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Calming down a high strung or stressed donkey

Donkey care isn’t just about the right food and shelter. It’s about the right mental health care and support too! There are many things to know about donkeys but One of the things new owners may need to know about donkeys is how to calm them down if they are stressed.

Here are a couple of Milking donkey princesses impatiently waiting for their daily grooming session, followed by a little aromatherapy before milk time. I’m not kidding … It’s natural donkey care at it’s finest! I don’t just support a healthy body I support a healthy mind! We all need a little help there to sometimes!

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The things I do to get donkey milk from these 2 excellent milking donkeys!

Donkey milk is that good and that important to my health. And donkey milk soap can be a nice side business or just good healthy soap for your family.

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Some of you know my journey with these two and their buck wild foals. Which btw the foals are sweet as they can be now and on their way to being halter trained.

So they are all getting better all the time. I have devoted lots of time and effort figuring out how these girls think and what they need to feel comfortable. Because they haven’t been loved and handled like most of my other donkeys it’s not been easy.

They weren’t super wild like that jack I bought in 2015. Wow! Was I out of my skill set there! He too started to calm down. After over a year! As much as I could expect a crazy intact, never been touched jack to calm down.

For a while, I doubted these two would have a real future as milkers here though.

I’m seeing progress and that gives me hope! They are such gorgeous, healthy, strong examples of donkeys. They produced such gorgeous foals too!

With Fae being a super milker and Mina having such an excellent udder and teat structure. It would have been a shame to have to sell them. Although they are great livestock guardian donkeys too!

Even if they couldn’t be used for milking there is almost always a job a donkey is suited for because they can do so much! These girls would be great for a kid or small adult to ride, they could pack or drive a cart! Donkeys are stronger than a horse of the same size! I’m sure they would be useful on another farm as a livestock guardian donkey.

Some info about using them to guard here Using a Guardian Donkey

 Donkey Care: 3 Ways to calm down a donkey

There are many things that can work. Ultimately a lot depends on how feral the donkey is but For these jennies it’s been 3 things that have led them from running from me to allowing me to milk them.

  1. Brushing with a soft bristle brush. My donkeys all have a favorite brush!
  2. The calming effects German Chamomile and Lavender Essential Oils Seriously… I put it on my wrist and a drop lightly on their foreheads. This link is a good reference for equine use of essential oils for calming effects 10 Essential Oils for Soothing
  3. Also when I pet them and they remain still and calm I use the clicker and give them a piece of alfalfa cube. This was a huge game-changer in getting them to allow me to milk. It started helping them understand when we stand still good things happen!

Many people may not want to hand-feed treats and I understand that! It can cause a lot of problems if not done properly by training treat manners. Here is a video on how to do that!

I hope these things help you as they have me. A little extra care and time go a long way with these guys! A stressed-out donkey is always sad for me to see. I want my donkeys to know I never mean them harm and they can be calm around me no matter what we are doing.

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Till next time!