Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Canberra, Australia
If you are wanting to get into training horses then I don't know if mule experience would help as much as horse experience.
If someone wants to hire you to train horses and all your experience is with mules, then they may be hesitant. It probably wouldn't have to do with difficulty but because of the methods and hirers knowledge. I don't know how to train mules, or how they are different or what they can be used for, but if I was sending my horse to a trainer and they said they had only trained mules I would very hesitant.
My reasons would be that because mules are different they may need different training techniques. They may respond differently to horses to a trainers actions. Which makes training a horse different from training a mule. I don't think a mule would be easy or simple, or less worthwhile, but I do think it would be different and because of that difference it would make you less qualified with horses.
I could be totally wrong in all my beliefs, but its very possible that other people would believe that as well.
If someone said to me that they trained there own mule and that they trained their own horse, instinctively I would think that the horses training is better. I know its probably not right, but that is what I would think. Experience all round is good, but if you want to get into horse training maybe you should look at getting experience in training horses first, then maybe work with mules.
They are just my views from not knowing much about mules.