1. Most important – Please don’t beat me or punish me for being slow and not moving fast enough, unlike the horse I can think all the time. If I overreact understand I am stressed.
2. I enjoy being talked to, brushed, and loved on when I am sure you will not hurt me. I will not eat if stressed. I am a donkey, donkeys are seriously into self-preservation.
3. I learn differently from the horse I am a visual learner. I learn by watching from an honor horse, mule, or another honor donkey or you doing something with me standing and watching at a safe distance. Please walk away from me with scary new things and let me come to you on my time I am scared of new things and need you to slow down.
4. I prefer clean water, warm water in the winter and low sugar, protein hay as I gain weight fast I was created to live in the desert.
5. I am really smart please do not leave me all alone, give me a companion I prefer a donkey but will take a horse or mule.
6. I need my hooves trimmed just like the horse.
7. I need my teeth taken care of just like the horse. I need a vet check once a year.
8. Please feed me at least two small meals a day when I am on a dry pasture and never feed me alfalfa hay or grass clippings.
9. I like to play with toys, orange traffic cone, feed bowl, or jolly ball I am smart and get bored easy just like you.
10. I am special GOD gave me a cross on my back and I am the only animal in the bible GOD gave the ability to talk.
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Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm ® Trainer is an expert in donkey behavior modification. Melody trains the owner or caretaker to train the donkey via Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand worldwide. Take Melody Johnson to the farm with you using any smartphone or device. Speed Up Your Training Time!
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Learn how to put the halter and lead line on with peace and harmony. These exercises create trust and relaxation for both the donkey and the human.
Teach the donkey to stand for the farrier and pick up the feet with no kick or fight.
Say the word foot and the donkey picks up the foot.
Stop the donkey from biting, nipping, and swinging the head into me.
Stop the donkey from dragging the human or bolting.
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Take Melody Johnson to the farm via any smart device. Printout our book attached to each training video. Stay On Donkey Time ® as donkeys cannot be forced to do anything. We cannot bribe a donkey and we cannot punish a donkey to follow us. The donkey must form a relationship with the human and most of all the donkey must trust us at all times. Never abuse a donkey, never betray a donkey. Learn how to be a fair leader 100% of the time you are with your donkey. If you see another human hurting your donkey or animal stop it. If your donkey watches you do nothing over pain and abuse the donkey will deem you unworthy to be a leader. The leader steps in and stops pain. Pain is ineffective in training animals and humans. Pain teaches to never trust. We want trust 100% of the time we are with our donkey. Trust is earned.
“Horses dream of being trained the way a donkey demands to be trained” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm ®.
Donkey 102 video on demand trains the owner or caretaker how to problem solve and train the donkey. Donkey 102 teaches you the owner or caretaker how to use the stick and string (fiberglass leather tip) to touch the donkey never hurt the donkey. A tap to keep on when walking, a wiggle to stop the bolt, desensitizing to prepare for the farrier, and more. This stick is a must-have for your shelter and farm. Seriously an extension of your arm. 🙂
ON DONKEY TIME ® is our business logo! Stay calm, have a plan and be a fair leader. Never betray a donkey. Never drill a donkey. Do not bring a trainer into your farm or send your donkey to a trainer unless they have studied Donkey 101 & 102 and will never abuse or give pain to your donkey.
Donkeys follow the human they trust and respect. Trust is earned and proven. This is the person who lives on the farm, picks up poop, feeds and cares for the donkey(s).
Sadly donkeys who have no social skills are at high risk for re-sale and meat buyers. Please take the time to learn how to train your donkey. Peace and harmony are guaranteed to come back to the farm. It’s all about the human. Preparation is the key to training a donkey. Donkeys learn at the release of pressure not from pain. The donkey has trained the human. Some donkeys are rescue donkeys meaning they have met the worst kind of human. Donkeys have photographic memories. Donkeys never forget good or bad. Fixing donkeys that have been abused will take Donkey 101 and Donkey 102 and time. No donkey is a throw-away donkey.
Stay ON DONKEY TIME ® never drill or stress your donkey out. Tomorrow will be a better day.
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Enjoy this beautiful piece of artwork capturing miniature donkeys Rocket Man and Maximus playing Who’s The Boss. Donkeys love to play games, donkeys love to play tag, grab the neck, ear and tug with a toy. Donkeys are intelligent and playful at the same time. This is a limited edition collection for 2019.
Melody Johnson, Donkey Behaviorist captured miniature donkeys Rocket Man and Maximus playing on the Donkey Whisperer Farm ®. Introducing Kay Lodhal our watercolor artist! The Donkey Whisperer Farm ® paid Kay Lodhal to paint the watercolor made exclusively for the Donkey Whisperer Farm ® store.
