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Rio’s First Ride Outside The Arena

Rio’s First Ride Outside The Arena

Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,

Rio our mammoth donkey turned seven years old this summer, he is 16’2 at the withers not the ears.  Rio is an adult full-grown mammoth donkey now we must remember the bigger the equine the longer it takes to be full-grown.  Rio was full-grown at six years old. Select what age is my equine full-grown.

I am always looking for ways to set my equine up for success so naturally when I rode Rio out of the arena for the first time I guided him to his most favorite bush so he could eat a few huckleberries. We have been going to this bush since he was a year old.  As murphy’s law would be a neighbor drove by really fast on his new A.T.V. Rio did not move a hair, I said whoa and he stood still.  I am so proud of him as he is going to be an amazing trail donkey, carrying the most important person in my life my husband Scott and a few friends.

I think Rio was really surprised that he could carry me to the bush and then when I was done I guided him up the hill on our five acre farm to the horse trailer.  I removed his tac and gave him a carrot, we were both proud and happy, truly a wonderful day!

Rio is one here, a few weeks after we brought him home


Melody and Rio (age 2)

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Please remember to always end your training sessions with lot’s of rubbing, kisses and brushing as all equine when tamed enjoy to be loved on just like us humans.

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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in 2013, animals, donkey, training


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What Time Is It? It’s Donkey Time

What Time Is It? It’s Donkey Time










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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in 2013, animals, donkey


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Whats Special About Donkeys?

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Donkeys have really long ears built for hearing the predator as they evolved in the desert.  Mammoth donkeys have big lips perfect for a little bite of a carrot every once in a while with no worries to nip their human partner fingers. Donkeys love to be loved on, talked to, and just basically be your friend any time day or night. 

Donkeys open up fast when they trust their human partner completely this takes time and effort on the humans part as so many donkeys have seen the wrong side of a human or just not seen the human.  So many donkeys are just thrown in a pasture and never given the time and effort they need please don’t do this to your donkey as they are special.  Donkeys work best with the human partner who respects them and understands they are not A to B equine they need…

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Happy 7th Birthday Rio – Aug 10th





Melody Kissing Rio

Eating out of the slow feeder, low sugar orchard hay



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Spa Day On The Farm

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When starting out for the first bath with any horse or donkey it is best to have a plan.  I like to take my time let them try to smell the water and if possible have warm water.  If it is not a day in the 80’s I do not give a bath as it is not good for the equine in my most humble opinion.  I highly recommend not trying to give any equine a bath until you have tamed them and established basic boundaries and social order such as leading, standing, sending into the barn and turning to face you to remove the halter.  Picking up feet all of this must be done before attempting a bath.  Make sure you have your donkeys trust and established leadership before adding spa day to the equine as if they do not trust you and you are not a clear leader this can turn out to be dangerous.

Donkeys do not like water on them and they get nervous so it is best to have one carrot cut up into bite size pieces and give a bite after starting to wet them down. We tie the donkeys to the horse trailer to keep them from struggling.  I never get water in their face as my horse and donkeys do not like this I wash their face by hand with a clean wash cloth.  Remember to go really slow start out wetting down their knees and then work your way up the body careful to not get any water in their eyes and face.

If you make this an enjoyable experience they will look forward to it at least my horse does anyway.  The donkeys not so much they just like to be dirty and do not care for spa day.  We try to give one spa day a year just to get some of the grime off them.

Here are a few photos my husband took after we finished washing them.  My husband does most of the labor I am the carrot feeder, and massage lady.  I keep them calm. Enjoy!







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Posted by on July 20, 2013 in 2013, donkey, horse


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Three Years, Four Months After The Semi Truck Accident – First Ride On Miss Lily

Update on my health

I continue to work extra hard while walking a fine line of not over doing it and causing back, hip and rib spasms as I do not want to go backwards again.  While working in physical therapy in the gym I always wore my Ariate horse riding gloves to lift weights as my goal has always been to try to ride again. Every lap I took swimming was a determination to get strong enough to ride again.  Over the past three years I have attended physical therapy two and three days a week, very difficult but necessary.

Melody Kissing Rio

I still shiver and pray when a semi-truck or any kind of big commercial farm truck passes me but I trust GOD to take care of me and refuse to live my life locked away afraid to step out into the world again.  Wondering what my story is select GOD created a miracle for me to read.

I am finally able to ride our mammoth donkey Rio and my horse Miss Lily again.  Starting out slowly only 15 minute rides to give my hips, back and pelvis a chance to use the core muscles deeply again. My doctor continues to give me prescription medication to help stop the nerve damage pain caused by the three large screws in my pelvis, these screws will never come out and as I age it will get harder and harder for me as the arthritis accelerates in my hips.


Every time I drive to a doctor appointment, grocery store or anywhere I see a woman about my age taking her horse in her horse trailer for a ride in an arena or trail ride.  My horse trailer has been sitting in the yard for over three years now my next big milestone is to drive it again. Car accidents such as the one I survived are really difficult to beat as well I almost died several times and I still suffer from pain not to mention I have some wicked scars on my ribs and back. I believe in Jesus Christ and I refuse to live in fear, I want my life back and I am grateful GOD is giving me this opportunity even if it is just a few minutes in my arena.

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Melody's First Ride On Lilly 7_12_2013

“These large stainless steel screws (hip bone to hip bone) and one down my right hip cause my feet and ankles to go numb, rib spasms, hip spasms and lower back pain”.  I am happy to report the new medication is helping me get back to doing more and for this I am grateful.  My doctor is one smart woman, she has never given up on the balancing act of helping me fight this pain and suffering and not over medicate me.  I am forever grateful to her and all the people who saved my life and helped to get me rehabilitated enough to get on my equine again.  I am stiff and it is very difficult to swing the leg up and over but oh my how wonderful it feels to get to sit on their backs and take a walk around the arena.

Photo of the surgically installed stainless steel screws in my pelvis 


Here are a few photos of my first ride on Miss Lily and second on Mr. Rio, never forget no matter how long it takes to never give up, remember GOD is amazing he is working on our problems even when it feels like he has forgotten us.  I am so happy and grateful to GOD in Jesus Christ name!

“Before the semi-truck accident I was preparing to start my own business under the Donkey Whisperer Farm, we continue to pray GOD will heal me enough to do this.  To date I help people for free consulting, training, coaching how to keep their equine in optimum health.  My dream is to have my own business and perhaps GOD will give me this dream one day.”




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



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