While recovering from a life threatening car accident in 2010 I started teaching for free via Skype how to tame and train a donkey. I started my blog Donkey Whisperer Farm ® in 2010 and the business in 2013, testimoinals. Martin and Geoff Lyon living in France were one of my first virtual students to teach for free. Galopin needed to be gelded, I shared how Rio our mammoth donkey almost bled to death from the vet not tying the testicles off he was rushed to a trauma hospital and they saved his life. I shared how important it is the vet has experience in drugs and donkeys, weight etc.
Galopin did not wake up after being sedated. The cause of death is guessed to be too much drugs for his weight or a severe drug interaction as donkeys digest drugs differently than horses. The only way we the owners can know for sure the cause of death is by paying for a necropsy. Galopin touched my heart deeply I am very sad to report he died during the gelding process a few weeks ago. I have not been able to write about this as well my emotions were bouncing all over the place. I have spent many hours in prayer for the owners of Galopin as they loved him so very much, they did everything they could do to give this beautiful young donkey a great life. Death comes to all of us and only GOD knows the date and time. GOD must have decided he needed one more standard donkey in heaven as Galopin died from the gelding process. Please pray for Galopins human family, pray for peace and joy to come back into their home.
Warning for gelding donkeys:
Donkeys can have reactions to medications, donkeys can bleed to death after being gelded if the vet does not tie off the the testicles. Donkeys are not horses with long ears. Sadly, when veterinarians attend school they are seldom taught about donkeys.
When I am pressed on every side by troubles, I am not crushed and broken. When I am perplexed because I don’t know why things happen as they do I don’t give up and quit. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:8 (TLB)
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner