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post #21 of 24 Old 04-15-2013, 09:02 PM
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i do own a Mule. his name is Oscar, its best to buy one that is already trained. i find Oscar to have smoother gaits, but he also rounds out his hiney and collects himself. he has a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S lope. he is a wonderful jumper and rounds out his jumps gorgeously. he neck reins and spins on a dime. however training a mule is different. but getting one already trained will help with that aspect. don't ever give them an inch because they WILL take that mile. letting them get away with things is a no no. unlike a horse they will remember getting away with that and continue to push getting away with that until it becomes a problem that you wont know how to fix because the training is so different. Oscar can sometimes be hard to catch if he suspects that we are riding. so to outsmart him we have to park and catch him BEFORE hooking up to the trailer. because if you back up to that trailer first.. you'll never catch him. he's also quite impatient. because our horses have to rest on our trail rides and oscar never tires out he's always impatient to continue with the ride. i've never heard that they are less flighty. in all respects i think mules are more flighty. it all comes down to training. Oscar wasn't well desensitized so he isnt traffic safe. he gets scared of things easily. all you have to do is give him an evil look and he'll take off running. DO invest in a Breeching. i say breeching because all our cruppers always break. we spent 100$'s on a good breeching and havent had any problems sense.

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Well, I've decided that a mule won't be happening this year anyway - I'd originally planned on leaving my colt at home when I moved south so figured I would have time to work with another youngin over the summer... but in the end I decided to bring him, so I'll have my hands full with him and my other horse.

I'm going to keep learning what I can though and trying to spend time with some mules because I'd still like to own one someday!
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post #23 of 24 Old 04-17-2013, 09:21 AM
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After 20+ years of owning horses I bought my first mule last year. This area does not have a lot of mules, we drove 9 hours to get her. If you are wanting your first mule get one that is dead broke! My mule is a lot greener than I was lead to believe and I must say it has been VERY difficult with her and I still am questioning wether I should just buy myself another nice qh! It took her quite a while to bond to me. Her ground manners were horrible, she was rude and pushy. She is now an angel on the ground but I am still having a hard time riding her. She has "selective steering", if she has it in her head that she wants to turn the same direction I do, we go easy with the very slightest touch. If she doesn't, well I might as well try to turn a brick wall.
I had also heard that they aren't flightly and will stand their ground. Not true. She is rarely spooked, but when she is she bolts and there is no stopping her until she stops on her own. I have almost ran down my husband's gelding in her frantic getaways, who was standing quietly wondering what she was running from!
I do love my mule, but I think quite often that I would be having a lot more fun on a good broke QH! You are very smart to spend time with several mules before you get one!
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post #24 of 24 Old 04-22-2013, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by SnowCowgirl View Post
Corporal - I'm not really too sure what you're getting at either?? Are you're saying that maybe I shouldn't be thinking about breaking a mule? If so - I have broke several horses from the ground up. Some were dog quiet to begin with, others were previously untouched. I know mules are different but I think it would be a really interesting learning experience. I'm patient and up for a challenge.
Oh, my dear....I am in no way trying to discourage you from getting a mule.
I think everybody ought to have at least one in their life BUT you can jolly well expect to train your mule differently than you did the horses. You will have to do a lot of "outside the box" thinking BUT if you make it and train it to be a good mule you will be a far better horse trainer than before.

Some mules will be easier to train than others, some will drive you insane.
Most totally resent being hit and if they decide to balk will balk that much harder if you pop them on the rear or even start backing up!
They are quite capable of saying "I won't" and really meaning it.
You don't really want to try to make a mule do anything, you want to make the mule your partner who respects you and is willing to do for you.

Gaits: My own mule had a kinda running walk (out of a quarter mare) as some mules do, a rocking chair canter that he could do forever and the most gosh awful trot I've ever ridden in my life.
Oh, yeah and he could jump the moon from a stand still.

After we worked things out between us he was totally trust worthy in any situation and I trusted him with my life.

He had stamina that was unreal, easy keeper, but waaay smarter than he needed to be.

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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