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Natural To Blanket Our Beloved Domesticated Horse, Donkey Or Mule?

Natural To Blanket Our Beloved Domesticated Horse, Donkey Or Mule?

Domesticated Equine (donkey, horse or mule) Need Us Humans To Use Common Sense.

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First let me step back in time and share how I came to my inner peace with the natural equine world. When I was a kid with my horse in the 70’s we did not do the teeth, blanket, and we sure as heck did not do our own worming. Guess what folks we now live in the year 2016 things have improved for our beloved domesticated equine.

My husband and I pick up the poop on ten acres in Sequim, WA every day and compost. I take fecal samples to the vet, I do not worm unless I need to. I make sure I have blankets for all of our eight equine in case of an emergency, serious winter or sickness. I prepare before the blanket is needed as we have four new donkeys in training and three of…

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Fall Is Coming, Check The Body Score Of Your Donkey, Horse or Mule


Did you know exercise and diet will help your equine?

Yes, taking a walk with your equine if they are too small to ride or too young is a way to help both physically and emotionally.

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Posted by on September 9, 2016 in 2016, donkey, health, nature, news

 

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Apples and Pears Are Ripe In Sequim, WA


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PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE DONKEYS, HORSES AND MULES BEFORE ASKING THE OWNER. DIET IS IMPERATIVE TO THE HEALTH OF A DOMESTICATED EQUINE. Thank you! Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Donkey and Horse Vital Signs, Health and Hoof


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A donkey’s normal heartbeat or pulse rate is 35-55 per minute, depending on what it is doing, and its normal temperature is very close to a human’s at 35.8 to 37.5 deg C.  The table below, compiled by the Donkey Sanctuary, gives some of the variations.  A donkey seems to regulate temperature in much the same way as a human, too, as a donkey sweats for the same reasons that a human does.  A feverish donkey is therefore quite easy to detect.

AVERAGE

RANGE

°C  adult donkey

37.1

36.2-37.8

°F

98.8

97.2-100

°C young donkey

37.6

36.6-38.9

°F

99.6

97.8-102.1

Pulse (beats per minute) adult donkey

44

36-68

young donkey

60

44-80

Respiration

(Inspiration per minute)

adult donkey

20

12-44

young donkey

28

16-48

Ways of scoring a donkey’s ‘body condition’ for general health have been devised, but as yet there is no general agreement as to the applicability of such a score.  Those who know donkeys can usually judge quite easily one which is in good condition, i.e. with coat shining, ears and eyes alert, movement easy, ribs and hip bones adequately covered with flesh, and no wounds.

There is another score for ‘wound and foot care’, but on the whole it does not offer more than good observation and common sense can provide.

What are the signs of a donkey being unwell ?

Among the signs of health trouble in a donkey are the following:

·           Fever (body sweat; muzzle hot and dry)

·           Loss of appetite

·           Drooping ears and maybe also a drooping head

·           Coat rough and dull looking

·           Dull eyes

·           Lack of energy and response

·           Frequently lying down

·           Liquid droppings (diarrhea, known as ‘scouring’)

·           Passing no droppings (constipation)

·           Wrong colours of droppings (i.e. signs of blood, although colour does vary a lot according to diet).

Donkeys on the whole do not show their feelings of pain in very obvious ways, but behave as a human would who is called ‘stoical’, i.e. tolerating pain without complaint.  They may make an initial violent movement of avoidance, but after that they become silent and as nearly as possible immobile in the face of pain and/or fear.  Therefore it is sometimes difficult to know when they are suffering acutely, and their behavior may look like ‘stubbornness’ rather than stoicism.  One indicator of pain or fear can be diarrhea, just as in humans.  Since this may also dehydrate the donkey, it will be adding to its problems if it persists.

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Posted by on August 27, 2016 in 2016, donkey, health

 

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Ever Wonder Why Donkeys Dig?


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For those of us who own domesticated donkeys we understand some donkeys are diggers and some are not. Our big boy “Mammoth donkey Rio Johnson is a digger.” He started digging at the age of one when we lived on a smaller five acre farm. I study the behavior of donkeys, horses and mules extensively it is really one of my obsessive compulsive passions. We have video surveillance on our farm. I am always in the student mode when working, cleaning stalls and teaching.  Thank you Jesus for giving me this passion and purpose in life.

Select OUR STORE for consulting, coaching or training classes.  We sell quality and a perfect fit Donkey halter  with matching lead line. Our halter will fit your donkey not a horses head. A perfect fitting halter is imperative to you having success training your donkey. 

How do you order a donkey halter?

Select OUR STORE, select size, mini, standard or mammoth and the color you want. We offer ten colors, our donkey halters fit a donkey not a horse. Our halter is handmade in the USA (contractor) using only the best Yacht rope to never mold, brass screw on snap is used in training and a leather end for training. Remember donkeys are not horses with long ears. You must have a plan when training a donkey. Donkeys never forget a thing they learn. Donkeys will pretend they know nothing with a new owner. Donkeys are smart not stubborn, donkeys are seriously into self-preservation. 

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Please never leave any halter on your horse, donkey or mule while not in 100% attendance to avoid death or self-mutilation.

Please never feed your donkey alfalfa, bread, grass clippings, watermelon, pears, peaches, apples. Donkeys have a serious diet of low sugar (below 10%) low protein hay. If you want to learn how to care for your donkey sign up for 1, 5 or 10 lessons with me. Select our store for lessons.

 

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Why did Rio dig at the other farm so much?

My theory is he was bored, he did not have a large paradise paddock as he does today. On the former farm of five acres he lived on a dry paddock with my first young horse and Rocket Man our mini donkey. Rio would dig 3ft deep holes. This was a problem as when he dug he put dirt and rocks into his hooves. It was a difficult process to learn. Additionally the dirt Rio dug up was used  to make a soft bed, keep insects off the donkey. I had pin chips down for a soft bed for him. Did not matter, Rio wanted a dirt bed as he is a Mammoth donkey with a serious mind. Donkeys also dig to find roots, the paddock in the former farm had lots of trees we removed to make the paddock for the equine. Here on the Sequim, WA farm we have no tree roots. Rio is happier as he has a larger space to move. Donkeys enjoy walking and taking a bite here and there.

Here on the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC in Sequim, WA we have a huge paradise paddock for him to go out in and walk back to get water, shelter etc.., He can graze some, let me explain. We brush hog the pastures in the spring, summer and fall as donkeys can’t eat tall grass, weeds, etc., without getting sick. Donkeys evolved in the desert their diet is extreme. No feeding grass clippings, bread, apples, pears, watermellon any of this stuff. Sure they like to eat it but the end result is pain and suffering. Donkeys hooves rot out when not fed correctly, they are in so much pain they cant walk. We owners will pay a  high cost for the vet to come, learn how to soak the hoof, create a hoof wrap and it is hard work for a good two weeks. Not to mention the physical, emotional and finacial cost to our family budget.

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Does Your Saddle Fit?


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