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post #1 of 3 Old 04-25-2008, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Crunch Time for Fair!!!

Last week we started training the mule for the 4-H fair (July 25-31) and we need results quick!! I'm probably going to show him in the following classes:

Western Pleasure
Western Horsemanshipe
Bareback pleasure
Barrels and maybe other speed events

Any tips to get him doing good (show quality) in a small amount of time.... I'm thinking that once he gets going really good I'll just spend a lot of time with him a day and work with him a lot......
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-26-2008, 02:19 AM
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I don't know much about mules...but I'll try :)

How old is he? Where is his training so far?

I would say to work with him every day (with just a day off here or there for a brain break). Be sure to alternate what you do so that you work different muscles, and don't fatigue his body. Doing a lot of circling or serpentines for your warm up every day will really help with his rate and his collection, which will help with his WP and even other pleasure type classes. When doing circle/serpentine warm ups, you really have to focus, and be very precise in your ask and release - otherwise you are just giving him exercise without structure.

Showmanship and halter should be pretty easy to get him doing well in...I would just throw a few minutes of work in on your ground handling amongst your saddle training.

Barrels & speed events...If he lacks much of a training foundation, I would not practice these at all. I would practice for the pleasure classes for the next 3 months, and then just enter the speed events at the fair. Otherwise, you would need to spend a lot of time getting him patterned to the barrels, and it would be hard to work with him on his pleasure classes. Until he is FINISHED in the basic pleasure classes, I think it would be inadvisable to do anything but the occasional game day at the end of a show for speed events.

As for roping...they have that in 4H? They don't here, but this IS Alaska :) :) I can't offer much advice about this, as my involvement in roping only goes as far as having a gelding who used to calf rope (but we never used him for it - only let our roper friends use him). :) Sorry not much help there :)
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-26-2008, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by AKPaintLover
I don't know much about mules...but I'll try :)

How old is he? Where is his training so far?

As for roping...they have that in 4H?
He's about 9 and right now he's to the point where we drive him and then get on him for about a minute and go over basic cues.

We've been giving him a break here and there, he had two days off because I was busy and then a tornado hit.

About speed events, we were planning on doing them more as horsemanship patterns than speed events this year, but I might practice them a few times before we go to the fair.

Thanks for your tips!

Edit: forgot this, yeah we have roping
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