Donkeys are not horses with long ears. Donkeys evolved from the desert, meaning caring for a donkey can be more difficult than a horse or not. Depending on the part of the world you live in owning donkeys can be easy or difficult. Donkeys diet must be seriously low in sugar/protein. Clean water is a must. Shelter is a must too, and one more thing; make sure if you have more than one donkey you have a big enough shelter and enough of them. The leader or bully will kick all the other equine out. Donkeys will choose a safe shelter in time. Due to the donkeys thick fur staying wet can cause serious health issues.
Donkeys are like potato chips we humans can’t resist bringing home lots of donkeys. Donkeys live a healthier life physically and emotionally with their own species and it is easier to keep the weight off.
Donkeys require a hoof trim every six weeks in the spring and summer and seven weeks in the fall and winter. The hoof growth speeds up in warmer climates. If your donkey is walking and running on 100 acres of Arizona desert, the trim schedule may be longer.
Looking For Donkey Hay
Ask your hay vendor for laminitic hay for horses. This hay will be low in sugar and protein. Hay must be clean and not moldy. A slow feeder will help your donkey with boredom. Slow down the meal process and keep your donkey healthy. Do not feed your donkey free hay in a round bale as the donkey will eat all day and all night. Sadly, many people think this is safe for the donkey. The donkey will become obese and develop life threatening health issues. Donkeys need two meals a day.
Donkeys are picky. Donkeys must have clean water. Donkeys prefer clean warm water in the winter. Remember to give free salt. Donkeys need salt. The color of your water bucket may or may not be an issue. If your donkey refuses to drink from a bucket try another color or texture. Seriously! Donkeys evolved from the desert. Donkeys are seriously into self-preservation.
Make your dry paddock/pasture a full-time living arrangement. Let your donkeys out to graze and get exercise a few times a week in the morning. Before 10:00am the sugar content is lower. Help your donkey get exercise. Take your donkey for walks, train to pull a cart, donkey agility. Both you and your donkey can get fit together.
Donkeys Are Smart
If you would like to learn how to train your donkey take a look at Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand. Take Melody Johnson, Donkey Behaviorist to the farm with you. Learn how to lead your donkey. Forget trying to bribe your donkey or hurt your donkey. These techniques will never work long-term. Donkeys have unique heads. Take a look at the Donkey Whisperer Farm “DONKEY HALTER/LEAD LINES”. Each halter/lead line is made with quality soft yacht rope to stop mold and frail. Made to fit your donkey’s head not the horse. The Donkey Whisperer Farm Ships Internationally. Ask us for a quote to ship to your farm outside of the U.S.A. at INFO@DONKEYWHISPERER.COM enjoy your life! Enjoy your donkey!
Donkey Whisperer Farm E-LEARNING
Select Donkey Whisperer Farmto purchase on demand training, donkey tack, stick and string and healthcare. Artwork is coming!
Our Donkeys and horses love to meet people, it’s simply a blessing for all. The Donkey Whisperer Farm is a working farm as we grow and sell hay. 2019 we hope to plant our hay to feed to the donkeys and horses, alfalfa free and low in sugar and protein.
Last week a student of the Donkey Whisperer Farm came to visit the farm. She was taking notes to build her donkey farm. How do I control the diet? How do I keep their hooves dry while living in the damp Pacific Northwest. Keep the water warm, hose warm, fences on the Donkey Whisperer Farm, exterior and interior. We discussed how mini donkeys can escape so easily and well any size donkey. Excellent fences, gates and locks are must when caring for donkeys. Donkeys are visual learners. Less of a flight equine than the horse.
We discussed giving our donkeys a bath each and every summer. This is really important as donkeys have thick fur, the dirt and gunk gets into the skin. Donkey 101 and Donkey 102 E-VIDEO Training Seriesteaches the owner or caretaker how to train the donkey. Our new stick and string for the mini donkey and standard or Mammoth donkey is a training aide. Never stick your head in the kick zone until your donkey is trained to pick up the foot. I teach my students to teach the donkey to pick up the foot when the word foot is said to the donkey. Its that easy.
All animals know when people love animals or not. Donkeys are skilled in a matter of seconds with humans and predators two and four-legged. Can you see what our donkeys thought of our friend and visitor Jill?
If you are visiting the Pacific Northwest in 2019 let us know. We will do our best to give you a farm tour. We grow our own hay, summers can get a bit busy. A little planning makes everything run smoothly.
We are proud to announce our new Donkey Healthcare Video Series!
Here you will find educational videos addressing various health issues specific to donkeys. Each video in the series includes a detailed PDF. Once purchased, each participant will receive a Welcome E-mail within 24 hours of your purchase. The e-mail will include a link to the password protected Healthcare Video and a link to its adjoining PDF. You own lifetime access to your videos!
Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book to ensure your Welcome E-mail does not go to spam. Below is a list of videos currently available in our Healthcare Video Series:
Donkey Hoof Abscesses
“This is a life saver. A list I can print out and take to the farm store to purchase all the items necessary to treat the abscess.
