"Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained" Melody Johnson

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Frat Party


FRAT PARTY

Because donkeys are herd animals and are ‘species specific’ their happiness meter increases dramatically when they are paired with another donkey or in a donkey herd. Happiness equates to improved psychological well being and physical health which means fewer behavioral problems and veterinary bills for owners. It is a win/win for both donkeys and their owners/guardians.

But, what happens when donkeys become ‘herd bound’?

Because many donkey owners/caretakers don’t spend time socializing and interacting with their donkeys on a regular basis their donkeys bond and become attached to their donkey companion or herd. Inevitably, when it is time for their donkey to leave their partner or herd the donkey panics, becomes stressed or misbehaves. We have seen far too many disasters when a donkey must be separated from its partner and one or both donkeys are plunged into hysteria. Being ‘herd bound’ is extremely dangerous for both the donkey and the owner!

As donkey owners and guardians we must be able to separate our donkeys and attend to them individually. At some point all donkeys will need to be separated, even temporarily, due to an abscess, illness, injury, diet change, medicating or for the farrier or vet.

Being ‘herd bound’ reflects on the owner NOT the donkey! Donkeys naturally migrate toward the leader of the herd and the strongest member for companionship. There is a natural hierarchy in herd psychology and as with all herd animals donkeys have a strong instinct for safety and survival. If your donkey does not consider you the leader of the herd or his/her partner you cannot expect your donkey to feel safe in your presence. You must be a leader worthy of your donkey’s trust and respect.

The solution for a ‘herd bound’ donkey is your time and patience. Learn to be a leader. Prove to your donkey that he/she can look to you for safety and natural herdsmanship.

To learn how to be a leader go to: http://donkeywhisperer.com/onlinetrainingcourse.htm

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Source: Kelly Probst

Are You A Gambler?


ARE YOU A GAMBLER?

This is a beautiful early morning in May at the Donkey Whisperer Farm. Notice the sun, the green pastures and the happy grazing donkeys.

At Donkey Whisperer Farm we only allow our donkeys out on pasture in the early morning hours or late evening! Please NEVER put your donkeys out on pasture from 10am to 5pm when all (green or brown) grass is high in sugar. Grass is poison to donkeys and plays a major role in metabolic disorders and hoof disease, specifically laminitis and founder.

Don’t gamble with your donkeys life!

Thank you for reading our blog. Education is key to the health of your domesticated donkey(s) life.

 

Source: Kelly Probst

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Hoof Abscess Dangerous Myths


PLEASE DON’T!

Here are some dangerous myths regarding hoof abscess treatment:

1. Soak the abscessed foot in bleach
2. Soak the abscessed foot in Lysol
3. Soak the abscessed foot in Apple Cider Vinegar
4. Place Tea Tree Oil on the abscessed area of the foot
5. Use an anti fungal cream on the abscessed foot
6. Walk your donkey until the abscess blows
7. Dig out the abscessed area with a pocket knife
8. Pack the hoof with Pine Tar and Turpentine
9. Ignore it, it will go away!

A hoof abscess is not a routine health issue! A donkey hoof is living breathing tissue with blood infused laminae. An abscess is a localized, internal infection, creating a pocket that is walled off within the hoof. This infection builds filling the pocket with blood, pus and fluid creating unbearable pressure in the hoof. Hoof abscesses are not external, they are internal. They are not only debilitating, but can be life-threatening!!!

Please, please don’t employ any of the mythical formulas above. Please learn how to respond to a donkey hoof abscess! Go to: Health Care Series

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Why Train The Owner To Train The Donkey?


The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC rope halter is an adjustable halter made to fit from four-months to full-grown. Mini, Standard and Mammoth donkey halters with matching lead lines are available for sale. Select OUR STORE to order. Never leave any form of halter on your donkey, horse or mule while not in 100% attendance to avoid self-mutilation or death.  Teach your donkey to catch you, never chase your donkey. Donkeys love their human when they feel safe in fact so very much they will move others in the pasture away from you. Donkeys are saying Stay Away From My Human! Remember you are the leader. Everything we do with donkeys means something. Donkeys have a savings account with their human. If the donkey determines we are not worthy to be a fair leader the donkey will not only be done with you the donkey will start to have Post Traumatic Stress with any human who smokes, is a woman, man, wears a hat and more. If the donkey see’s you do nothing while your donkey is abused by a human or animal (dog etc.,) your donkey will deem you not a leader. Any time you can show your donkey you are taking care of the donkey you are adding to your savings account. 

Training a wild donkey is always easier than training a donkey who has been abused by people.

Did I tell you donkeys are smart not stubborn. Donkeys are visual learners. Adopt a wild donkey and do not be afraid as this is going to be an amazing journey. Your donkey will teach you all about you! Donkeys are healers!

Why train the owner to train the donkey?

