What To Do When Your Donkey Has A Hoof Abscess

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 fifteen years of 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 all has been taught to us from our veterinarians.

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! The Donkey Whisperer Farm ® teaches you the owner or caretaker how to treat the abscess without cutting a hole out of the foot. If after four days the abscess has not drained out it is time to call the vet. We are not vets. The hoof takes 1 year to grow out. Order Donkey Hoof Abscess.

Farm living is a blessing, a personal choice, and its hard work. Very few vacations, time to travel as the farm is a full-time job.  Owning any form of equine (donkey, mule, or horse) is not cheap. The cost for hay, vet, the trimmer is all rising each and every day. We must understand the vet is the team leader for the health of our equine. The trimmer follows the vet’s instructions.

The owner is 100% responsible for each and every step that is being taken to keep the farm healthy.

Anytime I can share information that can get the donkey, mule or horse out of pain and suffering fast I promise to do it. 

We have six donkeys and two horses living on the Donkey Whisperer Farm ®, out of the six donkeys only one donkey has never had a hoof abscess in the last thirteen years. I teach worldwide the owner of a donkey or mule how to train and care for the equine. E-training is always the best way to learn. Preparation is the key to solving any crisis and keeping our money. Select Donkey 101 E-TRAINING Video On Demand

If we can be prepared in training the donkey, mule or horse to pick up the feet without a fight. Trust us as a leader it is easy to soak the foot and create the hoof boot. First, we have to learn how to train and stay in the leadership position the entire time we are with our equine.

Select Donkey 102 Video On Demand is problem-solving. 

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Do Not Feed The Animals

Passing by a farm is truly a treat for city folks, as it can bring back some really special memories. Please look and enjoy the equine or any farm animal but never feed the equine or stick your fingers through the fence.

As tempting as this may be for you please stop and think about the health of the equine (horse, donkey, mule, pony) as most domesticated equines are on serious diets. Before you throw the apples, pears, bread, grass clippings over the fence at the equine stop and think. Will my food make the animal sick or kill this animal? Most domesticated equines are on a strict diet to avoid colic, laminitis, insulin resistance, hoof abscesses, fat in the blood, high sugar, and well the list goes on. Just like humans have to watch what they eat so do the equine.

Some equine can choke on a whole apple fast, the acid in the apples makes the tummy sick and soon the equine has colic. Colic can be life-threatening to equines. The hooves start rotting off, white line separation seriously turning to mush as insulin overload from sugar makes it so painful to stand, the owners will be stuck trying to save this equine’s life.

Resources:

Foal dies due to people throwing food over the fence

Woman is heartbroken as her horse dies to people feeding over the fence

Pregnant horse and foal die due to people throwing food over the fence

Thank you for sharing and caring,

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner
Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

Donkey Yacht Rope Halters (soft) Made To Fit Your Donkey Not A Horse

The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC is excited to announce we are selling world-wide!

Our donkey halters are the best you can buy! We sell a lifetime warranty with all new donkey halter/lead lines and free shipping in the U.S.A. Our contractors work in the U.S.A.

Our measurements will adjust to fit any mini or standard size donkey. Mammoth donkeys, mules and horses require you to use our template and measure. We will send the copyrighted template to measure to you after you place your order.

Select Our Store to place your order, stocked sizes and donkey colors will ship the same day your order is placed.

Please never leave any halter on your donkey, mule or horse while not in 100% attendance to avoid death or self-mutilation.

 

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

Thank you for your trust and business!!!

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Natural To Blanket Our Beloved Domesticated Horse, Donkey Or Mule?

A blanket is like a fire extinguisher we hope we do not need to use it. We have it ready and learn how to use it before the emergency hits. Please be prepared. Please train your donkey to accept the blanket before the emergency hits. I never blanket unless an emergency or the donkey is suffering cant move due to arthritis and age. As soon as the weather gets out of extreme cold the blanket is off. Or the vet says the stall rest is over etc., No blanket is water proof. We must use common sense. Warm water in the winter (clean) helps donkeys drink more and lose free salt.  

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

Melody Johnson, Trainer/Owner

Donkey Whisperer Farm ®

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Training A Donkey, Horse or Mule

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I have rehabilitated donkeys, horses, mules and dogs. I understand the animals and how pain is a horrific way to teach any animal or human. 

How do I do this?

First I must build a relationship with the animal, tame the animal. Prove I am a leader without abuse. I have techniques to stay safe. Abuse is never needed to train.

The brain cannot learn under stress. Please remember old school training uses pain. Pain will cause you more problems down the road with equine. Please do not use this old cowboy training. People and animals learn when they are safe and calm. Not when under fear and pain.

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Donkeys and some mules not all will never forget anything you teach them. A new person they will pretend to know nothing. Interesting.

Please learn how to train another way. I am excited to teach you natural training. Fair leadership, you will be the leader and you will be safe. Never train the day the trimmer comes preparation is done before the trimmer or vet comes.

If you want to learn how to train a horse, donkey or mule you must learn how to control your emotions. Match the energy of the equine, have empathy and learn how to be plugged in 100% to your equine when you are with them. Release energy and wait for the equine to learn.

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Signs of Relaxation

Lick lips, blow out, cock a foot. These are signs of relaxation. Always end your Short training session on a good note. Never drill a donkey, horse or mule.

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Signs of stress,
Diarrhea water blowing out not just poop. Head high, tale tucked, or high. Back sunk in. Equine (introvert will lay down or not move the feet, they will not hear you eyes are glassed over). Extroverts will do anything to get away from the stressful situation including run over you.

Learning starts the minute we release! Get your timing down and stay ON DONKEY TIME. Life is relaxed and we are never in a hurry.

Preparation is the key to success in anything we do. Never drill any equine (horse, donkey or mule). Short training sessions that are quality will work the best and wait another day. End all training sessions with something the equine knows how to do. 🙂

Have a great day and remember your donkey, horse or mule is not a vehicle. They have personalities, emotions, fears and a past in most cases.

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Select OUR STORE for training anywhere in the world I teach you from the comfort of your home. We sell hand-made donkey halters to fit your donkey, and a little handmade artwork ON DONKEY TIME.

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Mules Are No Longer The Beast Of Burden

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What is a Mule?

Mom is a horse, dad is a donkey

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Mules Of War

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

Melody Johnson, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

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Looking For A Trainer For Your Horse, Donkey or Mule?

I am a worldwide virtual coach for you the owner!  I look forward to meeting you and training you to train your equine from the comfort of your home. The best person to train is the owner who feeds, cares and spends time with their beloved equine. Please don’t send your equine off to a trainer as the equine learns best from the human they have a deep relationship with, if you send off to a trainer you still need to learn how to train and build a relationship. 

I  teach you from your computer to my computer anywhere in the world. Skype makes it possible for you the student to sit in the comfort of your home, take notes, and I give you detailed homework for you to train your equine. Get comfortable a nice cup of coffee, tea and prepare to learn you have hired me to coach you and teach you to train.  I am also a consultant to tell you whatever you need help in and around your farm; fencing, health, diet, and more.

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Do you find yourself wishing you could train your donkey, horse or mule to do the most basic of domesticated socialized things such as;

Come running to you when called

Stop when you tell them to, walk-on when you ask

Stand still for the trimmer or vet

Send into the stall and turn around and face you

Send into the horse trailer and back out calmly

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I offer one, five or ten lessons Select Our Store (KEYBANK virtual merchant) you can pay with any major credit card and not worry as I pay a fee to Kebank to keep this site secure. If you are still worried you can purchase a disposable credit card at Wallmart and use this for the class cost. I am working on creating 1 hour group classes via Skype for 2015. Stay tuned, cost will be $45.00, no  more than 10 students at time. Having one-on-one lessons is a much easier way to learn so I would encourage you to use this opportunity to make 2015 the year you become the Donkey Whisperer for your farm. I train you to train your donkey, horse or mule using resistance free methods no old cowboy abuse here ever. Safety is my number one concern for you and your equine.

 

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

Melody

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Driving Down The Road With A Donkey, Horse Or Mule

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Not my accident…. Please drive careful when following a horse trailer or just driving.

This is not my photo of the trailer accident, I could have not written this any better.  Melody, Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC

Dear Drivers,

My most valued possession is inside the trailer behind my vehicle. She stepped into that rolling steel box because I asked her to and she trusts me. She’s a living, breathing creature, and all 500kg of her are precariously balanced on four tiny hooves as my vehicle and trailer wind down the road.

My horse is not a boat or camp trailer, and I cannot stop quickly or turn sharply without risking her safety and even her life.

Know that I will do just about anything to avoid hitting the brakes with a horse in my trailer. However, if your Suburban is hidden in the blind spot behind my horse trailer and I do have to stop suddenly, you’re too close to stop without ending up in the trailer with my horse.

When I make those excruciatingly slow, wide turns, I need them to prevent my horse from potentially falling over and injuring herself. Please give me room and time to turn.

And that large distance between me and the car in front of me? It might look like enough room to fit three sedans bumper to bumper, but it’s actually the distance I need to stop softly and safely without my horse falling.