And a video showing me how to make a donkey boot and how to make my own home-made poultice”.
Thank you for making this teaching video.
~Susan Samiee, Colorado April, 2017~
Here at Donkey Whisperer Farm we get more inquiries about hoof abscesses in donkeys than any other healthcare issue. Due to this common, but dreadful hoof ailment, we have decided to share our personal experience here at the farm with you through our new Donkey Healthcare Video ‘Donkey Hoof Abscesses’.
We have over 12 years experience treating mild to life threatening abscesses in donkeys with veterinarian guidance, as well as alone in the field. Over the years Donkey Whisperer Farm has developed a strict and successful protocol for preventing, treating and overcoming hoof abscesses.
It is vital that every donkey owner and caretaker understand that hoof abscesses in donkeys can be fatal and should not be considered a routine health problem. In the Donkey Whisperer Farm ‘Donkey Hoof Abscesses’ Video we outline causes, prevention, do’s and don’ts, home care, pain control and recovery from donkey hoof abscesses.
This is a must have donkey healthcare video for every donkey owner or caretaker! As we say at Donkey Whisperer Farm: it is not IF your donkey gets a hoof abscess, but WHEN your donkey gets a hoof abscess!
For more information watch our YouTube trailer below. To purchase the Donkey Hoof Abscesses Video see below.
Donkeys need their hooves to be trimmed just like a horse.
In the wild the donkey is walking up to 25 to 35 miles a day. On our farm the donkey is most likely not moving this much. A trimmer who is skilled in donkeys hooves is imperative to your domesticated donkeys health. It is best to keep your donkey(s) on a regular trimming schedule.
Never feed alfalfa, hay clippings or people foods, breads, cookies etc.,
Never leave your desert equine the donkey on grass or brush, trees all day. They will get sick and have health problems.
Fecal samples to test for parasites. No parasites no need to worm. Over worming has caused resistant free parasites in our donkey, mule and horse world. This is expensive to fix. Just like taking too many antibiotics in the human world over worming destroys the immune system and causes resistant free parasites.
A vet check for dental and health at least once a year.
Trimmer on a regular basis six weeks in the spring and summer and 7 in the fall and winter living in the Pacific Northwest.
GOD Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged!
Please never feed a horse, donkey or mule without asking the owner for permission. Allergies, health specific diet are real. You can cause laminitis, cushings, abscesses and obesity. Obesity can cause death in equine living in domestication.
What is Laminitis?
Radiograph of a horse hoof showing rotation of the coffin bone and evidence of sinking, a condition often associated with laminitis. The annotation P2 stands for the middle phalanx, or pastern bone, and P3 denotes the distal phalanx, or coffin bone. The yellow lines mark the distance between the top and bottom part of the coffin bone relative to the hoof wall, showing the distal (bottom) of the coffin bone is rotated away from the hoof wall.
Laminitis is a disease that affects the feet of ungulates, and is found mostly in horses and cattle. Clinical signs include foot tenderness progressing to inability to walk, increased digital pulses, and increased temperature in the hooves. Severe cases with outwardly visible clinical signs are known by the colloquial term founder, and progression of the disease may lead to perforation of the coffin bone through the sole of the hoof or being unable to stand up requiring euthanasia.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Seems life is all about waiting, praying, planning and then one day the door opens. Most of the time when we are waiting for a dream to appear we wait years. During this waiting period many things have changed in our personal life, our health, families, and emotions. Visualization is imperative to keeping the dream alive during the waiting period. We simply must keep the dream alive and trust GOD will open the door at the exact moment we are are ready. TRUST IS ESSENTIAL WHEN WAITING ON GOD. God wants us to have faith in him for each and every little thing we desire and need in this world. God knows what we can and cannot do.
1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
“Our minds, (BRAIN) emotions and body is most likely exhausted and yet this is when GOD opens the door to our Dream”
Why?This is exactly where GOD wants us to be. God wants us to need him in our life every moment, day, week and year. God in Jesus Christ name has planted the seed of our dream in our brain and emotions. God created us to be courageous, we are his children, everything we do is for Gods Kingdom and glory. This is called life. God has made us to shine our light bright to help the world. God uses this opportunity to help all of his children. Our stress makes us work harder to reach out and help others. Stress is a good thing in your life.
Helping others is why GOD created us. Each of us has a unique ability and gift. Our world needs all of us to pay it forward and care. Stress will push you forward to do your best. Stress will give you courage to step out and ask for help and help others. Stress gives us direct access to our emotions, heart and mind. Stress gives us empathy and courage we may not have without it.
The door opens and we must pray, wait and trust GOD to give us the funding, resources, people, skills, favor and and patience to not fail.
Stress Can Help You Grow! The key is to not stay stressed. Learn how to relax and enjoy each and every detail of your life. You will never get today back again.
GOD has prepared you for your dream
Never give up!
God bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Donkey’s don’t display pain or illness like horses or mules!
