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.