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post #1 of 4 Old 12-19-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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advice on pushy/spoilt mule foal?

I found a 5 month old mule advertised, I have always liked the looks of them (dont know why!) Anyway, today he arrived and was delivered by the family selling him. He is very different to a horse or pony in his attitude. I wasnt sure what to expect from a mule but he seems to act like other very spoilt young ponies I have seen. When I contacted them about him I was told he was not handled, I thought that would be fine as I've had foals this age that have never been handled before. I was then told he was brought in at night etc. He has been hand fed a lot of treats is rather nippy and VERY pushy he is also very strong and quite big for his age (11hh). He doesnt have a lot of respect for space and is a very confident and bargey little man. The people selling him werent really horsey people (the foal appeared from a mare they purchased for their daughter not knowing the mare was pregnant).
Although they were nice people I really think he has been allowed to get away with a lot and I usually never feed treats by hand to foals.
I was wondering if anybody on here had any experience with foals like this or is it just a mule thing? He's a very cute boy but just a real handful! I know he is still settling in but any advice on how to go on from here would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-19-2011, 12:39 PM
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Well I know nothing about mules but very firm ground rules need to be laid out for him. And lots and lots of ground work. I don't think it is a mule thing, more like an "I've never been handled and I can do whatever I want".
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Mules are very similar to horses but they differ in the fact that they learn quite a bit faster and even one negative experience will be remembered for a very long time. Do what you would do with a horse of his age but remember that he has learned some very bad habits and it will take a lot of time to replace these habits with good ones. Mules cannot be bullied into anything and need patience more than anything.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-19-2011, 02:31 PM
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I might talk to Cherie about your little guy, as she gives very good advice on Mules, seeing that she understands their personalities well. Dispite being half horse, mules are actually quite a bit more like their donkey parent than the horse, and getting him under control now is a must.

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