Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,
Yesterday I was able to get back on Miss Lily for a thirty minute ride, I have to use the stair steps to get on. I rode her with no bit just her Parelli rope halter and no spurs as I do not use spurs. Whenever I start a horse, donkey or mule I start them in baby steps. “The bit comes last and is never used with a beginner rider, I always put the bittless bridle on for beginners.”
Never get on a horse without making sure you have a connection “I Say Make Sure You Have Their Head”
I have been a home study student of Parrell since 2007. I am very grateful to this program as my horse and mammoth donkey are trained to not move when I board or get off. Remember mounting and dismounting is the most dangerous part if the equine spooks you can be drug in the stir up. I planned ahead and trained my equine to have a strong foundation for riding, I train using verbal words along with physical cues.
If you do your ground work and make your foundation solid no bit is required to ride a horse. The bit is really bad for beginner riders as we humans should never ever pull on the mouth when riding. Like a musical instrument the bit is to be used lightly. Miss Lily did neck reining for the first time with me on her as I have not been able to ride for over three years. I teach all of this stuff on the ground as preparation is safety and as you can guess I am into safety after surviving a semi-truck accident leaving me with thee large screws in my pelvis and pain each and every day.
Think about how you feel when pain is given to you?
All of my donkeys and horse understand verbal words they do not need to be hurt to learn they learn from clear communication along with consistent training techniques. A treat helps tremendously with the correct timing and the equine not demanding the treat.
It’s hard to see how unfit we both are after three years but with time I believe both my horse and me will get fit again.
A photo of me and Miss Lily weeks before the semi truck accident 2010
One day this dream will come true!
Thank you for all of your prayers, GOD heard them! I am truly a miracle and I am grateful to Jesus for this little thing called life, it is my desire to pay it forward and help others the best I can. If you have donkey, mule or horse questions send me an e-mail at Melody@donkeywhisperer.com. I am free until I am strong enough to start my consulting, coaching and training business. “I will be coaching, consulting and teaching the owner how to train the donkey, horse or mule with the end result of you becoming the Donkey Whisperer for your farm.”
GOD in Jesus Christ name is amazing!
Thinking About Getting A Donkey? We purchased Miss Lily my quarter horse mare at twenty months old, a baby Mammoth donkey, and a mini donkey in 2007. With my information technology background and project management skills I began reading, and researching everything I could get my hands on to understand the donkey. Select Donkeys Come In Two’s to read how I learned how important it is to always have two donkeys. When they go to the vet take the donkey buddy with them, as the donkeys will stay calmer and heal faster. Horses should never be left alone either as they are a herd prey animal and they need to have another equine to feel safe, lay down and get REM sleep, play etc., It has always been my plan to get my horse Miss Lily another horse due to the semi-truck accident in 2010 this goal was put on hold. One day she will have a horse to be with as horses need horses and donkeys need donkeys. Lily, Rio and Rocket Man all get along well but the boys (donkeys) are very close and Lily is kinda the third wheel. Rio will groom Lily and Lily grooms Rio like book ends they are beautiful together and will always be close no doubt.
Trail walks with the donkeys we never leave one at home all alone
Experience has taught me the most as I do not work, I spend most of my time studying my horse and donkeys along with training them utilizing the Parelli home study program. I find the home study program level 1 to be a must have along with the rope halter, carrot stick and the horsenalities dvd for donkeys, horses and mules. I am training Rio our Mammoth donkey 16’1 at the withers to ride with no bit and no spurs. Directly copied from the Parelli website – The mules taught Pat the importance of reverse psychology, the principle of safety and comfort as the only real incentives, and developed in him more savvy on how to get a prey animal to want to perform. They also taught him about patience! In 1980, Pat founded The American Mule Association.
Rio (9 months), Melody and Rocket Man (13) shortly after we purchased them
These boys bonded after Rio (9 months in photo) was weaned from his donkey mom. Rocket Man was 13 years old when they bonded.
Two wild donkeys
Select Boys playing to watch youtube video. Can A Donkey Live Alone Without Another Donkey? Yes, of course but the donkey will not be in optimum health, will not be happy, will bray more and can get violent towards another animal species such as a goat, cow or sheep. Why? Well donkeys like to play tug, grab the neck of the donkey buddy and they are very intelligent much more than the horse as they can think all the time. Donkeys get bored much faster than a horse.
Donkeys come in twos
Lucky Three Ranch
Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody