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Does A Donkey Need A Hoof Trimmer?


Donkeys need their hooves to be trimmed just like a horse.

In the wild the donkey is walking up to 25 to 35 miles a day. On our farm the donkey is most likely not moving this much. A trimmer who is skilled in donkeys hooves is imperative to your domesticated donkeys health. It is best to keep your donkey(s) on a regular trimming schedule.

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Donkeys need the following:

  1. Shelter
  2. Clean water
  3. A dry paddock for most of their day.
  4. Lose clean salt in the shelter
  5. Hay to be tested to come in below 10% sugar.
  6. Never feed alfalfa, hay clippings or people foods, breads, cookies etc.,
  7. Never leave your desert equine the donkey on grass or brush, trees all day. They will get sick and have health problems.
  8. Fecal samples to test for parasites. No parasites no need to worm. Over worming has caused resistant free parasites in our donkey, mule and horse world. This is expensive to fix. Just like taking too many antibiotics in the human world over worming destroys the immune system and causes resistant free parasites.
  9. A vet check for dental and health at least once a year.
  10. Trimmer on a regular basis six weeks in the spring and summer and 7 in the fall and winter living in the Pacific Northwest. 

 

GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!

Apples and Pears Are Ripe In Sequim, WA


Please never feed a horse, donkey or mule without asking the owner for permission. Allergies, health specific diet are real. You can cause laminitis, cushings, abscesses and obesity. Obesity can cause death in equine living in domestication.

What is Laminitis?

Radiograph of a horse hoof showing rotation of the coffin bone and evidence of sinking, a condition often associated with laminitis. The annotation P2 stands for the middle phalanx, or pastern bone, and P3 denotes the distal phalanx, or coffin bone. The yellow lines mark the distance between the top and bottom part of the coffin bone relative to the hoof wall, showing the distal (bottom) of the coffin bone is rotated away from the hoof wall.

Laminitis is a disease that affects the feet of ungulates, and is found mostly in horses and cattle. Clinical signs include foot tenderness progressing to inability to walk, increased digital pulses, and increased temperature in the hooves. Severe cases with outwardly visible clinical signs are known by the colloquial term founder, and progression of the disease may lead to perforation of the coffin bone through the sole of the hoof or being unable to stand up requiring euthanasia.

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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.

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ON DONKEY TIME


“ON DONKEY TIME IS OUR BUSINESS LOGO” 

We train the owner or caretaker to train the donkey. It’s all about you! Learn how to train your donkey and never be frustrated again.

Select Our Store to order E-training and your donkey soft yacht rope halter/lead line.

 

GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged

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Thinking About Donkeys – Two Is The Majic Number


TWO IS THE MAGIC NUMBER!

All equines are herd animals, but donkeys are especially bound by strong herd instincts. Donkey’s are considered “Species-Specific” which means they prefer to be with their own kind.

This is why two is a magic number. Two donkeys mean health, happiness and longevity. It has been shown that a single donkey, living alone, is more likely to suffer from psychological and physical health problems than two donkeys living together.

So, if you want a less vet bills, less worry, a happy donkey and a healthy donkey, well, two is the magic number!

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What To Do When Your Donkey Has A Hoof Abscess


Here at Donkey Whisperer Farm we get more inquiries about hoof abscesses in donkeys than any other healthcare issue. Due to this common, but dreadful hoof ailment, we have decided to share our personal experience here at the farm with you through our new Donkey Healthcare Video ‘Donkey Hoof Abscesses’.

We have over 12 years experience treating mild to life threatening abscesses in donkeys with veterinarian guidance, as well as alone in the field. Over the years Donkey Whisperer Farm has developed a strict and successful protocol for preventing, treating and overcoming hoof abscesses.

It is vital that every donkey owner and caretaker understand that hoof abscesses in donkeys can be fatal and should not be considered a routine health problem. In the Donkey Whisperer Farm ‘Donkey Hoof Abscesses’ Video we outline causes, prevention, do’s and don’ts, home care, pain control and recovery from donkey hoof abscesses.

This is a must have donkey healthcare video for every donkey owner or caretaker! As we say at Donkey Whisperer Farm: it is not IF your donkey gets a hoof abscess, but WHEN your donkey gets a hoof abscess!

