Originally Posted by tinyliny
Are you kidding? That mule was strapped into a saddle that must have been torture to her back. Placed way too far forward , Angled back by so ridiculously tight pull from the crupper stap, tied up with the reins to a curb bit knotted So tight they'd apply steady strong pull on the mouth, and ridden out in that position. That was not patience of a saint. It was plain old fear.
See, I liked this last mule LOTS better than the first one. She was ridden and handled (in my opinion) in an absurd way and she kept herself together. I like that she kept her cool even though she was scared.
All of those South American mules/horses look scared to me. I thought the first one was worse. Because he/she was scared and DID react to it. Plus setting back is just a plain dangerous habit. Even if better trained, they will still have a tendency to do that when scared by something. My first horse would sometimes do that. He got better over the years but would still do it on rare occasions.
Originally Posted by Dehda01
How is that a gaited mule... I saw her trot and panic.
Which one? I missed the trotting but both looked scared and ill handled. But the second one seems to know how to deal with it better. Plus, even gaited HORSES can trot and panic. Because something is gaited doesn't mean it can't trot or panic.
I guess I saw the first mule as something I wouldn't want around, and the second mule as something that would blossom under normal handling.