Welcome to the wonderful world of donkeys, mules and more!

LuckyThreeRanch.com is the online home for Meredith Hodges and her champion mules and donkeys, with invaluable resources for trainers and caretakers of all kinds of equines—be they horse, donkey, mule or other equine hybrid.

Meredith's Story

From her beginning as a horse-crazy girl growing up in Northern California, find out how Meredith Hodges found her calling, revolutionized training for mules and donkeys and built Lucky Three Ranch.

History of LTR

What's New: Roll and Brandy Put to the Test

Seeing double? Nope! This is draft mule Roll and standard mule Brandy—no relation! Check out their latest partner workout.

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Equine Welfare in the News

Get the latest news about equine welfare and updates on the issues facing wild horses and burros. Learn about legislation affecting our equines and find ways you can get involved and help the organizations on the front lines of equine rescue.

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Featured Product

As the gang prepares for the big Thanksgiving celebration, Jasper the Mule and his pal, Moxie the Dog, are hot on the trail of adventure! Join in the fun as they solve a mystery and learn the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Perfect for little buckaroos of any age. Get the book and DVD or rent it with Video on Demand!

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New Training Tip: Ideal Muscle Development

Conducting your leading training on flat ground first is the best way to build strength in good equine posture for symmetrical muscle development.

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Ask Meredith

For comprehensive explanations of nutrition, general maintenance, behavior, breeding, showing, tack, training and more visit the Ask Meredith page. Search the full archives for answers to reader questions—or ask your own!

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Equine Events

Looking to get involved in the equine community in your area by attending an equine-related event? Check out our regional event calendar!

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For comprehensive explanations of nutrition, general management, behavior, tack, showing, breeding and more, visit the Ask Meredith page. You can read Meredith’s detailed answers to readers questions and you can ask one of your own.  Need some information before purchasing a mule or donkey? You’ll find lots of information to help you be a smart buyer. Get all the latest news and information on equine career opportunities, training, breeding, showing, recreation and much more. Visit our Training Section for short training tips or rent full length training shows. We even have a children’s site that lets kids of all ages play while learning about equines.

Whether you are trying to find training that is safe, humane and successful, or just looking to explore the world of equines—we’ve got you covered. This website is a place where the entire equine community can come together; to share and learn from each other…and have a lot of fun in the process!

Best Wishes & Happy Trails!

Meredith Hodges



Meredith Hodges is a judge, Animal Inspector and Representative of the American Donkey & Mule Society.