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

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After An Almost Fatal Car Accident – What Comes Next?


 

I try really hard to not be a victim, not be a whiner, not be a person who cries on my blog about the pain and suffering I endure daily from surviving an almost fatal car accident while riding as passenger.  I try really hard to keep my blog positive and stay focused to my purpose of creating the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC business. I have no doubt GOD has me here for a reason. Perhaps my story will inspire you to never give up, let Jesus Christ hold you up when you are tired. Seems GOD created us to have free will. For some of us this is harder as we want to trust GOD but we begin recycling the problem, pain, money, suffering and then in exhaustion we cry out to GOD for help. I have learned to ask GOD for everything even a parking spot. 

My purpose; Helping the donkeys, mules and horses have a better life showing people resistance free training (without pain) is not only possible it is the best way to train equine this is indeed my purpose. 

Guess what I have learned while on this journey of teaching the owner or caretaker to train the donkey, mule or horse? 

It’s all about you! The donkey has sized you up in a matter of seconds.

  1. Abuser or bully
  2. Treat Dispenser
  3. Fair Leader Who Can Be Trusted

Remember the journey of life is short. We must not take a single day for granted at any moment everything can change. Change is what makes us grow. Change is terrifying without faith. Faith is something we feel we do not see. God asks us to trust him first. Next we must make a move. Show our faith. Most of the time after we do this we must wait. I think the waiting is a testing time. God is looking to see if we are real and will we trust him. I can tell you if you do not stop trusting GOD and live your life with gratitude, forgiveness to those who have harmed you and mostly yourself. Your life will explode with possibilities even you could never dream of. God is amazing! We humans are simply here to leave our finger print mark, a place for others to see we were here on the planet. Each of us has gifts and talents unique to what GOD has gifted us to do. The key is learning to trust what we love to do and then go do it.  Sometimes volunteering before expecting to work and earn money in a new profession is needed.

Shine your light bright for the entire world to see and never forget the moment you step out in life the critics will appear. Why? Some people simply are not going to like some people. It’s called life. Do not let this stop you from your dreams. These people have their own paths to take. Reminder it’s not about trying to please people. It’s about pleasing GOD. Say I am sorry and mean it when we make a mistake with another living human or animal and try not to repeat the behavior. We must try to work on ourselves it is the only thing we can truly change ourselves.  Forgive quickly. Live in the moment just like the animals.

All work with no relaxation or play is exhausting. Living in our busy world takes balance, planning and time management skills. We must take the time we need to recharge our batteries. Prayer is like talking to your very best friend it’s easy. Lord I know you are there in heaven. I need your protection, guidance and favor without you I am nothing. Sounds simple but many of us forget we must talk to GOD each day, never skip a day.

Our attitude is probably one of the most important things we can change; also one of the most difficult to change when enduring pain and suffering.  If we can learn to control our attitude we can create a massive chain reaction moving us into the life we want to create, share, enjoy and pass down as our legacy after we leave these human bodies.  I cry out for GOD to help me change my attitude as I don’t believe I am strong enough to tackle my attitude without Jesus Christ helping me.  Each of us has one life to live and it is our responsibility as adults to figure out our special gifts and talents and enjoy what we are given no matter how unfair it all seems.

I worked really hard to wait. GOD helped me wait and I could see the equine in the video camera surveillance as we have these in the stalls and pastures.

I could not put any weight on my pelvis for 90 days. The first thing I did after the car accident with the help of the walker was go see my horse and donkeys. Never give up!

Sadly I suffer from chronic pain daily, hourly since the almost fatal car accident in the spring of 2010. I just don’t understand why any person should have to have this kind of pain and suffering day in and day out.  Praying GOD releases me from pain and heals my body to 100% restoration, for now I must keep my head up and live life grateful most days I am pretty good. I am indeed a reminder to never invoke pain and suffering on any human or animal is truly awareness that I am trying to teach with GOD’s help I have indeed touched you in some way.  You will then make an attitude change and stop abuse of humans and animals as each of us is exactly in the right place to help others enjoy life.  Please do not let anyone abuse a human or animal. You can stop abuse!  God has planted you in the exact time and place to help another living animal or person. REMEMBER this could be you and you need a person to pay it forward. We get from life what we put into it, darkness or light. What do you chose? 

Yesterday was a hard day had another back spasm so bad again and I really don’t know why.  The metal in my pelvis messes everything up when I walk, bend, sit and stand and yet without the metal in my pelvis I would surely not be able to walk so it is a double edge sword one I work on mentally every single hour I am awake.

Writing is very therapeutic as it helps me help you.  Sadly, many of us live in isolation in this great big world, we think we are the only person suffering. Most people suffer it is the world we live in. Trying to live in the moment and help others is always a way to help us heal.

I share these very personal feelings in hopes my pain and suffering helps another human or animal not suffer so much.  GOD uses everything negative to help others and I pray my transparency helps you and gives you the courage to enjoy your life and push past the fears that are holding you back to enjoy this precious life.

Each of us has the same amount of time in each day and yet some people complete so very much more than others.  These are the interesting and perplexing thoughts that come into my mind all the time.  If you have survived trauma GOD has a reason to keep you here on earth.  GOD uses each of us to be a light in the dark for others. Never forget that GOD is good and he wants all his children to surrender to him with a simple prayer.

Please never ever abuse your donkey, horse or mule.  Please never abuse any human or animal and if you see abuse open your mouth and help the victim animal or human. You are a human angel. No other person can do what you can do as GOD has planted you in the perfect location. The key is to look for opportunities to be a blessing to others even when we are exhausted.

Please understand pain is not the answer to training horses, mules and donkeys.  Take the time it takes to train your equine after all you are the smart human they are just domesticated animals forced to live in the environment you created for them. Pain and suffering makes certain personalities of humans and animals fight back harder and one day the result can be deadly. Working with equine is a dangerous sport. Please be sure you have a great coach or trainer to teach you how to be a fair leader without abuse. Your family, work, and relationships all around you will flourish when you learn how to control your emotions. Animals are always looking for a leader not an abuser. People cannot learn anything from a bully. Please learn natural resistance free training techniques.

Here I am standing  in the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC office. Dreams do come true! Never give up!!!!

Be grateful for your life and what GOD has given you!  Do not treat your animals like prisoners in lieu of a partner.  If your horse, donkey or mule won’t come to you when you step into their world perhaps it’s time for you to figure out why? Sounds like a relationship problem and guess what outstanding relationships take time, prayer and patience.

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

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The Movie Buck


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In 2011 we watched the movie Buck “a powerful movie explaining the importance of training a human to train the equine (horse, donkey or mule) in a natural way without physical abuse.”  This movie clearly explains how the horse is one hundred percent a reflection of their trainer and or owner.  The movie helps to explain the difference between natural training and breaking a horse.    

We must never forget that a human who will torture a child, animal, woman or man must be stopped!  Please if you see abuse have the courage to be bold and stop this abuse as each of us can be the angel GOD sent to remove the pain and suffering of another.  Never forget we live in a fallen world, good and evil, black and white.

The domesticated horse, donkey or mule is truly the mirror of the emotional intelligence and training ability of their human who owns and trains them.

I highly suggest the movie Buck, I believe each of us can learn how to have empathy if we want to learn and most importantly we can influence others by helping make this world a better place for humans and animals.

We must never forget what it would be like to have a person forcing us to do something with pain and suffering as motivation with the big whammy the person speaks in a foreign language, how very sad.  Please be an angel when you see abuse, be bold, step up and make a difference to stop abuse of any kind for humans and animals. 

Empathy is truly needed in our world for how we treat others starts within ourselves, just because we were abused is no reason to continue the horrific abuse cycle. Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer

If you know a living human or animal being abused please step in and do your best to stop the abuse and be a human angel.

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

Melody

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

Melody

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Warning Leaving A Halter On A Horse, Donkey or Mule Can Cause Death Or Self-Mutilation


Howdy,

The photo above is of me & Lily taken in the summer of 2009, truly one of my favorite photos a wonderful memory.

Did you know leaving the halter on is dangerous and can be deadly? My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.

