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Livestock Guarding Dogs, Farm Working Dogs


Wondering how farms manage coyotes, predators? 

Sampson (LGD) Great Pyrenees is gone to heaven fall of 2015. We miss you big dog!

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Every farmer wants to be able to trust that their herd is safe. The trained Livestock Guardian Dog(s) can take the worry away along with providing you with companionship. 

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Did you know?

Predators (domesticated dogs, coyotes, cougars etc.) can kill your equine; Horses, Donkeys and Mules. Yes! I have had students from all over the world send me photos of their horse, donkey and even mule attacked by domesticated dogs, coyotes and cougar.

I have read and seen it all in the business of teaching the owner to train the donkey (mini, standard and Mammoth donkey) Select DONKEY WHISPERER FARM, LLC

Please never leave any equine living alone. All equine are herd animals. They need to live in pairs, please understand donkeys enjoy living with another donkey as donkeys grab the neck in play along with much more donkey behavior. Donkey behavior is one of comedy and can turn violent with a Jack (stallion horse world) smaller animal.

A great fence is imperative to helping but sadly predators can dig under or jump over. Thus why a Livestock guarding dog is essential to keeping your farm safe. All livestock guarding dogs need training and they must have a large farm to run and protect. Truly the livestock guarding dog is a huge asset to the farm.

We love our livestock guarding puppy (almost one now) he is the great Anatolian Shepherd, a farm Livestock Guarding dog, a working dog and one of our beloved pets. When our Great Pyrenees (LGD) dog Sampson died last year we moved over to the Anatolian Shepherd. This is a wonderful smart dog. Not for the beginner trainer. These dogs need a huge area to work, run and play, a great fence is another important factor. If you are a new person in the training of a dog this is NOT the dog for you. These dog need 100% training, as they are smart. The Anatolian Shepherd will memorize his farm, how many donkeys, dogs, horses, cows, sheep does he have. This dog will bark and let you know when any predator comes near the farm or a farm animal is missing.

Looking for a smart healthy Anatolian?

Make sure you find a great breeder to help you fit the needs of your farm. All animals need shelter, food and water.

LGD’s dogs are not herders, nor are they attack dogs!

They are exactly what they are called: “Guardians”.  Their job is to live with the stock and make sure nothing gets in to hurt, steal, or eat it.  Their first line of defense is just their size; they are enormous.  If size and a menacing bark do not deter, they will place themselves between their charges and perceived danger.  If all else fails, they will resort to violence, and woe to anyone on the receiving end of over 100 pounds of angry dog. I highly suggest posting NO TRESPASSING SIGNS, having a great fence with a locked gate.

 

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Do You Know What Plants Are Poisonous For Your Horse, Donkey or Mule?


OLD POST – 2012

Owning a small farm is a dream come true as I had been praying to GOD to own a horse again since I was a teenager, GOD answered my prayers in my late forties.  I am here to say “Nothing is impossible with GOD in Jesus Christ precious name” living on a  farm is indeed a gift from GOD and I am forever grateful for GOD’s favor and blessings. It is my pleasure to share information and a few photos with you. Enjoy!

Rio our mammoth donkey age 6 with Rocket Man our mini donkey age 18, 2012

Watching our beloved equine do one of their most favorite things, graze and munch away on good clean low sugar hay is a wonderful thing, it is truly a blessing.   For me listening to them chomp away on safe low sugar hay has a similar relaxation feeling as listening to the ocean as it calms my soul.   The farm girl is forever deep instilled in my soul, thank you Jesus.

 Here are a few links for Western Washing toxic plants:

Western Washington Poisonous Plants

More toxic plants

Horses Deadly Plants

Horses Deadly Plants A-Z

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Tansy Ragswort Weed – Highly Toxic

Lupins are beautiful but deadly to equine

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

Melody

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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in 2012, donkey, health, horse

 

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Equine Disease Alerts


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Select Equine Disease Alerts

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Posted by on May 19, 2016 in 2016, animals, farm, health, horse

 

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Apples and Pears Are Ripe In Sequim, WA


Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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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This is one of the most important posts I can write. I will do my best to write it in a way to educate and not offend people as the equine (donkey, horse or mule) need us humans to learn. In fact their lives depend on it!

When you drive by a farm please do not make your hot rod scare the equine as they can and do run through a fence in fear. Not to mention the vet bill for falling down and possibly breaking a leg. Please do not throw bread, apples, pears, watermelon, grass clippings, beer bottles or garbage over the fence at the farm animals. Legal Action will be taken if you cause harm to any farm.

