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What Can My Mini Donkey Do?

What Can My Mini Donkey Do?


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Posted by on September 11, 2013 in 2012, animals, donkey, mini donkey


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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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Mammoth Donkey and Mini Donkey Playing On The 4th Of July

Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm

It’s been a while since I uploaded to Youtube.   Here are two of the worlds most famous donkeys “Rio” (Mammoth donkey age six and 16’1 hands tall) playing with his best buddy “Rocket man” (mini donkey age eighteen) doing what happy donkeys do best playing!!!  Enjoy!

  • Did you see Rio stop playing to look at the rabbit by the gate?
    When the donkey stops and points his/her ears at something you can bet he saw or heard something. Rio is six years old and Rocket Man (mini) is eighteen. These boys love to play! Please remember donkeys are most happy when they have another donkey to play with.

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


Posted by on January 22, 2013 in 2013, animals, donkey


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Why Is My Donkey Chasing My Cows?


Donkeys NEED a strong playmate to grab ahold of the neck, play tug with a food bowl and chase after.  Donkeys are not horses they are donkeys and they play different from the horse.  If you have a herd of cows and a donkey chasing after them I would say your donkey is bored and more than likely young and has no donkey to play with he/she is bored to death. 

Never leave a donkey with baby sheep, goats or baby cows as the donkey can get bored and pick up the youngster by the neck “donkeys play really rough and can kill the animal not big enough to defend itself.”  Donkeys are not being crazy or mean they are just doing what donkeys do playing, they need a play mate that can play the way Donkeys play.  Check out my youtbue video Size Does Not Matter to see how donkeys play.

Ideas To Stop This Behavior – Remember Donkeys Are Thinkers and They Get Bored Easy

1.  Make sure your donkey has toys, black feed bowl or orange traffic cone – Donkeys like to play with their mouths all the time

2.  If your donkey is a Jack turn him into a John

3.  Please remember Donkeys go in two’s, get your donkey another donkey to play with and chase.  Never ever leave your donkey with an animal too small as donkeys are just being donkeys they play really rough with their mouths and grab the neck of the playmate.  This is why donkeys have such thick necks compared to the horse as donkeys grab the neck of another donkey.  My donkeys would never attempt to grab my horses neck. Why? She is a strong big horse not a donkey!  Smile.

Please share information and enjoy your donkeys as donkeys are most happiest with another donkey and remember Donkeys are indeed precious gifts from GOD.

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



Posted by on November 4, 2012 in 2012, animals, donkey, horse


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Help My Donkey Is Running At Me His/Her Ears Back Teeth Showing


Perhaps you are new to donkeys and at first your donkey was quiet and nice and then all of a sudden the donkey started getting pushy.  Yes donkeys when scared are introverted usually not always but can be really quiet and stand scared with new things.  Donkeys can canter like a horse, trot, and walk like a horse.  But never think a donkey is a horse as they are not a horse a donkey is a donkey. :)

Both  of our donkeys Mammoth Rio and Mini Rocket Man run and play with one another with their ears flat back they are thinking and playing.  Yes Rio can come running at me when I have a treat with his ears back or when he is going out to his wooded pasture for a little brush eating.  

What should I do when my donkey comes running at me with his/her ears back, teeth showing?

First be safe and say Whoaa, wave your arms in front of you to stop them.  I am a student of Parelli  I use my carrot stick to keep a safe distance if I am with any equine I feel nervous around.  This is not a tool to hurt the equine but a safe way to keep their distance and slow down when approaching me.  With my equine I use my voice and if need be I will throw my hands up  in the air to stop them, clap my hands anything to stop the incorrect behavior.  Never run from a horse, donkey or mule and never turn your back, teach your equine to keep “two eyes looking at you, just like the ocean the human must respect the equine and stay in the leadership role at all times without abuse, never turn your back on the equine.”   Working with Donkeys, Horses and Mules (equine) can be dangerous so stay safe and enjoy your equine as they are gifts from GOD.

Never give a treat when the equine is pushing you to give it.  Give the treat when they are relaxed and have earned the treat, calm and respectfully.  My horse must turn her head away from me to get a treat this helps her think before trying to bully the treat out of my hand.  Lot’s of ways you can get your timing ready to teach the equine to receive the treat use your creativity to plan ahead and teach them to accept the treat.  All of my equine come to me when called without a food treat.  They get the physical, mental and emotional treat of me loving on them, brushing them, talking to them, picking their hooves and taking them for a walk.

