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    12-05-2011, 10:45 PM
Mules???? What the heck????

So I have figured out that I think my gelding does NOT like (or is afraid of) mules?? I take him penning, sorting, trails etc and he is perfect with other horses. Never bats an eye....can have them loping circles around him in an arena, can stand in a group with them, can pass them on very narrow and tight trails, can trailer with a stange/new horse, never an issue. However, three times now I have encountered mule riders on my trail rides and my usual calm steady horse is a basket case!! He freaks. If they pass us he is soo tense and quivering and wants to explode and is just agitated. If we need to pass them he blows and tries to to get as far away as possible, head high and just wacky. It is the oddest thing? He settles right down once we are past but it is so unlike him to act that way. I have put together the ONLY times it has happened has been when the other riders were mules and not horses. Anyone else had a similar experience??
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    12-05-2011, 11:25 PM
My mare is the same way. She hates mules. She never gets mare-ish with horses but you pass a mule and she pins her ears and throws her head. She really hates if I ride with someone who is riding a mule. She will do everything in her power to get far in front of the pack so that she is not by the mule. Weird but that is just her.
    12-05-2011, 11:31 PM
Green Broke
Mine haven't come across mules but when I first introduced my donkey they all freaked out for several days before they finally calmed down and accepted him.
    12-05-2011, 11:40 PM
Odd, none of my horses acts like that when a mule is around. My friend rides a mule at times and I've ridden with her on all mine.

Your horses need to "meet" the mule so they can get over that..
    12-05-2011, 11:53 PM
My three year old acted like this when I took him to a fun show a month after I got him. They were a team and were part drafts, they had blinders and one called to the other when he went to the arena and my horse backed up and spun around he was so interested but they freaked him out. But by the end of the show he got use to them.
    12-06-2011, 09:38 PM
Green Broke
Hubby's gelding Sarge is really alarmed by them...especially if they are pulling a wagon or braying. OMG he is on high alert and trying to move as far away as possible!!!
    12-06-2011, 10:46 PM
I had mare that hated mules. Had to keep her in a barn on a show weekend with mules on either side of her. She was in mad mode the whole time. She was usually an easy going type horse. Mules made her mad. So I guess it's not a rarity.
    12-07-2011, 12:39 PM
Off topic of mules, but I saw a horse be afraid of paints before, because they looked like cows to her, and she hated cows...I laughed everytime.

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