Donkeys are stoic and enduring. Know the signs of your donkey being in pain or ill. CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN.
1. Standing off alone away from his/her companions or herd.
2. Lying down more than normal.
3. Standing out in very cold weather refusing to come in.
4. Off food or water
5. Walking tenderly as if on hot coals.
6. Limping in any way.
7. Listless or withdrawn.
8. Shaking or shivering
Donkey’s don’t roll or thrash like horses when in pain or when they are suffering from colic. Donkey’s don’t tend to complain, they withdraw. Donkey’s hunker down and ride it out, sometimes to their peril. Please know the signs and save a donkey.
Do you ever find yourself thinking about donkeys? We have had donkeys in our life for fifteen years now and well it’s hard to remember life without a horse and a couple of donkeys, they are indeed part of our family. Why Donkeys? Perhaps GOD understood before I did the importance of donkeys in our life as our donkeys are part of our family now. I have always been a human that likes to learn, digs for information, steps out of the box to try new things and I am naturally creative. Thank you, Jesus! The human brain is indeed one of the most important organs GOD gave us.
We are proud to make and sell the best quality and fit donkey rope halters. Each donkey halter is made in the U.S.A. Donkey soft yacht rope halter, lead lines with a brass snap, leather end. Check us out at our store Select Our Store.
Our Mini and Standard size rope halter will fit from age 4 months to full-grown.
You will order the halter and let us know you want to measure the head. We will build you a perfect fitting donkey halter made to last a lifetime.
Please send questions to our e-mail at email@example.com we are happy to help you.
PLEASE NEVER LEAVE ANY HALTER ON YOUR DONKEY, HORSE OR MULE WHILE NOT IN ATTENDANCE TO AVOID SELF-MUTILATION OR DEATH.
Why are donkeys so special? Donkeys have a cross on their back, this is special.
Well, they are usually not always but usually more relaxed than the horse and well kinda like a black lab they just want to be loved on, they want to eat, they want to snuggle with their human. The donkey loves to play tug with their four-legged donkey buddy. Donkeys love to jump up and grab the neck of their donkey buddy. Donkeys are donkeys!
Donkeys never forget anything they must be treated with a fair and respectful plan. Never abuse your donkey. Rehabilitation of an abused donkey can takes many, many years and some of these donkeys can become violent towards people they associate with the past abuse. I.e., a smell, man or woman (former abuser), truck, sounds, cigarette. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is real in animals just like people. Donkeys can see in color.
What Do Donkeys Need To Stay Healthy?
1. Clean water fresh water, diet, low sugar and low protein hay Never feed donkeys alfalfa hay ever. Hay must be tested to come in no higher than 10% Sugar to keep the exotic desert equine healthy. Exercise is key.
2. Taming – Donkeys need their hooves picked out daily and their feet trimmed at least every 7 weeks
3. Donkeys need the vet to come and see them at least once a year
4. Donkeys need their teeth checked at least once a year
5. Donkeys need us, humans, to check for sores, lice, or a limp – Watch your donkey learn how they move so you can catch problems quickly
6. Donkeys need clean fresh water every day and in the winter warm water, Donkeys need to lose salt in a dry place. A salt lick will do but will not be as effective to prevent colic.
7. Donkeys need their human to be on time with meals – My donkeys hardly ever bray as they can depend on us to bring their meals, they do not need to remind us ever
8. It is a myth to believe all donkeys bray all day long they don’t bray unless they are calling out to a donkey or they are upset about meals or something else like a predator coming into their pasture. Jacks bray more. Very few jacks (stallion horse world) are worthy of reproduction. Owning a Jack is not for the beginner donkey owner or even the novice. Owning a Jack takes having people to help you manage your farm correctly it is not for the beginner.
9. Donkeys do not enjoy a bath, donkeys seem to not enjoy the water even on the warmest weather. Our donkeys get one bath a year and I hand wash their face just like my horse,never spray a donkey with a hose in the face
10. Donkeys ears can be broken and not stand up so be careful when touching them
11. Donkeys can grow lot’s of thick donkey fur for the winter
Rio our Mammoth donkey age 9 months with my hubby Scott.
12. Donkeys are looking for a great human leader who will take the time it takes, donkeys are visual learners
13. Donkeys can hear things way sooner than the horse
14. Pick up the poop every day and compost. Do not drag across your pasture until the poop has composted and killed parasites for at least one year.
15. Last but final tip about donkeys; never ever drill a donkey, less is more and remember Donkeys never forget anything – Be careful what and how you train your donkey 🙂 SELECT E-TRAINING DONKEY 101 VIDEO ON DEMAND.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Rio our MAMMOTH DONKEY stands 16’2 hands tall with Melody.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner
Donkey Whisperer Farm ®
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We have been working really hard to finish our home. Mr. Rocket Man age 24 one of our mini donkeys refused to eat his vitamin until he had his love. Donkeys are not stubborn. Donkeys are smart. Donkeys are emotional and analytical at the same time.