Welcome Beautiful Fall

September in the Pacific Northwest is truly a beautiful time of the year. Hubby Scott has taken care of all of our hay equipment and placed each piece of machinery in its correct place for the fall and winter.

Blankets are ready for another winter, hopefully we will not need to use them.

My garden is winding down and getting ready for a much needed winter rest.

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Saying Goodbye To Rio

MAA Rio Grande was his registered Mammoth donkey name.

God has brought another donkey home to heaven. Rio was the ambassador for the Mammoth donkey as he was truly a gentle giant. Standing at 16’2 hands tall he was a magnificent donkey. Rio helped train the owner and caretakers of donkeys worldwide in our E-training videos and E-book.

  Rio was an introverted donkey personality, he never let out a complete bray ever.  Rio suffered from an immune disorder that helped to create a fungus deep inside his hooves. Sadly after two years of working with our veterinarian and farrier, we lost the battle to save his life. Rio came into our life as a baby mammoth donkey he was nine months old. We euthanized and buried Rio on a warm summer evening the summer of 2021 facing the Olympic mountains and our hayfield as this was truly one of his favorite places on our farm. 

When donkeys pass to heaven it’s important to remember a few things for the surviving donkey’s health and wellbeing.

  1. Make sure each donkey gets the opportunity to walk up to the the deceased donkey. Closure for donkeys is very important as donkeys can enter depression and anxiety wondering what happened to their buddy.
  2. Watch for depression, is your donkey eating, pooping and drinking? Sadly, donkeys can collic and die from a broken heart and the stress of the death of their buddy.
  3. Please get another donkey for your donkey if your donkey is now living alone. Donkeys are physically, mentally and emotionally healthier when getting to live with their own species.

Resources:

What your vet wants you to know about euthanizing your equine

We will miss Rio each and every day forever until we meet again in heaven sweet boy.

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Feeding The Geriatric Donkey

Donkeys are truly emotional beings they truly love their families deeply two and four-legged.

As donkeys become senior citizens their teeth and gums start having some serious issues. The tooth starts turning round not pointy, gums start getting inflamed and the tooth starts pushing out. When the tooth starts wiggling and coming out it does not fall out on its own. The vet needs to extract the tooth and all the roots.

What happens if we do not make mash and keep feeding dry hay? The donkey can choke on the hay, colic and die. As you can see it is vital we have yearly veterinarian do the teeth and provide fecal samples, shots and health checks. Provide our donkeys with a hay pellet mash and feed twice a day. Donkeys can live up to fifty years in domestication. It is vital we learn how to care for our senior donkeys to have the best life possible.

Make sure and choose hay pellets low in sugar, fat and protein. After researching extensively I am using Standlee Orchard Hay Pellets as they are below 10% in sugar and protein and low in fat. Make sure to soak the hay pellets for at least ten minutes before feeding.

Thank you for investing in your donkeys!

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Help I Am Afraid Of My Donkey

Melody,  I have two BLM donkeys that live on five acres and have not been handled. These donkeys are seriously strong and can kick and spin. I get their feet done once a year as it is stressful. Please understand these donkeys do not like to put the halter on and I think were hurt or abused by people. The last time I had their feet done I had the vet sedate them and well now my farrier says he is afraid of them. Even with drugs, they were a bit dangerous. Here is my question, does your training work on donkeys like this? I need to get their feet done more often and no drugs. How long will it take to train these donkeys to pick up the foot and come to me when I call them? Will you train these donkeys for me? Jennifer, Gig Harbor, WA.

 Hi Jennifer, Donkeys are intelligent they train humans quickly to do exactly what the donkey wants to do and nothing more. This is why I do what I do, train humans to learn how to tame and train donkeys and stay safe. If I tame and train your donkeys they will follow me as a fair leader and go home to you and act the same way they did before they came to me. The person who cares for the donkeys and feeds the donkeys needs to learn how to tame and train, be a fair leader.  You can do this!

An adult burro-size donkey is seriously strong and agile. Donkeys who have peripheral vision can see behind them without turning their heads. Donkeys can kick with accuracy and strength. Your safety is number 1.

Please remember after taking Donkey 101 & 102 if you need personal coaching and consulting I am here to support you. Order donkey training and donkey halters, lead lines, and more in our store.

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

I Will Always Love You

Follow the Donkey Whisperer Farm ® On Instagram. 🙂 Please turn the volume up to hear the reels soundtrack. I will always love you, Dolly Parton.

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 ®

Donkey Scratch

Introducing Rocket Man, a miniature donkey gelding, he just turned twenty-six years old. Rocket Man has been in our life since he was thirteen years old. When Rio our Mammoth donkey was weaned from his mom, Rio bonded to Rocket Man. Rocket Man was a jack on the breeding farm in his early years.

