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This is wrong! Some donkeys make great livestock guardians. Donkeys will guard the animals they are bonded to if they are big enough. A miniature donkey is too small to guard anything. Domesticated dogs can kill a miniature donkey. Donkeys bond to their own species. If a donkey is simply placed with a flock of sheep that it does not know, the donkey may grab the neck of the sheep and kill it. Donkeys will kill baby sheep and goats so best to keep the babies away from donkeys. Donkeys grab the neck of another donkey in play and in battle. Please get livestock guarding dogs to guard and protect the livestock. Remember livestock guarding dogs need to be trained to protect livestock. Donkeys need a serious diet as donkeys evolved from the desert. Hay and all forage must be tested to come in at 10% or lower in sugar and protein. Sadly farmers re-sell or give away a donkey who has not performed the job as livestock guarding to their satisfaction.
Donkeys are good for calming a herd of horses orcalves.
Donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys need a serious diet and cannot eat all day and night on pasture or brush. Most livestock is fed an extremely rich diet full of grains and lush pasture. Donkeys who are fed rich food or overfed grass or brush will get insulin resistance, fat deposits on the body, and the neck will break over or be crusty. Hoof abscesses are common with a rich diet, the liver fails and soon the donkey dies a painfully slow death. Donkeys are stoic and will never show pain until it is too late.
Donkeys Are Intelligent, Not Stubborn
Donkeys are not flight animals like horses, so you cannot as easily scare or force a donkey to do a task. An old school round penning will never work on a donkey. Donkeys need to see a reason for everything they do. Donkeys evolved from the desert, a donkey needs time to think. I call this ON DONKEY TIME ®. The donkey will never do anything that can hurt the donkey. Self-preservation is number 1 to a donkey. The horse will jump off the grand canyon when scared, do you see the difference? A donkeys’ gift is not sped it is a brain that can problem-solve to stay alive.
Donkeys are incredibly strong.
Donkeys have a reputation for being strong pack animals and while this is true, they are not stronger than another animal of the same size. Donkeys can only hold up to 20% of their weight. Donkeys must be full-grown and conditioned to do heavy work.
When Is A Donkey Full-Grown?
Miniature Donkeys age three
Standard or Burro age four
Mammoth Donkeys six to seven
If you would like to learn how to train your donkey go to the Donkey Whisperer Farm ® education center. Melody Johnson trains the owner or caretaker worldwide via Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand, use your smartphone to take Melody to the farm with you.
Seems the park would want people to come and visit the park. The donkeys are part of the excitement of the visit. The decision was made to protect plants in lieu of the wild burros. Truly a sad day for the United States Of America.
Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower ’48 consisting of 5,270 mi² s of barren, beautiful desert. It holds the world record for the hottest place on earth topping out at 134 F in 2013. Burros (donkeys) were introduced to the park by gold miners in the 1800’s. Some escaped and […]
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.
Donkeys come in three sizes Miniature, Standard/Burro and Mammoth. Donkeys challenge us humans to learn how to train and feed 100% different from the majestic horse. Owning two donkeys is a gift from God. Donkeys are healthier emotionally, physically and mentally living and working with another donkey.
“Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm.
We have finished three tracks paddock paradise for our horses and donkeys. The tracks help our donkeys and horses keep walking and exercising. Test your hay before purchasing for the desert equine the donkey. If your donkey is getting fat pockets, fat neck or a big tummy. You must learn how to keep your donkey healthy.
The Donkey Whisperer Farm is working on a new video “Bringing Home The Donkey”.
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The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC sells quality DONKEY not horse soft yacht rope halters with matching lead lines.
Miniature donkey adjustable soft yacht rope halter is made by hand in the U.S.A. Each halter comes with a matching six-foot lead line, brass screw-on snap, black leather end stamped Donkey Whisperer Farm ®. No metal, even to finish the halter as the ends are melted. Built to last will hold its value longer than other halters and leads.
Burro or Standard adjustable soft yacht rope halter comes with a matching nine-foot lead line, brass screw-on snap, black leather end stamped Donkey Whisperer Farm ®. No metal, even to finish as the halter ends are melted. Built to last will hold its value longer than other halters and leads.
Custom Build A Halter Lead Line for any size donkey, mule or horse, we will teach you how to measure the head and build your custom fit halter/lead line in 7 to 10 working days. We ship worldwide.
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Introducing Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course!
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 training donkeys, not horses or mules! Our rope halters are made in the USA with high quality yacht rope and have a lifetime warranty. Visit our Online Store to purchase your rope halter and the Donkey 101 Online Training Video Course.
Please never leave any halter on your donkey, horse or mule while not in 100% attendance to avoid death or self-mutilation.
Once purchased, each participant will receive a Welcome E-mail which includes a link to the Donkey 101 PDF and a link to the password protected Donkey 101 Online Training Video Series.
We are excited to announce our new video on demand training is available for you any day now. Our media team is working really hard to provide this service to you. Our training is set up for you to take the Donkey Trainer to the Farm with you.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Take the Trainer to the Barn with You! Donkey Whisperer Farm is launching “Donkey 101” online training video series in November! Topics will include:
Introduction Setting up Your Training Area Training Tools Being on Donkey Time Building Trust Timing Respecting Your Space Teaching Your Donkey to Catch 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” Practicing Walk-On, Whoa and Back Up Taking your Donkey for a Walk Going in and out of Gates Donkey are not Stubborn!
We look forward to training you to train your donkey!
Here are a few photos I captured of Rio our Mammoth donkey sleeping with Miss Lily (quarter horse), Rocket Man our mini donkey is standing guard looking for predators. “These two had their heads completely flat on the ground, I tried to get the photo to share but donkeys well they have the best hearing and Rio he saw me first.”What a wonderful gift GOD gave us humans to enjoy and share.
Did you know horses, donkeys and mules need REM sleep?
Yes indeed they do and they can’t lay their head down and get this deep REM sleepif they are living all alone without a herd mate. Another reason to always have a buddy for your equine. I hope you enjoy these precious photos of our beloved equine.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!