Fireworks Your Animals Need You To Have A Plan

Fireworks and Pets Not A Good Combination:

Plan ahead to keep pets safe; owning pets is a huge responsibility and for those of us who have equine (donkeys, horses, and mules) living in rural areas, we must be extra careful. The equine is a flight or fight animal when terrified of death. Meaning; they can get scared when the fireworks start, and the smell is in the air.  Some horses have been known to run into fences.  Locking them in their stalls is the safest when neighbors are shooting off fireworks I turn the radio up and give lots of hay and fresh water. Donkeys have died from fear, yes fear. Colic is a life-threatening matter. Donkeys are stoic will not show pain until it is too late. Do your best to stay calm and keep your donkeys, mules, and horses locked up safe in their stall until the fireworks are over. Long-distance fireworks are not that big of a deal, fireworks right over the farm or barn can kill your equine.

Want to read more tips on pet safety and fireworks?  Select Blue Cross Pets Fireworks for more details.

Dogs and cats can get so scared of fireworks they can run off and not be able to find their way home best to keep them locked in the house too. Our doggies get very stressed, turning the radio up helps, some people tranquillize their dogs until the fireworks are over.  I say do whatever you have to do to keep your pets safe as they don’t understand fireworks.  Please remember animals do not understand fireworks “they are truly scared and think they will die.” It’s our job as the smart human to protect them and take care of them.

What do you do to keep your pet(s) safe during the fireworks?  Please leave a comment to help others.

Fireworks and Pets, Have A Plan

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

 

Hay For Sale Sequim

The Donkey Whisperer Farm ® grows and sells premium weed-free orchard hay. Each bale is two strands at 65 pounds to 70pounds, $8.00 per bale.

 

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 ®

Build A Halter

Build A Donkey, Horse, Mule, or Pony Halter With Matching Lead Line, Brass Screw-On Snap, Black Leather End. Colors; black, forest green, coral pink, neon orange, neon green, blue, purple, red, turquoise, burgundy, brown, white, gray, and black with blue dots. Choose two or four knots on the nose. 

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Baby Horse (Foal) Tied To A Donkey

Donkeys have been the beast of a burden far too long.  “Please when you see any form of neglect or abuse of donkeys speak up. Please become the voice for the donkey. Never fight with people educate and do what you can to help the donkey. Please never ever tie a donkey to another animal to train.”  Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm ®.

Donkeys deserve only the best in life! 

Melody, Good morning!

We are looking into purchasing a necking donkey for our ranch. 

We breed, raise and show horses but, are getting to the age where we need help with those young foals that get weaned from mothers and need to learn to lead away from mother, respect, etc. and would like to develop a more gentle approach to getting results, not to mention our bodies are getting where handling the young is tough and we pay for it many days after.  Do you know of anyone who specializes in training donkeys for that purpose?  Tanya

Tanya, I do not sell donkeys. I do not agree with using a donkey to train a young horse. I personally would never do this to any donkey or the foal. Since you more than likely will do this to a donkey here is my advice;  Use a surcingle on the donkey, not a halter on the head or a rope around the neck. I would never ever leave the donkey connected to a foal for longer than 1/2 an hour. I would never ever leave these two unattended.

Donkeys are not stubborn donkeys are intelligent. Depending on the donkey you get this may or may not work. Donkeys grab the neck of another donkey or another animal in play and in battle. Extroverted donkeys will not always stand still and freeze when scared they will fight back. Introverted donkeys will lay down and not get up when terrified or stressed. Sadly, one person says this works and everyone jumps on thinking it is less work for the breeder of horses.

Donkeys need their diet to be tested forage hay 10% or lower in sugar and protein. Donkeys need the farrier on a regular schedule, shots, and teeth just like a horse.

Select   Western Horsemanship Magazine to read one of the articles floating around the internet.

Donkey 101 & 102 Video On Demand

“Horses dream of being trained the way a donkey demands to be trained” Melody Johnson
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!
Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

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!

 

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 ®

Steam Hay For A Healthier Horse, Mule and Donkey

Did you know?

  • Even the best quality hay can be full of dirt, dust, mold, and bacteria.
  • Read all about Hay Steamers here.

The Donkey Whisperer Farm ® has two equine suffering from allergies. Our palomino horse Miss Lily and Rio our Mammoth donkey. Allergies are very real for humans and animals. For our equine, this can cause breathing issues and running eyes, itching so bad the face bleeds on the nose and around the eyes, coughing, and hives. Remember to always ask your vet for support with allergies. Our Mammoth donkey takes the dog pill Apquel and this helps 100% of his allergies, we give this to him at night as it makes him drowsy.

The sad part is a hay steamer is expensive. Perhaps one-day hay steamers will be a bit more reasonably priced for all equine to enjoy the benefits.

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Growing Low Sugar Protein Hay

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Build A Halter For Any Donkey, Horse, Mule or Zonk

https://donkeywhisperer.com/product/build-a-halter-lead-line/

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Plowing The Hay Field

We purchased our farm (raw land) in 2013 for our small business the Donkey Whisperer Farm ®.  Yesterday we hit a milestone “Plowing The Hay Field” the first step to growing premium low sugar/protein hay for our donkeys and horses. We will never have weeds or alfalfa in this hay ever again.  In the spring of 2020 we will plant orchard seeds.  God willing we will have some beautiful healthy hay for our donkeys and horses. 

The next time you buy a bale or more of hay I hope you take a moment to thank the farmer that worked really hard to provide you with your hay. Growing and harvesting hay is really hard work and expensive. No wonder hay cost so much in the Pacific Northwest. Premium hay will always cost more as it takes so much more time and effort to produce.