Important considerations

*  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)

* Leaving a halter on your horse, donkey or mule will make it easier for people to steal your equine. I highly suggest using video surveillance on your farm and posting signs to avoid this. Our Video surveillance is backed off site a text is sent to our cell phone the minute anyone steps into our property, the perfect tool to be used in prosecution.

Please 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 a carrot  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 No, 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!

Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody bitless riding

Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody bitless riding

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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.

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

Melody

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Donkey Basketball – Fun or Abuse?


Howdy,

Thank you for reading my blog as it is my desire to help you become educated in understanding donkeys, horses and mules; education creates awareness and this new awareness may spark a fire in your soul with a direct result of a change for our world’s animals.  Will you become a voice for a donkey living in your home town “a human angel” making a difference?   

Did you know all my equine have been trained with resistance free training?

Yes, our horse, mammoth donkey and mini donkey have been trained utilizing Parelli natural horsemanship tools.  No bit, no spurs all resistance free! Lot’s of video in Youtube for inspiration. Please note I am a student of Parelli I am not authorized to teach Parelli due to a car accident I am healing.   Parelli has a free 30 day trial offer and I consider them to be the worlds best on-line educator.

Select Video School Fun Donkey Basketball to view and make your own decision. What do you think?

Did you learn something new today?   Please do your part to help teach the youngsters of our world how to respect animals.  

A few More videos with comments:

Donkey Basketball – “I think it sends a really bad message to children on how to raise them and cruelty to animals and to all beings, and what does that teach our children?” said protester Carol Guilbault.

What can you do to help stop this abuse?  Select Donkey Basketball video for more information.  Share your opinion on your social networking sites, say NO to school fund raisers abusing Donkeys!

DONKEY BASKETBALL ‘GAMES’ ENCOURAGE KIDS TO BE CRUEL

Thank you for being a human angel doing your part to help stop abuse of donkeys, horses and mules.

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

Melody

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Look Where Your’e Going


Howdy,

Today was a milestone for me as my physical therapist told me I am strong enough to graduate from physical therapy, I have been in Physical therapy for almost two years, this car accident has been one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do in my life.  Surviving a semi truck accident is indeed a miracle from GOD; walking and not living in a wheel chair is indeed a miracle from GOD, having the strength and courage to persevere day after day when the pain does not go away is a miracle from GOD.  GOD has placed a gift in my mind “Look Where You Are Going” and never ever give up.  The photo above is me and my horse Lily before the semi truck accident, I love this photo it is a great memory.

Now the hard work begins as I must continue to do all the exercises on my own.   No more physical therapist providing me with new exercises, I must be the physical therapist for my body now, I must push myself when I am tired to keep going to the gym, my core must stay strong or pain and suffering will return in insane amounts. 

When I lift weights to keep my core strong I wear my ariat horse riding gloves to remember what my goals are and “look where I am going” as each day is indeed a gift from GOD. I like to touch things and see things to keep motivated “look where I’m going”  just like the cross I wear around my neck to call out to Jesus.  

No doubt we must always remember where we are going in life in order to get where we want to go.   I found this excellent article Look Where you’re Going explaining how horse, donkey and mule people must look where they are going in order to mirror with their four-legged ride.  Enjoy!

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

Melody

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Training Donkeys, Mules and Horses To Ride In The Horse Trailer


Howdy,

Did you know donkeys prefer to ride loose in a horse trailer? Yes indeed donkeys prefer to ride loose in a horse trailer with the added bonus they are safe and much more comfortable I was really surprised to learn this after purchasing my donkeys as my horse is locked in the front for her safety. Why? She is not a donkey she is a horse smile. 

Donkeys freeze when scared so they are safer and more comfortable riding loose in the horse trailer and this helps them find a place to stand and hold their butt against the trailer to balance.  Most important consideration is to have a two door trailer in the back to unload them.  I highly suggest teaching your donkey to back out of the horse trailer in lieu of jumping out fast.  Here is a video of Rio backing out of the horse trailer what a good boy just took a few training sessions to teach him how to do this.   Keep one side of the door closed so to keep them calm and backing out slow.