Those times when we’re headed up a hill, my speed is as fast as I can go. My foot has the accelerator pressed to the floor, and no matter how hard you try, your WRX can’t push us up this hill. I promise I’ll move to the left lane when it becomes available or pull over if I find a safe spot on the shoulder, but until then I ask for your patience and some space.

Lastly, my set up weighs 3 tons, and that much weight prevents me from swerving. When you pass me going 100kmph uphill on a blind corner, you don’t just put my horse at risk: Your driving threatens the lives of the oncoming driver, my passenger, me, you, and everyone in the cars behind us.

So next time you see a horse trailer, assume an animal’s in there. Please give the them some space and offer some patience. By driving safely, we’ll all get where we’re going.

These photos show you what happens when a horse trailer driver is forced to attempt to stop suddenly or swerve sharply and suddenly.

Thank you,
Horse, Donkey and Mule Owner

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

Melody

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Give Me Kisses

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

Melody

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Donkeys, Horses And Mules

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

Melody

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Mules Rule In Spatial Cognition Tests

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My friend Heather from Serenity’s Musings sent me this article Mules Rule you may find it very interesting and another reason to consider a Mule.  We must remember that some mules have more horse traits and some have more donkey traits.  Be sure to pick you mule carefully.  The Mules who have more donkey traits are used for rides in the Grand Canyon as they are into self-preservation, will  not spook and jump off the trail. 🙂

Need more info?

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

Melody

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Dangerous Seasonal Fruit – Horses, Donkeys and Mules

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I received this alert from my vet, I am passing it forward to help save the life of a horse, donkey or mule.

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Seasonal Fruit Fall

Autumn in Washington State means likely horse, donkeys and mules exposure to fruit fall. Too many apples/pears/berries/rosehips and exposure to nuts like black walnuts can not only cause gastrointestinal distress, but may also lead to more serious emergencies like esophageal obstruction and laminitis.

“It seems like every pasture has fruit trees that can be too much of a good thing.”

Please take some time to look around, cut back the blackberries that have encroached and knock down the apples & make some cider for yourself!

Monitor for loose manure and for any signs of colic such as pawing, excessive laying down, gassiness, reduced appetite, and looking at flanks.  These signs can also be due to sand accumulation in the gut which is also a seasonal risk in our area.

Please call your vet if your equine has any of the symptoms above.

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

Melody

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I See Donkeys, Mules and Horses

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Plastic Slow Feeder, Diet, Test our Hay, Exercise To Help In The Prevention Of Colic and More

Please read why I use a slow feeder on a dry paddock

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Horses, Donkeys and Mules Are Helping People With Disabilities

Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm,

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Did you know that people with disabilities are being helped each and every day by getting to spend time with an equine?

Yes, some can only help groom them, feed and pet them, talk about their problems while others can actually ride even when they can not walk due to being paralyzed.  Equine are healers, sent by Jesus Christ to help us humans navigate this thing called life.

Resources for Riding With A Disability:

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“My number one inspiration is Lauren Barwick Canadian Paralympian, 4 Star Parelli Professional”

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Select Parelli offers 30 days free on-line training

People suffering from PTSD after serving in the war, sexual abuse, assault, and trauma

Select EAGALA  – Select What is equine assisted therapy?

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

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Fireworks and Pets

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Help My Donkey Has Not Pooped In Two Days

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This is serious business NO POOP can mean colic and colic can mean death.  Call the vet immediately!!!

Donkeys should poop a bunch each and every day our three equine (one horse, one mammoth donkey and one mini donkey poop a full wheel barrow full of poop in 24 hours.

Diet for the Donkey Whisperer Farm Donkeys

Orchard 7% Low Sugar/Protiene Hay

Loose salt  

Exercise as much as possible

Fresh Water each day when dirty and at least every other day – Donkeys will not drink dirty water and can colic

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You may also enjoy Thinking About Poop for more information on fecal samples and not over worming your horse, donkey or mule.  

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

Melody

 

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Hard Working Mules Clearing The Trails Of The Olympic Mountains

Friends of the Donkey Whisperer Farm

Finally we received some really nice weather in the Pacific Northwest, Western Washington 70’s.  My husband took me for a drive last weekend to see the Olympic Mountains we saw a beautiful waterfall and Crescent Lake it was a wonderful day. “GOD gave me a big surprise as we drove around the bend I saw a horse corral and I thought I saw a horse pen for people who camp with their horses and trail ride, oh how I miss trail riding.”

As we drove up to take a look this is what I saw!

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Notice the two black Mammoth mules standing together in the background 🙂  GOD is amazing!!!!

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

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