Hay or straw cannot be looked at and guessed to determine sugar or protein we must test it. The color means nothing, the fact it is straw means nothing.  Send hay samples to Equine Analytical. 

Donkeys evolved from the desert making them seriously easy keepers. Donkeys cannot eat high sugar/protein hay or straw without getting obese, sick and finally dying. Our hay will test in at 10% or lower in sugar/protein, thank you Jesus.

A few photos of my husband Scott working really hard for three days to get this field plowed. Seems the field has not been plowed in at least thirty years or longer. 

We look forward to sharing our beautiful hay in the spring and summer of 2020. 

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

Melody & Scott Johnson

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Trophy Is In Training For The Saddle

We have hired Steffan Sherman to start Miss Trophy in the saddle from Sherman Farms, Sequim, WA. Steffan and his wife Gabrielle are amazing with the horses and humans. I am physically disabled. I am not able to take the risk of starting this rescue mare under saddle. 

Steffan and Gabrielle are like minded as they have a herd of horses living on their ranch in Sequim, WA. The lead horse, mule or donkey can help a horse who is learning to have social skills with humans. My horse Miss Lily is a lead mare, my lead mare lives full-time with Miss Trophy. Trophy is emotionally, physically and mentally ready to learn how to carry her rider. 

Working with a rescue or traumatized horse, donkey or mule
What is the most important factor? You! The owner or human who cares for the equine. Rehabilitation takes time. All humans and animals can come back to life if given the time and the opportunity to learn to trust again. Most importantly we must make sure no one ever betrays the equine again ever. Animals like people can have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) a trigger will regress the animal or human quickly. The great news is we can help return the mind to normal faster and faster if we learn how to release the pressure quickly. Never drill. Stay On Donkey Time ®. 

“Horses Dream Of Being Trained The Way A Donkey Demands To Be Trained” Melody Johnson. 


Trophy came to me biting, kicking, striking, weaving her head around all of the time, head high and urinating. Today she is confident and calm 99% of the time. Thank you Jesus. We have been testing her, and re-testing her, every time she is ready and eager to learn the next new thing. 

Walking Our Horses On The Trail Prepares For Trail Riding

We expect to start saddling and riding Miss Trophy soon. Steffan Sherman will ride her on the trail with just a halter and saddle. No buck, no fight, no stress.  Soon I will ride Miss Trophy on the trail. Weather is a huge factor as we move into the rainy season of the Pacific Northwest. Stay On Donkey Time ®.

Equine Disease Alerts

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Preventing Sunburns In Donkeys, Horses and Mules

Donkeys, horses and mules with pink skin are at risk for sunburns and skin cancer.

Resources:

Select Skin Cancer

Select Preventing Sunburns.

Select Treatment For Skin Cancer

One Day The Wild Horses and Burros Will Be Extinct

Select Take Action To Stop The Wild Horse and Burro Roundups

Death With Dignity For Our Donkey, Horse or Mule

Living the farm life is a blessing as farms are expensive to maintain, our world has become very expensive. The life of a farmer is amazingly difficult as each day something new is left at our feet. A farmer must pray, plan and let go. Nothing is more difficult than working for a year and having the weather destroy crops or livestock.

 

I teach the owner or caretaker worldwide how to care for the donkey and train and maintain the donkey. Everything we do or do not do will affect the health of our livestock emotionally, physically and mentally. Here on the Donkey Whisperer Farm ® we work closely with our veterinarian and farrier to ensure our donkeys and horses are living in optimum health.

Our Life is in God’s hands, each day is fragile and precious for humans and animals. 

Resources: Options To Bury The Body Of Our Beloved Horse, Donkey or Mule

Resources: Sending The Equine To Heaven

Have A Plan:

When a donkey, horse or mule dies it is very important to let the rest of the herd smell and see the equine has passed. If we do not provide closure the animals will live in emotional distress crying and looking for their pasture buddy. Even when one of our dogs pass we let the other dogs say goodbye. Its only fair.

 

God Bless You And Your Family Two And Four-Legged

Donkey Whisperer Farm

Melody & Scott Johnson

Fireworks and Pets, Have A Plan

Select FIREWORKS AND PETS

Select Equine And Fireworks

Select Horses Fireworks Colic Death

Select Horse Dies Colic Fireworks

Select Donkey Dies 

Select 68 Horses Fireworks

Select Asking For A Restraint Of Fireworks Around Equine Farms

 

 

 

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

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You See Animal Abuse We See Human Abuse

Our world has changed dramatically in how we care and treat animals. We now have business catering to all aspects of pet care, food and behavior training for humans.  First we must train the human, next the human trains the animal. 

Humans who abuse animals are not merely signs of a minor personality flaw, but are rather symptomatic of a deep mental disturbance. Cruelty to animals has been recognized as an indicator of a dangerous psychopathy that claims both animal and human victims.

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

The Link: Cruelty to Animals and Violence Towards People
Select Animal Legal Historical Center

Donkeys are called donkey, burro or ass short for Equus africanus asinus. The donkey is a domesticated member of the horse family, Equidae. Scientific nameEquidae The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus.  Asses were first domesticated around 3000 BC, probably in Egypt or Mesopotamia, and have spread around the world.

Donkeys Come In Three Sizes ALL ABOUT DONKEYS

Miniature – man-made bred to be Small

Standard or burro

Mammoth – man-made bred to be Large

 

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

Donkey Whisperer Farm

www.donkeywhisperer.com

De-Worming Donkeys, Horses and Mules

Spring is here! Ask your vet to check the poop and stop parasites quickly.

Got Flys?