I Will Always Love You

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Donkey Trailer Loading Training

Learn how to train your donkeys to load in the trailer, ride in the trailer and stay safe. Learn how to load multiple donkeys and unload. Learn how to purchase the right trailer and how to have a safety plan in place. Donkey Trailer loading includes twelve teaching videos with over one hour of the training content by trainer Melody Johnson and a 10-page E-book (pdf) outlining key points to trailer loading.

Description

Donkey Trailer Loading Training Video On Demand:

  1. Melody Johnson, introduction walking three miniature donkeys to the trailer.
  2. Preparing the trailer for the donkeys.
  3. Tying miniature donkeys to the outside of the trailer.
  4. Loading three miniature donkeys.
  5. Miniature donkeys lose in the trailer.
  6. Unloading three miniature donkeys.
  7. Providing miniature donkeys balance and consistency.
  8. Tying two standard and a mammoth donkey to the outside of the trailer.
  9. Loading a mammoth and standard donkey.
  10. Mammoth and standard donkey lose in the trailer.
  11. Unloading standard and mammoth donkey.
  12. Providing big donkeys balance and consistency.
  13. How to load the difficult donkey.
  14. Video cameras inside the trailer.
  15. Walking the donkeys back to the barn.

 

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Happy 2021

On Donkey Time ® Steel Sign – Shop Now!

Here comes a new year! 

Hello, it’s nice to meet you. My name is Melody Johnson, Donkey Trainer, and a coach and teacher for humans who own and care for donkeys.  I teach worldwide via Donkey 101 & 102 video on demand. Donkeys are a bit different from a horse as well the donkey is super intelligent so much that the donkey usually has the owner trained before the human has the donkey trained.  If you have never been around a donkey let me share my favorite quote to help you understand,“Horses dream of being trained the way a donkey demands to be trained” Melody Johnson. If you would like to see what I do for a living come on over to the Donkey Whisperer Farm ® store. 2020 is the year of sitting down and re-thinking how to keep our families and business healthy. How to adapt to our new way of life.   For most of us, the pandemic created a dramatic change or shift in thinking and behavior.  Jesus brings peace. “Submit to God and be at peace with him;  in this way, prosperity will come to you.” JOB 22:21 NIV  

Are you a city person or a farm person?

Living on a farm seems to be a simpler way of life in so many ways living with covid our farm is truly a blessing.   For us, the Covid was not much different than our normal life. You see, we have so much to do on the farm, each day the donkeys and horses and doggies need to be fed and cared for. Last spring my husband Scott planted the seed (hay) in the field during the beginning of the pandemic. While city folks were trying to find ways to adapt we were just living our natural way of life.  The sad part was we could not have visitors on the farm, we look forward to having our most fragile world return to normal.
If you are having a hard time finding anything positive in 2020 let’s think outside the box. It’s easy to get caught up in what’s wrong in our lives and miss what’s positive or going well. If you have lost a loved one in 2020, I am deeply sorry for your pain I pray GOD gives you peace. I truly understand suffering and pain and my heart breaks for your pain. Please know this too shall pass.  Jesus will bring peace “Start each day in prayer, meditating on the good things in your life.”  Thank Jesus for something good in your life every day, God loves all of his children deeply.
God bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody & Scott Johnson GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Christmas Donkeys

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 2020 has been a very difficult year with the virus. We are praying the new year 2021 will bring our most fragile world back to normal. People need to touch, hug, and feel people. In the meantime, we will continue to share our farm with the world to try and educate and share bring a smile to your face. Donkey Whisperer Farm ® God bless you and your family two and four-legged! Melody & Scott Johnson, our donkeys, horses, and doggies. GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

On Donkey Time ® Sign

Are you looking for a Christmas present for the donkey lover in your life?  This is it! Take a look at my artwork, ON DONKEY TIME ® Steel Sign.  Order in our store.


On Donkey Time ® Sign

The Making Of On Donkey Time ® Signs – Handmade In The U.S.A.

  1. Our Steel fabricator makes each On Donkey Time ® sign using 12 gauge thick steel. Next, each donkey receives a strong hanger welded on the back.
  2. The Powder Coating Team sandblasts each steel donkey.  Next, a beautiful gray base color is painted and baked into the steel donkey.
  3. Bringing the Donkey to Life; Our artist Skip Hand Airbrushes and paints each On Donkey Time ® sign.

Size 11″ x 16″

Weight 3 pounds

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Packing Is Free

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Donkeys Licking Lips

Preventing colic is one of the most important things we can do for our stoic (will not show pain until it is too late) donkey. We provide loss-free salt, clean water, and tested hay in a slow feeder.

If you are looking for a donkey halter made to fit a donkey, please go to our store. We provide outstanding quality and a perfect fit each time.

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Donkey Behavior

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

What’s Behind The Barn Door

Farm life is the best life! I love our farm, and all of the animals but let me be clear this is not the life for all humans. Our farm animals require twenty-four-seven care, seven days a week no exception.

Our farm is growing low sugar & protein hay and boy does this require some work. My husband Scott is a seriously physically fit middle-aged man, he is constantly lifting heavy items for the farm, moving hand lines, building fences, lifting heavy bales of hay. Did I tell you farming is hard work?

Farms Require Work!

* Farmers work full-time seven days a week, twelve moths out of the year.

*Farmers must have another full-time job to keep the farm alive.

*Farmers do not take vacations very often.

*Farmers must have passion for the farm and the animals.

*Farmers use their personal resources as its difficult to pay someone to run the farm.

*Farmers work in hot, cold, wet, windy, mudy and freezing weather all hours of the day.

*Farmers pray! Farmers pray for sunshine, rain, wind, and for favor to keep the farm running.

*Farms with animals require the farmer to provide food, water, shelter, fences, vet care, and basic husbandry of boring choirs such as picking up poop and composting at least 2 times a day. Picking poop out of the hooves at least three times a week for donkeys, mules and horses, no hoof, no equine.

*Farms require the owner to work full-time with very few breaks or trips away from the farm.

If you can agree to all of the issues above, hurry and get your farm up and running! Congratulations you are indeed a rare human, you are a hard worker and you are a farmer.

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

Melody Johnson

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Salt For Donkeys, Mules, and Horses

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Riding Reins Long With A Leather Popper

Romal Riding Reins Yacht Rope Spanish Knot (30)

Donkey Whisperer Farm ® Quality Split Romal Soft Yacht Rope Riding Reins are Made with 3/8 black yacht rope. Thirty Spanish knots, a keeper to hold the reins in place, and a large black popper.  Slide the keeper on the reins for a perfect ride. Made by hand in the U.S.A.

Choose your length and color 8ft, 9ft, and 10ft. Spanish Knot Colors; Brown, Dark Blue, Pacific Blue, Black, Raspberry, Neon Green, orTan. Yacht rope will never mold or frail. Dirty? Wash in a bucket of warm soapy water and let dry.

The Spanish knots you see at various places on the reins add style and eye appeal. The romal rein is always the same length on each side when you hold it in your hand using the Spanish knot keeper. The large popper on the end of the reins is used as a training aide.

Romal Riding Reins Yacht Rope Spanish Knot (30)

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Donkey Hoof Abscess

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Donkey Singing The Blues

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Trumpeter Swans

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Every morning and evening this time of the year I hear these birds in the air. Many times they are right over my head while I am feeding and caring for the donkeys and horses. We continue to pray they will land in our hay field soon. I video taped them on a large farm here in Sequim, WA. Enjoy!

Donkey Blanket

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How To Tie The Donkey Whisperer Farm Rope Halter

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Donkey Halter

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Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year 2020!
Happy new year 2020!

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

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

Miss Lily age 7

 Here are a few links for Western Washing toxic plants:

Deadly Plants Equine (donkey, mule and horses)

Western Washington Poisonous Plants

Horses Deadly Plants

Red Maple Tree Deadly to equine

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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Help My Donkey Has A Bald Spot

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Donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys’ fur and hooves do not like to stay wet.

Seems like spring is the time of the year our donkeys need the most help with the itchy fur and they are more prone to sores and need us, humans, to be checking them over each and every day.

Bald patches on donkeys are normal. Donkeys have longer hair than a horse. Donkeys are more susceptible to rain rot than a horse. Make sure your donkey has access to shelter as clumps of hair fall out and bald patches develop. Check for Lice. Oil-based products work much better than powders due to the donkey’s thick and long fur coat.
As soon as the weather is 70 degrees give a good bath with antiseptic soap and cream rinse. I never spray water in my donkeys or horses’ faces. I wash gently with the washcloth. Select Virbac Epi-Soothe Shampoo
If after doing all of the above your donkey still has lice and sores contact your vet. Ask for a full physical and blood tests for Cushings.  Sadly, the immune system is attacked when a donkey, horse, or mules has Cushings.

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

Melody

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Warning Leaving A Halter On A Horse, Donkey or Mule Can Cause Death Or Self-Mutilation

Howdy,

The photo above is of me and Miss Lily taken in the summer of 2009, truly one of my favorite photos a wonderful memory.

Did you know leaving the halter on is dangerous and can be deadly? My horse and donkeys are very athletic they can take their back hooves and itch their face.

Important considerations

*  The halter could get stuck on their hooves, fence or other objects.

* Strangulation can occur when they get the halter stuck on something and fight to get it off

* The halter can grow into the head of the equine (horse, donkey, mule) I have personally seen this and it is abuse

* Dirty itchy halter causes the equine to scratch and work to get it off it’s not natural (think  how you would want to be treated)

* Leaving a halter on your horse, donkey or mule will make it easier for people to steal your equine. I highly suggest using video surveillance on your farm and posting signs to avoid this. Our Video surveillance is backed off site a text is sent to our cell phone the minute anyone steps into our property, the perfect tool to be used in prosecution.

Please learn how to teach your equine (horse, donkey or mule) To Catch You!

When interacting with your equine try to make this a time to connect bring a couple of pieces of a carrot  to build a relationship of fair and safe leadership.  Equine work best in training programs that do not require the equine to stay in the prisoner role.  Yes, I said prisoner role, old school training techniques use fear to train equine and this is not a partnership.  Donkeys cannot be trained this way they require natural training with fair, balanced and an honest trainer.  Horses dream of being trained the way donkeys demand to be trained with dignity and respect.

The joy you will receive when changing your training methodology is enormous and your frustration will vanish.  People say “treats make my equine nip. I say No, use this as an opportunity to train” watch your timing let the equine turn their head away and then give them a reward takes just a few training sessions for them to learn how to politely accept a treat.  Creativity is the answer you can do it!

Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody bitless riding

Rio the mammoth donkey and Melody riding with our yacht rope halter.

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All of my equine come up to us every time we call them just like my dogs.  The key is setting the animal up for success if each time you have time to be with your equine you are doing things to them that are not enjoyable why would they want to come up?  Treat your equine the way you would want to be treated if you were living your life as an equine and watch the blessings start flowing freely.

The first step in training any animal is taming.  The animal must trust that you will NOT abuse them or hurt them so try to think of it from their point of view and remember awareness is the first step in change.

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

Melody

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