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post #1 of 4 Old Yesterday, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Mules / Training

Any horsemen in these forums with mule experience? Specifically looking for, but not limited to, those who have trained horses for a good many years and transitioned into mules. Whatever your specific discipline or background; I would really appreciate the insight.

Me: I’ve admired the animal at arms length for years. I’ve worked under a good many, but not really with any mules to an extent I’d find too terribly enlightening.

I’d like to take the plunge and buy a couple 2-year olds. In my area, there’s a good many available out of TWH mares, but I’m really open to anything and would like try a little bit of everything. I’m not looking to “flip”. However, if I end up really enjoying working with mules I wouldn’t mind having a small string, and turning out one or two mules bi-yearly (depending on the individual in training) to select clientele…

If it’s helpful to your answer, what I tell people is I practice “natural horsemanship”, but I informally apprenticed under a couple different California Vaquero horsemen for a period of 6-years and continue those teachings today. Haven’t made it to the point I’d consider myself one yet. However, my long-term goal is to advance in that direction.

Thank-you for your time.
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I primary work with horses but I have started & trained a few dozen mules over the years. I start them under saddle and train them the exact same way as I train a horse. In my experience the mule is more intelligent and they can also be less forgiving of any mistakes made by the human during the training process. With patients & solid foundation training they make really nice mounts and can be used for anything a horse is used for.

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I primary work with horses but I have started & trained a few dozen mules over the years. I start them under saddle and train them the exact same way as I train a horse. In my experience the mule is more intelligent and they can also be less forgiving of any mistakes made by the human during the training process. With patients & solid foundation training they make really nice mounts and can be used for anything a horse is used for.

Best of luck,
I enjoy reading a lot of your answers, and appreciate your input. That’s a lot of what I’ve heard; they are less forgiving. I like to think I am an okay hand 🤷‍♀️ I guess we’ll see.

I’m trying to make new connections, I just moved to a different country. Maybe I’ll have an opportunity to gain a little more insight in the meantime.

All the best.
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I heard someone say that mules aren't stubborn, they just want to know "why" you want them to do something. Once they understand why and accept your reasoning, they are very willing to comply. This same individual therefore held that a horse trainer may not be able to train a mule, but a mule trainer could easily train a horse.

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