The foundation of Melody Johnson’s training philosophy is natural horsemanship combined with her natural gifts from Jesus Christ, which include her unique creativity and natural instincts. Melody studies under continually the masters of natural horsemanship Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts, Meredith Hodges and some techniques from Clinton Anderson. Most importantly, she lets her natural gifting and intuition guide her with each equine and owner she meets, the sixth sense is strong in Melody. All of us have the sixth sense it just takes time and prayer to work with it.
Beliefs and Passion To Help Others Reach Their Goals
Melody believes that all animals and humans should be treated with love, leadership and respect, and most importantly with no time constraints. Boundaries are a very important part of being a good leader for the farm and in interactions with people. Training should never be rushed for donkeys, mules and horses. Sessions should be short and should always end on a positive, rewarding note emphasizing what the equine has mastered. Melody always has a plan when working with equine as they gravitate toward assertive leadership, and tend to relax when the human leads has boundaries and a calm and relaxed state of mind. In essence, the equine is the mirror of the human for better or worse, thus why we need to learn to control our emotions when working with animals.
Melody also bases her training on the personality type of the human/owner and the equine. She studies the equine profile and personality traits alongside the human’s personality to help build a bridge between the equine and the owner. Melody is teaching you the owner how to teach your equine social skills needed to move to the next goal you have for your equine, i.e., trail riding, taking a hike and carrying your lunch, pulling a cart. Balance is always in leading, never following, when spending time with our beloved equine. Playing with equine is a natural fun experience when the owner has a plan and a set of clear and concise boundaries, which are established for safety.
The passion to help the equine live a comfortable life with their owner is what created the Donkey Whisperer Farm. Melody’s goal is to share expert advice on how to ‘help equine owners reach their individual goals’ and to ‘pass on a new set of tools to the equine owner’. Using tools that are specific to your equine, Melody will teach, coach and consult with you building the foundation to a safe relationship with your equine. Equine can be dangerous, each owner must take personal responsibility to ensure both the owner and the equine are safe.
The Goals of Training
Because goals are specific to each individual and their equine, they are not limited to the following.
• Teach the human how to train the equine in a conscious manner.
• Techniques to help you control your emotions stay calm no matter what and have a plan.
• Stop drilling the lesson and learn how to enjoy training and having a leadership partnership 51 human and 49 equine.
• Teach the human how to read the equine for balance and harmony.
Specific Tools To Help You Reach Your Goals
Because the necessary tools are specific to each individual and their equine, they are not limited to the following.
• Read the equine and learn how to communicate in a safe way.
• Observe the equines slightest ‘try’ and the most difficult ‘cry for help’ when bored and frustrated with the training techniques and tools being used.
• Build a new relationship between the owner and the equine (donkeys, horses and mules) as equine live in the moment and are looking for respectful clear leadership. Correction is made within three seconds after the mistake is made and never in anger and never abusive, and always followed by positive reinforcement.
• Plan and make sure you have a safe working environment; a large field will not work in most cases. Fifty foot round pen is highly recommended for horses and a 25-foot space where the donkey cannot get away from you is the best in stage one of training.
• Teach in neutral. All emotion must be placed in neutral when working with the equine as they live in the moment and gravitate to assertive leadership NOT aggressive or too loving. Try to think of this as boundaries, not a dictator a disciplinarian. This is easier said than done as it takes most people practice and time to control their emotions. Emotional intelligence is like a muscle in our body it must be worked over and over to be in the best form.
• Have a plan. Each time the owner is with the equine they are teaching them something. Always have a plan. Similar to building a brick path in the garden: one brick at a time and then more the next day, rest the body and continue the next day until completed.
• Have patience. All equine require patience, which is another tool the human must learn how to use every time they are with their equine. Donkeys need the human to SLOW way down in training and remember they are visual learners.
• Emotional teaching-Not language. Equine cannot speak our language (they can learn verbal words); try to think how to best help the equine read your emotions, clear boundaries and training techniques. It would be like going to a foreign country and not being able to speak the language and having someone make you do something without verbal communication. When done with respect, love, leadership, and a clear plan, the trainer makes it look easy. Anyone can learn to communicate with their equine if they have four things; (1) time (2) patience, (3) perseverance and (4) trainer, coach and consultant to help you be the best you can be for your equine.
• Include fun and frolic. Ensure your incorporating some fun things that equine enjoy doing and toys for their paddock. Donkeys love to play tug with another donkey with an orange traffic cone, or grain bowl. Please remember not all equine are Olympians; just like people, and clearly some excel in some sports like trail riding, but not jumping and vise a versa.
The Donkey Whisperer is a coach for the human/owner and will not only help the equine with their lives, but will also help the owner with their personal relationships; as emotion flows into all areas of our life via work, family, friends, neighbors. Results can be dramatic and fast when following this training program.
Clear and Concise Boundaries For Clients
Melody works ‘only’ with clients who will commit to the training program one hundred percent and be outstanding equine leaders and partners. Only positive customers open to change and willing to work with Melody to have an outstanding relationship with their equine are accepted into this training program.
If you are tired of the same old cowboy training techniques and see no positive results, or you want to start a young colt, donkey, horse or mule on the right foot then give The Donkey Whisperer a try.
The Donkey Whisperer Farm, LLC has the right to refuse to work with anyone at any time. If animals are abused, neglected or the owner is violent towards the equine or Melody the service contract is VOID!
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