In an emergency situation I wanted to ensure I could get all of them in the trailer fast and by myself. I highly suggest each of you do the same as you don’t want to be training trailer loading and unloading during an emergency. Donkeys freeze when scared!

Six Steps To Successful Trailer Loading of Your Donkey or Mule: 

1.  Ensure Your Donkey or Mule Trusts You – Taming is number (1)

2.  Always load the honor donkey, horse or mule first as Donkeys Are Visual Learners if you load the naughty one first your trailer loading experience will not go smoothly.

3. Plan ahead, practice trailer loading and letting the equine stand in the trailer and eat go no where. After you load them to eat lunch stand on the outside and talk to them let them know they are safe.

4.  Practice taking the donkeys, mules and horses for rides, just give them 40 minutes or so of time to adjust to the trailer, get  their legs and not have any more stress on them. DO NOT TAKE THEM ANYWHERE AND EXPECT THEM TO GET OUT AND IN until you are sure they understand trailer loading.  Just go for a drive a few times, practice getting in and out at home.

5.  Remember when driving to accelerate slowly and stop slowly as it is very difficult for the equine to keep their legs on the ground.  If you don’t understand have someone drive the trailer and get in the back ride down a bumpy road and see what it feels like for your equine I think you will have a new perspective.

6.  Gradually work up to trail walks, yes walking next to the youngster as they are too young to ride and then riding when of age.  I think it is safer for older equine to have the opportunity to observe what is expected a few times before riding.  We did lot’s of these before Lily and Rio were old enough to ride (preparation) is the key.

7.  Another important consideration in teaching trailer loading and unloading; is do not take them out of the trailer when the truck stops wait for about ten to fifteen minutes.  If you take them out immediately upon the truck stopping they will expect it and get impatient every time the truck stops.  Equine learn from consistent repetition so remember to always be a good leader and have a plan be consistent.  When the emergency comes and they all come in life have a plan and be prepared as preparation makes the process much easier on the human and the equine.

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

Melody

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Why Do Donkeys Hate Dogs?


Donkeys naturally have deep-rooted self-preservation skills.  What are predators for the donkey? Coyotes, wolves, cougars, bear and yes our precious pet dogs.  If we think about it the dog resembles the wolves and coyote the donkey does not know the difference until they are trained and understand their life is not in jeopardy. Our farm dogs are never able to get into the same space the donkey is living in. Our fences prevent accidents. When the donkeys come out our dogs are trained to stay in one place until called.  Next we show the donkey we are the leader over the dog and the donkey without abuse. A leader is a leader 100% of the time. 

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Donkeys can learn to tolerate a dog but it takes a really good trainer utilizing outstanding leadership with the dog and the donkey.  The dog must never be authorized to chase, bite, nip the donkey. One kick is all it takes to kill the dog. Make sure your dog and donkey understand you are the leader with no abuse ever.

Safety tip:

Place hot wire beneath the paddock fence to ensure no dog or predator can get in by crawling under the fence.

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Safety is the most important concern when working with equine (donkeys, horses and mules) and our beloved dogs.  

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

Melody

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Animals Make Everything Better


Howdy,

As I sit at my computer writing my three dogs and two cats are all laying next to me.  My  female dog Jewel is the oldest dog in our pack of three Jewel is laying under my feet to provide the foot stool I need to type and be next to me.  Our big dog Sampson is laying right next to me and the little Carin terrier beside him.  My two female cats I adopted from a local shelter four years ago are sleeping in their kitty beds just inches away they are both manx mix a little bob tail like a bunny rabbit. 

My husband often jokes that I am Dr. Doolittle as each time I get up to move from room to room all the animals follow me, “I guess they know who the momma is.”  Since I was a child I have loved animals actually wanted to become a vet as a kid but life came in between me and my dreams. 

 

Animals are healing no doubt they help us humans feel connected when life has left us traumatized and burned out.  People can let people down but animals are loyal to the end they just know how good they have it when they get a great human to love them.

The last photo of me riding my horse Lily training Rio our Mammoth donkey 2010 – God willing I will ride again one day for now I have the memories and for this I am grateful 🙂

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

Melody

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