Remember they can not kick you or bite you if your timing is great, they are looking to see if you are a leader or a follower, remember each time you are with your equine you are the human leader, you have the human mind put your cell phone away, job away, kids away and just be in the moment with your equine.  I say “You must be plugged into your equine to stay safe and be a great leader.” 

Try to think of this as an invisible string between you and the equine you are connected together for the time you enter into their world.  The rest of the world is not important only that you stay safe and do not get hurt and that you teach your equine how to fit into our human world.  Remember each equine has their own unique personality.

A leader stands like a leader, walks like a leader, has a plan.  A leader is always thinking of what is next the donkey is looking for a great human leader.  Life is easier when the animals are positive their human will provide constancy in their life i.e., food, clean water, loving, massages, pick out hooves, and talk to them.  Horses, donkeys and mules will never ever tell your life secrets but they are happy to hear everything you want to share with them. :)

Remember as the leader you determine when they come out of gate, you determine when they come out of the barn and when they go in.  I like to test my equine to see if they are listening to me I do not open the door and let them out.  I make them whoaa and wait a few seconds to minutes before pointing and walking out.  When going back to their barn they are to turn around and face me so I can take the halter off.  I pick their hooves out each and every day with no halter on while they are eating their hay it is like brushing our human teeth the hooves are the most important thing to keep up with.  No hooves no donkey, no horse, no mule.  This is the perfect time to ensure I do not have any doctoring to do on them look and feel their bodies and check for outchies.  After all I am their human leader and I am their human momma.

If they are really excited I back them into their barn, paddock, arena or pasture this helps them think and slow down.  Me backing Rio Rio out of the horse trailer in 2009.

Remember it’s easy to get into the routine of feeding and rushing thru the process.  I highly suggest you do not do this ever, stay plugged in, stay safe, stay alert to manage health concerns before they become a serious vet bill.  Put the safest fencing up you can afford and if you can afford to put video surveillance up use it as it is a wonderful tool.  Remember all equine are looking for a great human leader, be the best human leader you can be and I promise you the equine will reward you with amazing gifts.  Equine are gifts from GOD be grateful for them as each day is indeed precious and fragile.

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



Posted by on September 11, 2012 in 2012, donkey, health, horse


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Thinking Of Donkeys as Donkeys Come In Two’s


Do you ever find yourself thinking about donkeys? We have had donkeys in our life for five years now and well it’s hard to remember life without a horse and a couple of donkeys, they are indeed part of our family.  

Why Donkeys? Perhaps GOD understood before I did the importance of donkeys in our life as our donkeys are part of our family now.  I have always been a human that likes to learn, digs for information, steps out of the box to try new things and I am naturally creative.   Thank you Jesus!  The human brain is indeed one of the most important organs GOD gave us.

Why are donkeys so special?  Well they are usually not always but usually more relaxed than the horse and well kinda like a black lab they just want to be loved on, they want to eat, they want to snuggle with their human.  The donkey loves to play tug with their four-legged donkey buddy.  Donkeys love to jump up and grab the neck of their donkey buddy.  Donkeys are donkeys!

What Do Donkeys Need To Stay Healthy?

1. Clean water fresh water, diet, low sugar and low protein  hay  Never feed donkeys alfalfa hay ever

2. TamingDonkeys need their hooves picked out daily and their feet trimmed at least every 7 weeks

3.  Donkeys need the vet to come and see them at least once a year

4.  Donkeys need their teeth checked at least once a year

5.  Donkeys need us humans to check for sores, lice, or a limp – Watch your donkey learn how they move so you can catch problems quickly

6.  Donkeys need clean fresh water every day and in the winter warm water, Donkeys need lose salt and a salt brick

7. Donkeys need shelter from the weather

8. Donkeys need their human to be on time with meals – My donkeys hardly ever bray as they can depend on us to bring their meals, they do not need to remind us ever

9. It is a myth to believe all donkeys bray all day long they don’t bray unless they are calling out to a donkey or they are upset about meals or something else like a predator coming into their pasture

10. Donkeys do not enjoy a bath, donkeys seem to not enjoy water even on the most warmest weather.  Our donkeys get one bath a year and I hand wash their face just like my horse, never spray a donkey with a hose in the face

11.  Donkeys ears can be broken and not stand up so be careful when touching them

12.  Donkeys can grow lot’s of thick donkey fur for the winter

13.  Donkeys are looking for a great human leader who will take the time it takes, donkeys are visual learners

14. Donkeys can hear things way sooner than the horse

15. Last but final tip about donkeys; never ever drill a donkey, less is more and remember Donkeys never forget anything – Be careful what and how you train your donkey :)

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



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