused resistant free parasites in our donkey, mule and horse world. This is expensive to fix. Just like taking too many antibiotics in the human world over worming destroys the immune system and causes resistant free parasites.
- A vet check for dental and health at least once a year.
- Trimmer on a regular basis six weeks in the spring and summer and 7 in the fall and winter living in the Pacific Northwest.
GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!