The donkey must trust the human before we can train the donkey. Donkeys are thinkers, game players they are not flight equine. This does not mean your donkey will not spook. All donkeys can spook. Many factors come to play when owning a donkey as in all equine the more we can show the donkey we are a fair leader and expose them to our human world the better the donkey will be. Donkeys generally do not enjoy loud music, and chaos. Donkeys are comical and intelligent. “Donkeys are not stubborn they are smart” if your donkey is not learning perhaps it is time for you to learn how to train your donkey. It’s all about you! Stay ON DONKEY TIME when training your donkey and remember your donkey will learn best when you do not drill. Wait another day and stay consistent in your words, timing and training techniques.

The donkey or ass (Equus africanus asinus) is a desert equine.  

The Donkey evolved in the desert. The donkey is truly an exotic equine in my most humble opinion. The donkey is a game player who can read a human in 3 seconds. 

  1. Abuser – Predator
  2. Treat Dispenser
  3. Fair Leader

The owner is the person responsible for the health, care and life of at least two donkeys. Donkeys need to live with another donkey. I suggest a couple of male gelding for the newbie donkey owner. Never a Jack or Stallion horse world. Jennies can be more difficult as they have estrus. Some gelding donkeys will bite, try to mount a female when in estrus I suggest keeping the jennies in one pasture and the geldings in another. This is your farm and your rules. My job is to help you the owner setup your farm for peace and harmony.

If you own donkeys you understand how important it is to train your donkeys. Sadly most donkeys in our world do not get treated fair. The abuse is horrific and not needed in any way. Please take a look at Donkey 101 video on demand to help you begin learning how to be a fair leader.

“Donkeys require the same care as a horse”

Trimming of the hooves at least every eight weeks, vet care, teeth, shots, health check-ups, fecal samples, tested low sugar/protein hay, clean water, shelter, slow feeder. Check the body for sores and watch how your donkey moves to notice any health changes. Exercise is vital to the health of the desert equine, keep your donkey moving. Care and planning is imperative to the health of domesticated donkeys.  

Donkeys are stoic – Meaning they will never show pain until it is too late. Donkeys die every day from pain or sickness, your vet and trimmer must work together. Please call the vet as soon as you see your donkey laying down more often than normal. A body in motion stays in motion. For the donkey staying down is death! We must do everything we can to get them up and moving again as soon as possible. Your vet is always your best option.  Please do not throw your donkeys out in a pasture and expect them to survive in domestication. Your domesticated donkey is depending on you as you brought the donkey into your life. 

 

 

Donkey 101 – Trains The Owner To Train The Donkey (VIDEO ON DEMAND)


BIG NEWS! http://www.donkeywhisperer.com/onlinetrainingcourse.htm

Donkey Whisperer Farm is proud to announce Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course, the first in a series of online training courses by Trainer Melody Johnson.

Donkey 101 teaches the fundamentals of resistance-free, natural training for you and your donkey. Donkey 101 offers a holistic training approach that includes insight and guidance into donkey psychology, emotion and behavior. Donkey 101 focuses on unique and proven techniques that train you, the owner, to train your donkey so you and your donkey enjoy a balanced, positive and rewarding relationship.

Donkey 101 includes 19 instructional videos and a PDF highlighting the vital aspects of donkey training for just $59.99. Videos include such topics as, building trust, staying on donkey time, teaching your donkey to catch you, introverts vs extroverts, teaching your donkey “walk-on and “whoa”.

Donkey Whisperer Farm is proud to announce Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course, the first in a series of online training courses by Trainer Melody Johnson.

Donkey 101 teaches the fundamentals of resistance-free, natural training for you and your donkey. We offer a holistic training approach that includes insight and guidance into donkey psychology, emotion and behavior. Donkey 101 focuses on unique and proven techniques that train you, the owner, to train your donkey so you and your donkey enjoy a balanced, positive and rewarding relationship.

Donkey 101 includes 19 instructional videos and a PDF addressing the topics below all for just

Introduction
A Small Training Area
Training Tools
On Donkey Time
Building Trust
Three Second Rule
Personal Space
Your Donkey Catches You
Walk-On and Whoa
You are the Leader!
How to Ground Tie
Going in and out of Stalls
Introverts and Extroverts
Backing up
Teaching “Over”
Walk-On, Whoa and Back Up
Donkeys are not Stubborn!
Going in and out of Gates
Taking Your Donkey for a Walk

We recommend each Course participant purchase a Donkey Whisperer Farm Rope Halter. Our rope halters are designed specifically for the training donkeys, not horses or mules! Our rope halters are made in the USA with high quality yacht rope and have a Visit our Online Store to purchase your rope halter and the Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course.

Visit http://www.donkeywhisperer.com/onlinetrainingcourse.htm to learn more and to register for Donkey Online Training Video Course.

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