Originally Posted by clippityclop
Well now due to another person posting looking for a gaited mule, it stirred me up again - one day I hope to find a decent gaited mule even if I have to breed one but I don't know squat about mules.
Anybody know about mules? What is it that is different about the space between their ears compared to horses? Everybody that has them says they take a different kind of handling and training. Are they just 'slower' b/c of the cross or what? I understand what gee and haw mean (left and right) but why is it such a big deal to teach it to a riding mule?
I would expect that a mule would be trained just like a horse - depending on the personality and willingness and manners, you'd just work with the individual until you got him where you wanted. Like horses, each are different - some are crazy, some just get it and others are a little off. So what's the big deal about mules?LOL!
I rode a mule for a few weeks at college. She was trained the same as all our young horses, moved very nicely, and was very willing. Last I knew, she'd been started over fences.
Took my 7 year old son to see Cash for the first time today. This horse was in love! Came right up to the gate to see him, followed him all around the paddock, rested his head in front of my son for pats and hugs. Ridiculously adorable.