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    06-15-2011, 11:46 PM
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Unhappy Mule bitting help!

Ok so I just got a mini mule, Sampson. He rides and drives. He is very naughty at times. I drive him and he will refuse to turn and when he gets angry, he will run off with me and I have to haul him into a ditch by doing a one rein stop. He will LAUNCH over puddles and there is really nothing I can do to stop him! He seems to do best driving in a field instead of on the road but I want to be able to drive him anywhere without drama. Even when riding, he will refuse to turn, and when instructed forward, he will not go straight, you have to keep checking him to keep him straight. He will fight the rider by pulling when he is being steered. When you steer him, he will pull back and sometimes back up and refuse to turn and go where directed. I started him off in a Korsteel french link full cheek snaffle and then put him in one of those cheap production curb bits. While the curb helped to some degree, he still has steering issues and stopping issues. Please help!
     
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    06-16-2011, 08:40 PM
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Foal
It sounds to me like he needs to go back a few steps in his training and learn to give to pressure. If he doesn't understand steering in the first place, a bigger bit isn't going to help him understand. Just a guess, though.
     
    06-16-2011, 09:19 PM
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Showing
^^Well said, Tolt.

You need to figure out what he is lacking in his training. Mules do not have the same mentality as horses and cannot be trained the same way that horses are. I've been around mules my entire life ranging from miniature to draft size and we have never needed anything more than a simple snaffle on them because they got all the right stuff put into their training.

If you don't have a lot of experience with handling mules, then I suggest you seek hands-on help from someone who does. Mules are very smart creatures and that can often be construed as stubborn or pig-headed. That is often not the case, they just need a good reason to do what you are asking and "Because I said so" is not a reason that they accept.

Unlike a horse, you cannot force a mule to do something he doesn't want to do and if you try, he'll turn sour very quickly. They don't forget anything and if you ruin his trust and respect for you, you'll probably never get it back.
     
    06-16-2011, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
^^Well said, Tolt.

You need to figure out what he is lacking in his training. Mules do not have the same mentality as horses and cannot be trained the same way that horses are. I've been around mules my entire life ranging from miniature to draft size and we have never needed anything more than a simple snaffle on them because they got all the right stuff put into their training.

If you don't have a lot of experience with handling mules, then I suggest you seek hands-on help from someone who does. Mules are very smart creatures and that can often be construed as stubborn or pig-headed. That is often not the case, they just need a good reason to do what you are asking and "Because I said so" is not a reason that they accept.

Unlike a horse, you cannot force a mule to do something he doesn't want to do and if you try, he'll turn sour very quickly. They don't forget anything and if you ruin his trust and respect for you, you'll probably never get it back.

Thanks Smrobs! Very helpful. I have never even touched a mule before I got him. I will need lots of help then. I have noticed that there is usually no way to get him to do something he doesn't want to do! Its funny, all they are is a horse and a donkey mixed together but have such a different mentality than horses. Its confusing!
     

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