12-12-2013, 10:45 PM
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Mules are much smarter. It is much more of a 'mind game' with them.
In the early stages of training, they do not let you make mistakes or they will capitalize on every tiny one.
If you let them make mistakes, they will come back to haunt you. They are sooo much stronger than a horse of the same size that you have to be smarter then they are. You just cannot out-muscle them.
You must show them the easy way to do something and not try to force them to do it. Then, get out of their way and 'let' them do it.
I love training them. We raised them for many years. It takes longer to train one, but then you have an animal that will literally take care of you for decades.
Some are more like the donkey and others are more like the horse parent. It has been our experience that if you want one to lope like a horse and not like a donkey, they should be loped very early in their training under saddle. We have also like the gaits and ability of the mules sired by saddle type Jack. Our best saddle mules were sired by a Catalonian Spanish jack. They had soft mouths and horse-like gaits under saddle.