Horses, donkeys and mules will die of colic if not treated quickly! Bread will get wrapped in their intestine and they can die.

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Over feeding of sugar for the desert equine the donkey is a NO, NO. These donkeys are on strict diets or they should be in domestication as they evolved from the desert. Meaning they can’t eat tons of sugar products. They really need a diet of low sugar/protein hay, clean water, a buddy, no sugar vitamin and toys. Our hay is tested to come in at 7% sugar.

Our equine (donkeys and horses) have their teeth done, vet care, hoof care and eat a strict diet. In fact we cut their pasture down low so they really don’t get any nutrition out of our farm land.

Why? Our farm is not planted with the right hay for the easy keeper the donkey yet. One day we will plant and use our irrigation, not today.

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 Please never stop and feed any equine (animal) anything without the permission of the owner.

Throwing apples or any food over the fence of an equestrian farm can cause death or a huge vet bill for the owners not to mention emotional stress, tears. Equine can die from colic!!!!!

If your equine live near any fruit tree keep them away from the tree. If your equine live near a road of city folks place signs, PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE Donkeys, Horses and video cameras. This will help.

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We have video surveillance on the Donkey Whisperer Farm and signs stating DO NOT FEED THE HORSES AND DONKEYS and still I have to tell people not to feed my equine. This is a huge problem and one I think most people who do not own equine just do not understand. You think you are sharing love, in fact you could kill the sweet Donkey, Horse or Mule living near you.

Thank you for sharing and caring!
Rio Johnson the Mammoth donkey, our three mini donkeys and two rescue standard donkeys, two horses. 

Melody Johnson
Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Training A Donkey, Horse or Mule


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I have rehabilitated donkeys, horses, mules and dogs. I understand the animals and how pain is a horrific way to teach any animal or human. 

How do I do this?

First I must build a relationship with the animal, tame the animal. Prove I am a leader without abuse. I have techniques to stay safe. Abuse is never needed to train.

The brain cannot learn under stress. Please remember old school training uses pain. Pain will cause you more problems down the road with equine. Please do not use this old cowboy training. People and animals learn when they are safe and calm. Not when under fear and pain.

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Donkeys and some mules not all will never forget anything you teach them. A new person they will pretend to know nothing. Interesting.

Please learn how to train another way. I am excited to teach you natural training. Fair leadership, you will be the leader and you will be safe. Never train the day the trimmer comes preparation is done before the trimmer or vet comes.

If you want to learn how to train a horse, donkey or mule you must learn how to control your emotions. Match the energy of the equine, have empathy and learn how to be plugged in 100% to your equine when you are with them. Release energy and wait for the equine to learn.

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Signs of Relaxation

Lick lips, blow out, cock a foot. These are signs of relaxation. Always end your Short training session on a good note. Never drill a donkey, horse or mule.

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Signs of stress,
Diarrhea water blowing out not just poop. Head high, tale tucked, or high. Back sunk in. Equine (introvert will lay down or not move the feet, they will not hear you eyes are glassed over). Extroverts will do anything to get away from the stressful situation including run over you.

Learning starts the minute we release! Get your timing down and stay ON DONKEY TIME. Life is relaxed and we are never in a hurry.

Preparation is the key to success in anything we do. Never drill any equine (horse, donkey or mule). Short training sessions that are quality will work the best and wait another day. End all training sessions with something the equine knows how to do. 🙂

Have a great day and remember your donkey, horse or mule is not a vehicle. They have personalities, emotions, fears and a past in most cases.

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Select OUR STORE for training anywhere in the world I teach you from the comfort of your home. We sell hand-made donkey halters to fit your donkey, and a little handmade artwork ON DONKEY TIME.

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Donkey Milk, Face Cream, Soap, Cheese

Donkey Milk, Face Cream, Soap, Cheese

Select Donkey Milk to read more on the greed of this new business. Select Cleopatra Donkey Skin Cream  to see more greed all at the expense of the beast of burden the donkey. Enough is enough no more abuse and greed! Please re-blog this post and help stop the abuse of more donkeys.  

Horses & Donkeys are not Cows!

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Please read what happens to horses forced to created premarin for women going into menopause and yes I personally know a little about this. I was told when forced into instant menopause to take this drug at age thirty four.  I refused after reading what the mares were going through and the foals who went to auction and then meat buyers.  Select FACTS ON PREMARIN MARES AND FOALS Please get educated on this. Not to mention the fact premarin does not work as effective and safe as other synthetic estrogen products specifically targeting less breast cancer. Question everything your doctor asks you to do it’s your health, get informed.