For more information watch our YouTube trailer below. To purchase the Donkey Hoof Abscesses Video see below.

Farm living is a blessing, a personal choice and its hard work. Very few vacations, time to travel as the farm is a full-time job.  Owning any form of equine (donkey, mule or horse) is not cheap. The cost for hay, vet, trimmer is all rising each and every day. We must understand the vet is the team leader for the health of our equine. The trimmer follows the vets instructions.

The owner is 100% responsible for each and every step that is being taken to keep the farm healthy.

Anytime I can share information that can get the donkey, mule or horse out of pain and suffering fast I promise to do it. Cutting a hole out of the hoof is not for the farrier or trimmer this is a veterinarians job. Too many things can go wrong. 

Donkeys Equus africanus asinus evolved in the Desert. Donkeys are the exotic equine requiring a safe low sugar/protein diet. No alfalfa, shelter, hoof care at least every seven weeks. Vet care, teeth, shots are the same as for the horse. Donkeys are seriously different than the horse in training, health care, gelding. Make sure you have an experienced vet (donkeys) and trimmer or farrier before moving the two donkeys into your life. Donkeys must live with another donkey. Donkeys love to grab the neck and play donkey games. A donkey forced to live alone in isolation without another donkey will not be balanced. Sure the donkey is looking happy to you. Please understand donkeys need another donkey to play tag, grab the neck, groom and stand ON DONKEY TIME. Donkeys are always ON DONKEY TIME. Meaning life is slow and intentional. Donkeys are not stubborn, donkeys are smart. 

We have six donkeys and two horses living on the Donkey Whisperer Farm. Out of the six donkeys only one donkey has never had a hoof abscess in the last eleven years. I teach worldwide the owner of a donkey or mule how to train and care for the equine. E-training is always the best way to learn. Preparation is the key to solving any crisis and keeping our money. Select Donkey 101 E-TRAINING Video On Demand.   

If we can be prepared in training the donkey, mule or horse to pick up the feet without a fight. Trust us as a leader it is easy to soak the foot and create the hoof boot. First we have to learn how to train and stay in the leadership position the entire time we are with our equine.

We are working on Donkey 102 now. E-training will be available for sale the summer of 2018.

The Donkey Whisperer Farm teaches you the owner or caretaker how to treat the abscess without cutting a hole out of the foot. If after four days the abscess has not drained out it is time to call the vet. We are not vets. The hoof takes 1 year to grow out.

 

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

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Hay, Hay, Hay – We will have hay for sale soon!


Dear Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,

Last year we completed our home. Yeah! This year my goal is to complete our Video On Demand, E-Training series DONKEY 102. If you have not taken Donkey 101 we highly recommend you take this course as it is a prerequisite to Donkey 102. Select E-TRAINING DONKEY 101 VIDEO ON DEMAND.

Select OUR STORE  to order your soft yacht rope halter, lead line, BRASS SCREW ON SNAP and Donkey 101. Our measurements will fit any mini or standard size donkey age 4 months to full-grown. All other equine require you to measure the head. We are now making custom fitting soft yacht rope halters with matching lead lines for all equine, donkey, mule and horses.

We provide the template and measurement tool after your order is placed. We ship for FREE in the U.S.A. and we ship worldwide. We just shipped a large order to Norway. We are now selling riding reins and Long Lead lines up to 22 feet with a brass screw on snap.

2018 HAY FOR SALE! SEQUIM, WA

For those of you who have been following my blog you know how much I love to garden. We are excited to share the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC is moving into full hay production. Just like last year if you come on the day we bale the hay is $8.00 per bale. Bring help as you pick off the field and load in your truck. If you wait until we pick up the hay and get under cover the cost is $10.00 per bale. This is nice local alfalfa, orchard mix hay, 2 strands 70 pound bales.

E-mail us at INFO@DONKEYWHISPERER.COM to get on our mailing list.

Next year we hope to seed begin growing premium organic weed free Orchard hay testing below 10% sugar on our little farm in Sequim, WA.

Our website is WWW.DONKEYWHISPERER.COM

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

WWW.DONKEYWHISPERER.COM

Scott & Melody Johnson

 

 

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