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Donkeys NEED a strong playmate to grab a hold 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. Or a Jack (intact) donkey.
Two donkeys will play donkey games.
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. Donkeys can and do kill baby sheep, calves, goats and dogs.
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. Size matters, pair the donkeys up fair. Diet is easier to manage this way too. 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.
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.
Donkeys are smart not stubborn. Donkeys are visual learners meaning; Donkeys can watch you do something repetitively and repeat the process. Donkeys are wood eaters. Make sure you have excellent fences, gates and locks.
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Donkeys love wood!
Please do not confuse eating wood as cribbing as its not. Donkeys evolved from the desert.
Rio our Mammoth donkey is thirteen years old 2019.
Rio age six is 16”1 hands at the withers, not the ears and yes he still has one more year of growing to do. Rio is a Mammoth donkey 100% donkey no horse he will be full-grown at age seven, the bigger the equine the longer it takes for them to mature. As the human owner, it is our responsibility to learn what age the equine is full-grown and what it takes to keep them in optimum health mentally, physically, and emotionally.
Miniature donkeys are full-grown at age three.
Standard/burro age four.
Mammoth donkeys age six or seven. Rio was seven as he stands 16’2 hands tall.
Preparation is the key to preparing a donkey to ride.
As a baby mammoth donkey, we took Rio, Lily, and Rocket Man for lots of trail walks to prepare for trail riding. I highly suggest you do the same if your goal is to trail ride and you have an equine big enough and old enough to carry your weight. Training the equine to load (trailer and carry weight) without stress is the most important thing to do as you do not want to be trying to trailer load in an emergency. Any time you can spend with a youngster preparing them for what you want them to do as an adult is time well spent, it’s like laying a foundation on a house to make it strong and solid.
If you have young donkeys, mules, or horses please wait to do riding until they are full-grownas their bones, joints, and mind needs time to grow up. If you wait for them to physically mature you will have a healthy and happy equine into their senior years if you push ahead too much too fast you can cripple the equine for life.
Rio (mammoth donkey) two days old.
Rio nine months old – Look how GOD puts all the thick baby donkey fur on to keep him warm in the winter.
“Rio is 9 months old. this is the face I fell in love with a look at those eyes.
Rio at 9 months old
Rio at 1 year old
Rio with Lily at 1 year old just got home to our farm.
Taking Rio to another farm practicing trailer loading and meeting other horses – Rio is two years old here.
Going for trail walks not rides – Rio carried our lunch and water as he is still too young to ride age 3.
Rio and Melody age 3 (most famous photo) just got a bath and is wearing a cooler blanket after a bath.
Rio age 3.
Lily is five and Rio is almost four here Ponying up.
Rio age 5 2011
Rio age 6 summer 2012
Rio age 7.
Rio Johnson age 13 (2019) our Mammoth donkey with Melody Johnson.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
On Donkey Time ® is our business logo. We train the owner or caretaker of a donkey to train the donkey using resistance free methods. Endorphins and never pain. After you complete Donkey 101 Video training and Donkey 102 along with our halter/lead line you will be the Donkey Whisperer for your farm.
On donkey time ® is a state of mind. Kinda like on beach time, we are relaxed and never get upset. On donkey time is a vital part of our Donkey Training 101 and Donkey 102 training video series E-Training On Demand. Use your smart phone take us to the farm with you. Print out the E-Book attached PDF to learn donkey behavior.
Donkey Whisperer Farm ® fiberglass stick and string to touch your donkey never to hit the donkey. Stop the kick, stop the bolting donkey. 3ft for miniature donkeys and 4ft for standard/burro or Mammoth donkeys.
Donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys living in the U.S.A. are being overfed and fed the wrong foods. Once the neck crest breaks over nothing can be done to repair the neck. Insulin resistance, laminitis, and soon death. If you rescue a donkey with this abuse, get a donkey vet fast. You can save this donkey’s life. Diet changes everything in most cases, test all of your hay, equine analytical lab in the USA to ensure 10% or lower in sugar and protein, no grain, create a donkey track, clean water, salt, and portion control with a slow feeder.
The donkey must live on a dry pasture or paddock for the majority of their life. If we feed the wrong foods such as alfalfa hay, apples, pears, cookies, oats, bread, or munching all day on grass, brush, and trees we will see this in our donkey’s neck. Not to mention death. Death comes next as the donkey evolved from the desert, the donkey was created to live on low sugar/protein hay, clean water. Round bales for the donkey will cause this too! Hay should be measured and controlled as the donkey evolved from the desert.
Laminitis is a condition in which there is inflammation in the laminae of the foot that connect the pedal bone to the hoof wall. This can progress to rotation or sinking of the pedal bone within the foot. The cause is not fully understood and many factors are involved but obese animals are more prone to develop the disease.”
Equine Metabolic Syndrome: Overweight donkeys often develop a fat, crest neck and fat pads around their tail base. When this occurs the donkey can develop a metabolic disease known as ‘Equine Metabolic Syndrome’. This causes insulin resistance and increased levels of blood glucose (blood sugar) in the bloodstream. In equids, this can lead to recurrent episodes of laminitis or founder. This disease involves inflammation of the white lining or laminar junctions of the feet, extreme foot pain and difficulty walking and chronic abscesses. In severe cases, this is death for the donkey.
Hyperlipaemia is a condition in which triglycerides (fats) are released into circulation which can result in organ failure and death unless treated rapidly. The early signs of dullness and reduced appetite can be difficult to detect. Hyperlipaemia can be triggered by anything that causes a reduction in food intake e.g. stress, transport, dental disease.
Causes of hyperlipaemia
A number of risk factors have been identified as contributing to this condition. It is known that a female donkey is at higher risk than a male, especially when there are high energy demands such as if she is pregnant or lactating. Overweight and obese animals are at higher risk than those in average condition but even thin donkeys are at risk. Donkeys that have lost significant weight in the preceding weeks should be monitored carefully as they are at a much higher risk of developing this disease. When managing your donkey’s weight, care should be taken not to crash diet as this will put your donkey at risk.
Stress will cause a donkey to reduce its feed intake and can be brought on by many stressors such as:
Removal or death of buddy
Living With Another Animal Who Is A Predator
Forced To Live A Life With Constant Stress And Abuse
Action Plan To Lose Weight – DO NOT STOP FEEDING THE DONKEY.
Build Pastures made to exercise, a track
Donkey lives on a dry paddock
Ask your vet to do blood work insulin resistance or cushings
Have the dentist come out and examine the donkey’s teeth
Engage in an exercise routine
Take Your Donkey For Walks
Make Sure Your Donkey Has Toys and A Buddy To Play With
Test Your Hay 10% Or Lower In Sugar and Protein – Measure for portion control.
Mammoth donkeys have the widest white line of any donkey. Its a fact. Keeping a Mammoth donkey healthy living in the wet and green Pacific Northwest is a challenge and is most difficult. Donkeys hooves need to stay dry. Our Mammoth Donkey stands 16’2 hands tall at the withers he weighs 1100 pounds and he is not fat. His hooves are tiny for his massive body and narrow unlike the horse his weight is compressed different into the hoof wall.
All of our donkeys and horses are on a regular farrier schedule six weeks in the spring and summer and seven in the fall and winter. During the summer of 2019 we experienced something we have never experienced white line disease eating our Mammoth donkeys hoof.
What is white line disease?
At first we thought it was an abscess so we began soaking and treating for the abscess. After three days I new it was not an abscess. The vet was called. The vet started picking at the bottom of the foot and she kept picking until the all of the rotted hoof was gone on the front of the toe.
Saving a Mammoth donkey from any serious hoof injury takes a team effort. The vet must be experienced in donkey behavior, drugs and care. The vet leads the farrier and the owner. We are blessed to have our vet as she saved Rio’s life.The first three weeks were critical as Rio needed to rest and yet he needed to stay with his donkey friends and keep walking. The big worry was how much weight the other front foot would have to take as laminitis from stress and weight is a real concern. Padding hurry and get the padding on.
When the donkey is put in a stall for rest it can be the end of life in many cases for donkeys. I personally will never choose to put my donkey in a stall without the ability to keep walking. Why? Donkeys get depressed. Donkeys give up. Way too many donkeys are sent to heaven due to this critical mistake all in trying to help the donkey.
If the donkey gets depressed and stops getting up and interacting with his buddys he or she will simply give up and not try to get up any more. Next the donkey is sent to heaven as it is the only other option for most vets. Truly tears for all the donkeys who have died from the wrong form of care. Donkeys are deep, deep thinkers and have serious emotional distress when forced to spend any time alone.
We must keep the equine healthy and not over working and yet have peace and balance. The buddy donkey is always important including if the donkey needs to go to the hospital. Take the buddy with the donkey.
My husband Scott and I worked every day to make sure the temporary hoof wrap was working and Rio had no rubs. No equine boots fit a donkey perfectly at this time. So we must be creative for the donkey. Perhaps one day businesses will build a shoe and a boot for a donkey. I reached out with our business Donkey Whisperer Farm ® begging for a boot to be made, offered to support and help sell it. I was told there is not enough money in donkeys.
Here is a video of Rio wearing the Soft Ride Boots which were way to big. We had to build internal boots and prevent the rub. We checked for rubs and changed the boots every day for three and half weeks. Finally we could have the rubber clog shoes put on Rio. Whew, we made it. Thank you Jesus!!!!
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