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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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Wild Donkeys Dig For Water, How Interesting

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Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Does Your Saddle Fit?


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Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Donkeys, Mules and Horses – Parasites, resistant free WORMS

Donkeys, Mules and Horses – Parasites, resistant free WORMS

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Did you know over worming your equine can cause resistant free parasites?

Yes! I rescued a few equine in 2014 and purchased two mini donkeys. I have been fighting Ivermectin Resistant Free worms for almost two years. This is serious business. Just when my fecal count comes back solved the host equine starts it up again.

Please do not just worm your donkeys, horses and mules every other month without a fecal test. Like people with antibiotics resistance free parasites are becoming a serious problem on farms.

What We Should Do To Prevent Worms?

  1. Pick up the poop every day, compost, do not drag out in the field they eat in until the poop is 100% compost, removing parasites.
  2. Keep any host (equine with worms) separate from the rest of the equine until the fecal test confirms parasites are gone.
  3. Do a fecal sample in the spring and fall.
  4. When you have no more worms your vet will tell you what drug to give for tape worms in the fall.

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Do You Know What Plants Are Poisonous For Your Horse, Donkey or Mule?


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Owning a small farm is a dream come true as I had been praying to GOD to own a horse again since I was a teenager, GOD answered my prayers in my late forties.  I am here to say “Nothing is impossible with GOD in Jesus Christ precious name” living on a  farm is indeed a gift from GOD and I am forever grateful for GOD’s favor and blessings. It is my pleasure to share information and a few photos with you. Enjoy!

Rio our mammoth donkey age 6 with Rocket Man our mini donkey age 18, 2012

Watching our beloved equine do one of their most favorite things, graze and munch away on good clean low sugar hay is a wonderful thing, it is truly a blessing.   For me listening to them chomp away on safe low sugar hay has a similar relaxation feeling as listening to the ocean as it calms my soul.   The farm girl is forever deep instilled in my soul, thank you Jesus.

 Here are a few links for Western Washing toxic plants:

Western Washington Poisonous Plants

More toxic plants

Horses Deadly Plants

Horses Deadly Plants A-Z

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Tansy Ragswort Weed – Highly Toxic

Lupins are beautiful but deadly to equine

 GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody

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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in 2012, donkey, health, horse

 

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Equine Disease Alerts


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Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in 2016, animals, farm, health, horse

 

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NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!


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Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Apples and Pears Are Ripe In Sequim, WA


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Apple Season has arrived! As great as they may be for humans this is not great for the domesticated Donkey, Mule or Horse. In fact this may cause DEATH from Colic and/or a huge amount of stress, tears, vet cost or even burying the beloved equine (Donkey, horse or mule).

Never feed grass clippings or bread to your horse, donkey or mule. PLEASE NEVER FEED ANOTHER ANY ANIMAL THAT IS NOT YOUR ANIMAL. Some animals have a form of insulin resistance, most must have a slow change of diet or they can founder, hoof rots out abscess or colic or worse die. 

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Donkeys, Horses and Mules get Sick, belly aches and gas from eating too many apples! Eating too much human food can increase their risk for colic.boysballoons2015

This is one of the most important posts I can write. I will do my best to write it in a way to educate and not offend people as the equine (donkey, horse or mule) need us humans to learn. In fact their lives depend on it!

When you drive by a farm please do not make your hot rod scare the equine as they can and do run through a fence in fear. Not to mention the vet bill for falling down and possibly breaking a leg. Please do not throw bread, apples, pears, watermelon, grass clippings, beer bottles or garbage over the fence at the farm animals. Legal Action will be taken if you cause harm to any farm.

Horses, donkeys and mules will die of colic if not treated quickly! Bread will get wrapped in their intestine and they can die.

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Over feeding of sugar for the desert equine the donkey is a NO, NO. These donkeys are on strict diets or they should be in domestication as they evolved from the desert. Meaning they can’t eat tons of sugar products. They really need a diet of low sugar/protein hay, clean water, a buddy, no sugar vitamin and toys. Our hay is tested to come in at 7% sugar.

Our equine (donkeys and horses) have their teeth done, vet care, hoof care and eat a strict diet. In fact we cut their pasture down low so they really don’t get any nutrition out of our farm land.

Why? Our farm is not planted with the right hay for the easy keeper the donkey yet. One day we will plant and use our irrigation, not today.

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 Please never stop and feed any equine (animal) anything without the permission of the owner.

Throwing apples or any food over the fence of an equestrian farm can cause death or a huge vet bill for the owners not to mention emotional stress, tears. Equine can die from colic!!!!!

If your equine live near any fruit tree keep them away from the tree. If your equine live near a road of city folks place signs, PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE Donkeys, Horses and video cameras. This will help.

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We have video surveillance on the Donkey Whisperer Farm and signs stating DO NOT FEED THE HORSES AND DONKEYS and still I have to tell people not to feed my equine. This is a huge problem and one I think most people who do not own equine just do not understand. You think you are sharing love, in fact you could kill the sweet Donkey, Horse or Mule living near you.

Thank you for sharing and caring!
Rio Johnson the Mammoth donkey, our three mini donkeys and two rescue standard donkeys, two horses. 

Melody Johnson
Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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