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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

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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

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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. 

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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. 

 

 

Kidney Failure In Cats


One of our two rescue kitties (black Purcilla) manx mix died two weeks ago of kidney failure she was only eight years old. We adopted two feral kitties from PAWS in 2008.

Our Anatolian puppy sat down next to her barked once to alert me something was wrong. She went into shock and then the vet had to put her to sleep. This all happened so fast. Rest in peace sweet Purcilla you had the best life we could give you.

This kitty could not go to the vet ever. She was a feral rescue and refused to be touched or held. 

Lessons learned from rescuing feral kitties?

  1. These cats will not adapt to humans in a way to enjoy being held and loved.
  2. They will show you they appreciate your home and love.
  3. Feral kitties will learn house rules and are smart.
  4. Not all feral kitties should live outside. Our kitties lived indoors 100% of the time and were happy.

Feral:

  • A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. She is fearful of people and survives on her own outdoors. A feral cat is not likely to ever become a lap cat or enjoy living indoors.
  • Kittens born to feral cats can be socialized at an early age and adopted into homes. Maybe!

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Rest in Peace Sweet Purcilla! Purcilla died three weeks ago it has taken me this long to talk about it on my blog. She was a feral rescue meaning she never really liked people. She loved us we know for sure, she loved our dogs too. Our kitties were indoor only kitties.

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Here is her sister Jasmine. She is doing good but misses her sister. She sleeps with our dogs. Did you know cats can have different dads?

I have learned cats act like donkeys. Cat’s are stoic just like the donkey and will not show sickness or pain until it is too late. Purcilla was playing the night before with her toys. Rest in peace sweet Purcilla.

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Check Your Donkey, Horse or Mule For Shivering


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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.

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Donkey Care – Train The Owner To Train The Donkey


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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.

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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.

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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.minis-rope-halter

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. 

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Thinking About Colic for Donkeys, Horses and Mules


Do you know the signs of colic for your donkey?

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Clean water is a must! Donkeys love clean water and warm water in the winter. Please understand water is the key to keeping the digestive tract moving. The more water your donkey drinks the better. 

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PLEASE CALL YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY! Colic is a symptom rather than a disease, and defined as abdominal pain. Donkeys are stoic will not show pain until it is too late. This means your donkey can die and sadly many donkey do die from the owner not calling the vet. Colic is very painful!

Donkeys are stoic meaning they will never show pain until it is too late! Have your vet out for a physical at least once a year and make sure your vet understands donkeys. Donkeys are not horses with long ears. Everything about a donkey is unique to treat in the vet world. Donkeys digest drugs…

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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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