Copied from the link above FACTS ON PREMARIN MARES AND FOALS not my data.

Horses are not cows!

Horses are by nature wanderers, and although it is also not right for the privately owned horse to be cooped up in a box stall day after day, this is a completely separate issue: These mares are actually tied up in front and strapped in behind. They absolutely cannot turn around or take more than two or three steps forward or backward.

As for feeding, the horses are more than adequately fed — most farms feed hay, grain and oats, which is in excess of what the sedentary mare requires. PMU detractors say that this is to keep them in profitable slaughter-weight for when they break down.

Guidelines state that horses should be offered water no less than twice per day (now amended, because of adverse publicity, to twice that). Still, although the urine volume is less, PMU farmers supposedly prefer to water as little as possible, thereby increasing the concentration of estrogen in the urine — which is what it’s all about (the farmers are under contract to Ayerst for a certain volume of urine per collection season. They are paid based on the concentration of estrogen in the urine shipped). Contracts vary with each farm, but generally, the gross revenue from pregnant mare urine ranges from around $2,000 to $2,500 per mare per year.

Farmers, the low-men on the economic totem-pole in this business, are paid up to $11.00 U.S. dollars per one gallon of PMU (about $0.00275 per gram of estrogen collected). 43 million U.S. dollars was generated off of urine sales in 2002.

A filly foal has a less than one in 10 chance of not going to slaughter, a colt foal, less than one in 50!

As far as the use of catheters are concerned, PMU supporters say that they are no more (and in fact our research shows they were never used industry wide, if used at all) — now “urine collection devices” (UCD’s) are used. The UCD’s are not very hygienic for the mares, since they allow the urine to soak the skin of the vulva, sometimes causing severe infections and painful lesions.

As for the actual living space they have, current PMU farm guidelines (strictly “voluntary” guidelines that have no consequences, and are not enforceable in any way) state that for horses weighing under 900 lbs. the width of the stalls should be no less than 3.5 feet in width; for horses over that weight, the width is increased to 5 feet.

This may well be large enough for the horses to lie down — but so is a coffin for a person. Would you like to sleep in one? While pro-PMU people, PMU farm vets included, say that it’s enough room to lie down and sleep, some have contradicted themselves in print by saying that “horses can sleep standing up anyway.”

Horses can lock their legs and doze, but they must lie down for their essential ‘deep sleep’ period (in the wild and in pasture, horses lie down approximately three hours for every twenty-four). As for exercise, the guidelines leave that up to the discretion of the farm manager or farm employees.

HorseAid has carefully reviewed the guidelines with leading animal husbandry veterinarians and found them insufficient to protect either the wellness of the mares or the thousands of foals they produce. Our latest investigations reveal that even these inadequate guidelines are not being followed.

Pro-PMU people say, “It’s 20 below zero out there in the winter, which is when the mares are confined. It’s more humane to keep them inside.” However, no indoor arenas or turn-out pens were observed in any of the farms we visited. There are an estimated 125 producing mares on each farm (averaged across all farms – 150, if you include reserves, “hires” and foaling/nursing mares), and to hire employees to hand-walk each one even once a day would not be cost-effective (and so, usually not done).

As a result, the already too-fat mares have problems with stocking up, soreness and hoof/wall separation. At almost EVERY farm we visited, there was some form of respiratory distress evident in the mares “on-line”.

In addition to the physical stresses, mentally — horses cannot be compared to other constantly penned, tethered livestock (such as dairy cattle).

Typical PMU producing farm “collection” area

Are the Foals Really Sent to Slaughter?
Some of the farms observed, do breed quality draft and Quarter horses (and obviously care about the welfare of the horses they breed), while others use combinations (Appaloosas, Belgians, “Generics”, Percherons, and Thoroughbreds) of both registered and unregistered horses purchased at local auction (the most common breed being the Quarter horse, which is coincidentally, the most desirable horse breed slaughtered for human consumption).

The offspring from the former are sometimes sold for show purposes and sometimes fillies are raised to go ‘on line’ as soon as they’re able to conceive (usually at the age of 20 – 24 months), but mostly they go to slaughter.

 

Please do not support this greed!

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Donkeys have been a beast of burden for far too long. Forced to be dragged by A.T.V.’s in the USA for being stubborn and not moving their feet when scared of the human. Ears cut off for not doing what the owner says and yes much worse things I can’t type here.

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Donkeys are considered to be worthless in most of the world and it is a horrific myth as donkeys can do everything the horse can do if of full age and tall enough. Donkey can live in domestication thirty to fifty years. Please care and share this blog post.

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

Melody

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