Originally Posted by smrobs
Mules are a ton different than a horse. For one thing, they are smarter and need a legitimate reason to do what you want and "because I said so" isn't a good enough reason for them. You can't push them the way that you can a horse and you have to have a ton more patience and "stick-to-it-iveness". It takes a special kind of person to be a good muleskinner (mule trainer).
That's why you always hear about how "mules are stupid" or "mules are too dang stubborn and you'll never get them to do anything for you".
Everyone who's ever said that has been outsmarted by a mule.
I train mules and horses. I really don't do anything different. I do not like the type of approach where I would force either one to do something. Basically you have to make them want to do whatever you ask for. And a lot of positive reinforcement. Be patient, kind and consistent. You really don't want to loose your temper. Oh and treats for job well done aren't a bad idea either. ;)