Rocket Man has the ability to sing when talking and he can bray. He is the only donkey on our farm that sings and he can find anything to get that special spot for a scratch. He is a super special donkey. Did you know some donkeys never bray? Yes, the introverted donkey does not bray. Rio our Mammoth donkey has never ever let out a full-bray and he is fourteen years old. If you would like to learn more about donkey behavior and donkey training please take a look at Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand. Sold with lifetime access.  Select Donkey Whisperer Farm ® Store to browse now.

Remember to stay On Donkey Time ® when interacting with your donkey. Life is better with donkeys!

Merry Christmas!

It’s almost Christmas on the Donkey Whisperer Farm ®. Life is really great, all the donkeys, horses and doggies are doing great.  God bless you and your family two and four-legged!

 

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 ®

Walk Two Or Three Donkeys Using One Lead Line

link line donkey
SS scissors snap

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Donkey Halter Made To Fit The Donkey Not The Horse

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Walk Two Or Three Donkeys Using One Lead Line

“Walk two donkeys using one lead line, LINK LINE”

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

How To Halter The Naughty Donkey

Purchase Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand from our store. https://donkeywhisperer.com

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Brush Donkeys, Never Body Clip

Donkeys evolved from the desert. The donkey’s fur protects donkeys from insects making the donkey bleed, sunburn and regulates body temperature. The only time we should clip a donkey’s fur is if the veterinarian ordered it due to a serious health issue. Living in the Pacific Northwest our donkeys are shed out by the end of July and they start growing their beautiful fur coats by the end of August in preparation for our winters.

Prepare Your Farm For Summer & Winter

  • Provide Shelter, make sure you have enough shelter for all of your donkeys, horses, and mules.
  • Fans placed up high so the donkey cant bite the electrical cord is very helpful for removing insects and cooling the donkey down.
  • Provide fresh clean cool water in the hot seasons and warm clean water in the winter.
  • Test all hay to ensure your desert equine the donkey is getting 10% or lower in sugar and protein. Overfeeding is the number one cause of death and abuse in donkeys living in the U.S.A.

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Salt For Donkeys, Mules, and Horses

Read Salt for Donkeys

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Donkeys Can Sing

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 ®

Barn Sweet Barn

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 ®

Donkey Whisperer Farm ® Blog

Welcome donkey lovers, my name is Melody Johnson, I love donkeys. I began my business in 2013 after getting frustrated with the lack of tack and training available for donkeys. I am the voice for the donkey. I train the owner or caretaker worldwide how to tame and train the donkey using resistance-free exercises, never pain. I do not teach clicker training (R). I teach you how to use words, voice, facial expressions, timing and quality exercises that are powerful for you and your donkey to build a fantastic relationship. Donkeys are smart, not stubborn. Donkeys have a photographic memory. Donkeys bond for life to the animal or human they trust. Donkeys are gifts from God.  All of my training series (video on demand) is sold with lifetime access and can be accessed using any smart device, take me to the farm with you.  

Donkey Whisperer Farm ® E-Training Courses Order in our store Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

  1. Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand, print out my E-book located in the first video of all of my training series.
  2. Donkey hoof abscess video on demand. Print out my shopping list located in the first video.
  3. Donkey Trailer Loading video on demand. Print out my E-book located in the first video to speed up your learning time. I am training you to learn how to become a fair leader each time you step into your donkeys space.

Everything in my store is made with premium materials by hand in the U.S.A. All of my tack is made with soft yacht rope, each halter has a label with the size of halter and the perfect length lead line, a brass screw-on snap, and a black leather end-stamped Donkey Whisperer Farm ®. Miniature halters have a 6ft lead line, burro/standard a 9ft lead line. Mammoth donkeys, mules, horses come with a 12ft lead line. If you wish to customize your order simply ask I am happy to serve you.

Training a donkey is a bit different from a horse as donkeys are deep thinkers. Donkeys naturally push into pressure using our soft yacht rope halter with strategically placed fiador knots is a game-changer. Once you use our soft yacht rope halter and lead line you will never go back to the flat halter.

How can I clean my tack? Wash in a bucket of warm soapy water and dry. Donkey Whisperer Farm ® soft yacht rope is mildew, frail, dirt, rot, and UV resistant. This means that your tack will stay in its original form longer, without breaking, fading saving you money.

 

Thank you for investing in your donkey, 

Melody Johnson, Trainer, and Owner
E-mail melody@donkeywhisperer.com
Donkeywhisperer.com

“Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained” Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm ®