"Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained" Melody Johnson

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A Few Beautiful Photos Of The Donkey Whisperer Farm Winter 2011


On a cool 26 degree morning my husband took these photos of our farm and my garden, GOD is amazing.  One of my favorite artists is Thomas Kinkaide as he captures all the brilliant colors GOD uses in his photos.  The first photo of my garden reminds me of his paintings, GOD is shining light through the trees, GOD is amazing.  Enjoy!

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



Warning Leaving A Halter On A Horse, Donkey or Mule


WARNING Leaving  A halter On a Horse, Mule or Donkey Can Cause Death or self-mutilation 

My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.  The halter could get stuck on their hooves, fence or other objects.

* Strangulation can occur when they get the halter stuck on something and fight to get it off

* The halter can grow into the head of the equine (horse, donkey, mule) I have personally seen this and it is abuse

* Dirty itchy halter causes the equine to scratch and work to get it off it’s not natural (think  how you would want to be treated)

Learn How To Teach your Equine (horse, donkey or mule) To Catch You!

When interacting with your equine try to make this a time to connect bring a couple of pieces of green apple with you or a carrott  to build a relationship of fair and safe leadership.  Equine work best in training programs that do not require the equine to stay in the prisoner role.  Yes, I said prisoner role, old school training techniques use fear to train equine and this is not a partnership.  Donkeys cannot be trained this way they require natural training with fair, balanced and an honest trainer!  Horses dream of being trained the way donkeys demand to be trained with dignity and respect.

The joy you will receive when changing your training methodology is enormous and your frustration will vanish.  People say “treats make my equine nip” I say “Nope, use this as an opportunity to train” watch your timing let the equine turn their head away and then give them a reward takes just a few training sessions for them to learn how to politely accept a treat.  Creativity is the answer you can do it!

Study Parelli if you don’t know how to play the friendly game and the catching game as they can teach you and membership is free for one month.  On line videos, magazine and Parelli connect, everyone is studying under the Parelli’s very positive equine support and training.  Working with equine is a dangerous sport you must be careful, have a plan, stay safe and not abuse the equine.  

All of my equine come up to us every time we call them just like my dogs.  The key is setting the animal up for success if each time you have time to be with your equine you are doing things to them that are not enjoyable why would they want to come up?  Treat your equine the way you would want to be treated if you were living your life as an equine and watch the blessings start flowing freely.

The first step in training any animal is taming!  The animal must trust that you will NOT abuse them or hurt them so try to think of it from their point of view and remember awareness is the first step in change.  We subscribe to The Brayer a journal of the American Donkey and Mule Society magazine.  Take a look this is a lovely way to learn more about donkeys and mules!

GOD bless you and your family two and four legs



What To Do When Your Donkey, Horse or Mule Is Sick

Rio (9 months old) playing with Rockt Man (13 years old)


Lily quarter horse (21 months old)

Red Flags – Call the VET

Several things could be the cause of the red flags listed below.  Please remember preventive care is a must in optimum health of our beloved equine.

1.  Colic or founder.  Symptoms may not show up the same as in the horse so it is imperative you pay attention to your donkey or mule’s daily habits, anything out of the ordinary should be checked out by your vet.  Be sure you can take the temperate of your equine in the rectum without any problems and learn how to take their digital pulse.

2. All equine should have a temperature of 99.9 anything above 100 is a fever, call the vet.  Here is video clip of a vet taking a horses temperature.  Donkeys should be treated the same way and I highly suggest training before sickness occurs to alleviate stress for the equine and you.  One more tip “keep your thermometer in your emergency medical kit ready to go as it is really hard to remove the horse poop taste if you need to use it due to personal sickness”.  Smile.

3.  Your equine (horse, donkey or mule) is lame can’t stand on one leg.  If a nail or any other object is stuck in the hoof your vet needs to remove it do not remove without the vet.  Sometimes x-rays are needed and a plan for the best care to get your beloved equine back to health.

4.  Eye is oozing stuff or has an injury on any place of the body requiring stitches.

5.  Gums bright red, extreme pale, blue – Article by Dr. Dechant, DVM

Do you have some articles to share?  Please leave a comment with the link to the article to help keep our domesticated equine in optimum health.

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



Let’s Use Social Media To Stop Equine (horse, donkey and mule) Slaughter In America


A friend just forwarded me this plea for help to stop horse Slaughter in America just takes a few seconds to help Select STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER IN America.  Please forward this link to everyone you know to stop horse slaughter in America.

Here’s what you can say:

Taxpayers should not pay millions of dollars in subsidies for this cruel industry.  Thank you.

Please leave a comment sharing what you did to help!  Each of us can make a difference just takes a few seconds of our time via the wonderful social media of the internet.

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



Here Comes The Rain Again


Fall has officially arrived in the Pacific Northwest and with fall comes rain.  Excellent drainage is a must for equine living in the rain and please don’t forget the much-needed necessity shelter.  For heavy traffic areas we lay 3/4 clean gravel to prevent mud as mud causes serious health issues for equine.  Fighting thrush is a constant battle for our mammoth donkey Rio I just started using No Thursh  seems to be working the best. My horse and mini donkey have no problem with thrush and they all live in the same environment, interesting how each equine is unique. Picking up the poop at least once a day will help in more ways than one.  Smile. 

Are you wondering how to prevent mud? Here is an interesting site from WSU explaining how to prevent mud and keep your pastures growing.

GOD bless you and your family two and four legged!



Planning To Bring Home Your Horse, Donkey Or Mule


Your excited all of your hard work and preparation; removing brush, trees, drain, hay barn, safe fence, and creating a shelter whew!  Now you are finally prepared to bring your equine (horse, donkey or mule) home.  Did you know the equine needs a buddy to stay in optimum health?  Did you know they will be better mannered for you when you provide a buddy?  Equine are herd animals, safety, social and grooming are all part of their basic needs for survival.  Placing your equine in a pasture all alone will make them have some serious psychological issues so do the right thing and make sure you have a buddy for your equine. 

Donkeys do best with at least two donkeys as well “donkeys are unique they are not horses they are donkeys”.  Equine need to lay down and sleep it is very difficult to do this when there is no buddy watching over them, thus comes training problems and all kinds of health problems.  Please never leave your equine all alone it is not natural for them.

Please consider how many equine need homes Pet finder are free or very low money to save an equine life and provide a buddy for your equine. All equine are herd members, all equine require another pasture mate in order to stay calm, relaxed, sleep and groom one another.  This is a fact not just an opinion. I am a student of the Parelli home study program for more information take a look at their website for natural equine training and care.

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



Think Outside Of The Box


When training equine (Donkey, horse and mule) try to think out of the box. Make sure nothing is new and stressful to your equine i.e., trailer loading, walking up to mounting block, preparation is the key to a succesful and enjoyable time with your equine.  Remember equine can only do what you have trained them to do. It’s not their fault if you’re not communicating clearly they cannot speak our language they rely on us humans to train with clear and concise tools.  Have a plan before you get your equine out.  Plan what you are going to do so you are clear and not confused as the equine is always looking for a leader and if we don’t lead guess what they will. Smile.

Take a look at this horse side stepping up to the mounting block, every time you are working with your equine you are training them to do something.  Try to have a plan and be consistent each time you work with them.

Teaching our equine to do the things we need and want them to do each time we ride is an invaluable training tool and it’s cool.  So Think ahead before riding and make sure your equine understand exactly what you want them to do. 

I am a home study student of Parelli as they have the best online training available. A virtual training office at the finger tips of your computer lot’s of video’s showing you how to do things.   

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



Be Alert For Dry Equine Poop


Fall is in the air in the Pacific Northwest I have noticed my donkeys and horse are slowing down in drinking water, clean water is essential to optimum health for all living beings espeically equine.  It is imperative that the equine (donkey, horse or mule) owner watches the poop and intake of water consumption for prevention of colic.  Adding a little salt to their vitamins will  help I always have free loose salt and some white salt blocks available.

Prevention of Colic

What is Colic?

Things I do to prevent colic; some fresh green grass, excellent vitamins, clean water, exercise and if needed I put them in the horse trailer.  Horse trailer always creates a fresh poop for my three equine. 

Colic can kill your equine so we should always be aware and paying attention but in the fall when the weather changes from warm and cold at night seems horses, donkeys and mules can be at a higher risk factor for colic.  Pick up your equine poop to keep their feet from getting thrush, parasite control and make sure you are looking at the moisture content to avoid colic.

Do you have any suggestions to avoid colic?  Please leave a comment to help others.

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



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