This webpage is dedicated to a very special advocacy project: -DONKEYTREK- created by the humans and donkeys at Foghorn Farm Donkey Training in Wellington CO. See our website for Foghorn Farm Donkey Training at Foghorn Farm ! You can check out and “like” DonkeyTrek on FB DonkeyTrek on FB and also Foghorn Farm Donkey Training on FB Foghorn Farm on FB.
Our Mission Statement:
“DonkeyTrek: Trekking for Troops is about advocacy on behalf of both donkeys and Veterans. First, our mission is to educate and advocate about donkey behavior, donkey training, and donkey health. Second, our mission is to promote equine-assisted therapy through showing what donkeys (and all equines) can do for Veterans’ mental health and self esteem.” –Rachel Karneffel, Foghorn Farm
DonkeyTrek: Trekking for Troops is an advocacy project created by Rachel and Wolf Karneffel of Foghorn Farm (Formerly Wise Ass Acres). Wolf is an Iraq Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). In an effort to help rehabilitate Wolf, both Rachel and Wolf decided to advocate for both donkeys and Veterans through trekking through both wild areas and down highways and through towns, bringing the message of the donkey as a healer.
Donkeys are THE most abused and neglected animal in the world. They are used or bought and then thrown away like trash often, because people don’t understand their unique needs and incredible intelligence. Veterans are also cast aside after serving faithfully and putting their life on the line. Pairing the two seemed like a logical, if unorthodox way to bring healing to both.
DonkeyTrek 2015 was an amazing experience, and the donkeys touched many lives along the way, especially the life of Larry, a homeless Vet who bonded so deeply with the donkeys that he decided not to commit suicide, and instead found a place to stay with his sister and a job, all so that one day he could have a donkey of his own.
Wolf and Rachel plan to have many more DonkeyTrek adventures in the years to come, bringing light into a dark world, bringing healing and advocating for donkeys-amazingly sensitive animals who require patience, calmness, and confidence.
Rachel and Wolf Karneffel:
Hello, we are the owners of Foghorn Farm! We did a DonkeyTrek in the Spring 2015. We then moved to Northern Colorado and have been doing local advocacy, re-building our lives, and are planning another DonkeyTrek in the near future!
Rachel: Since my husband is a Veteran, and I work in the field of Equine -Assisted Therapies as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor, the subject of healing through working with horses and other equines is very dear to my heart.
I have a degree in Equine Science from CSU and am a lifelong horsewoman with a background in hunter/jumper. I got involved with donkeys several years back when I took on Charlie, my first donkey. As soon as I met him I knew I had something really special. Charlie changed my whole perspective on how I work with equines, and through working with my donkeys and client donkeys I have grown so much as a horse/donkey woman and as a human being. This trip, to me, is about getting to really rely on my donkeys and my husband and myself. That creates a bond that is different than the bonds we form just moving through life at the breakneck pace that is expected of us in this day and age. I am yearning for something different. Along the way I hope to educate, advocate, and most of all LEARN more about what connects us all.
Wolf: I am proud Mayan and Hunkpapa Native American. I am a Veteran of two campaigns, six years service and three deployments. While in service to my country I was a Combat Engineer. I performed route clearance and served as a gunner for all three tours. After leaving the Army I was diagnosed with P.T.S.D. The two forms of treatment that I use are my dog Charles and my donkey Raymond. Raymond, much like me, has issues with trust and is always on the alert. This is similar to two of the symptoms I suffer from because of P.T.S.D. This has allowed me to form a strong bond with him as we teach and train each other. He trusts me to look after his best interests and care, much like the soldiers I led in Iraq. I am trusting him to keep me grounded and help heal me. Together on this trip I know we will form a bond very similar to the brotherhood in service to my country. I look forward to growing with Raymond and to the things he will teach me.
Goofing off at Arches in Moab:
Doing a donkey Demo/Speech for Mancos School of the West during the Mancos Hot Air Balloon Festival. Darlin had the audience laughing as she made happy faces from having her ears rubbed: