What’s New

  • What’s the Big Idea? SNOWY Adventures with Spuds and Augie

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    We had a big adventure when we went outside and everything was covered in white, really cold stuff—Meredith said it was snow. I was pretty worried and not sure how to walk in it—this SNOW stuff came all the way up to our bellies! It was pretty fun once we got used to it. And the best thing about snow is you never have to look for your crimped oats!

    –Spuds

  • Now Available: Training Without Resistance

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    Training Without ResistanceWe are proud to announce that the brand new, updated versions of Meredith’s popular Training Without Resistance manuals are now available—in FOUR languages!

    These gorgeous editions have full-color photographs, sturdy perfect binding, and have been entirely revised with Meredith’s consistent, reliable, and easy-to-read information on training and caring for mules, donkeys or horses. As before, these books serve as companions to Parts 1 – 7 of Meredith’s popular DVD training series, Training Mules and Donkeys: A Logical Approach to Longears, and provide in-depth explanations for all stages of training—and all stages of trainers. And all foreign versions were lovingly translated and proofed by native speakers!

    Get your copy now! Available in English, Spanish, French and German.

    (The similarly revised Equine Management and Donkey Training, which correlates with DVDs 8 – 10, is also available in English, Spanish, French and German.)

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

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    Jasper A Turkey TaleJasper: A Turkey Tale is now available on DVD!

    Join Jasper the Mule and all his friends for a Thanksgiving dinner not to be forgotten!  When a mishap with a truckload of turkeys turns into a real live mystery, Jasper and his pal Moxie the Dog are hot on the trail of adventure. Sure to be a hit with mule and animal lovers of all ages, this heartwarming story features new, original music by the Grammy-winning Riders in the Sky, and features all the fun and hijinks we’ve come to expect from Jasper and his crew!

    Check out  A Turkey Tale, and all of Jasper’s other adventures–in both books and DVDs–in his online store!

  • Rock and Roll Rehab Update: A Rocky Road to Recovery

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    Draft mule Rock with wrapped legs

    Draft mule Rock eases into a new step of his rehabilitation process.

    Rock and Roll did relatively well for the better part of the summer, but as they got to feeling better, they became more rambunctious and began sparring with each other. One evening several weeks ago, Rock came in a little sore in front, but we thought nothing of it as this had been the case before. The next morning however, we went out and found Rock standing hunched over and shaking on all four legs! We immediately called the chiropractor because it was clear that he had done something to his left hind leg, which was the only sound leg left on his body. The chiropractor couldn’t make it until later that evening, but Rock did get a massage that day. It didn’t seem to help much. When the chiropractor finally arrived, he did manage to get the stifle area on the left hind somewhat straightened out, but it didn’t really fix it. The next morning he came back and suggested that we call a pow-wow with the equine chiropractor/D.V.M. from Colorado State University. We called everyone involved with Rock as well: his vet, his equine masseuse, her husband (also a D.V.M.), our ranch manager and me.

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  • Mule Are Good Mothers, Too!

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    An excerpt of an amazing story from a friend of Lucky Three Ranch, Luzma Osorio, on the birth of a new mule in Colombia–and her mule mother!

    Mule mama "Chucurena" with her daughter, "La bien querida." Photo courtesy of Criadero Villa Luz.

    They say mules cannot give birth and are hostile to foals, but the mule Chucurena has proved completely the opposite. On 25 September 2011, she gave birth to a beautiful baby mule in Colombia, South America, and she is proving to be a great mother!

    Chucurena is a 3 ½ year old black mule from Hacienda El Cerro in Bucaramanga. She is very affectionate, produces lots of milk and she is always looking after her baby.

    This miracle was achieved thanks to the Embryo transplant technique. An eight day old embryo was extracted from a mare and implanted in the mule’s womb to develop it. Embryo transplants are a complicated process that requires synchronizing the ovulating time in both females, in this instance it was carried out by the specialized Colombian veterinarian Hector Mendez.

    The embryo was from a Paso Fino Mare called La Querencia and the Paso Fino Donkey Cosaco XVI de Villa Luz. The pregnancy was 11 months and the delivery was normal with no complications. The mule knew exactly what to do and behaved as an expert mother even if it was her first time! The baby is a female and it was called “La bien querida” (The much loved).

    For more information on the Criadero Villa Luz, visit their website here.

  • What’s the Big Idea?: Adventures with Spuds and Augie

    Today we had a crazy adventure when we got to go the hay field with Meredith. It was a pretty nice day, but then we came across a raging river. Augie was a little scared to cross it but Meredith was patient. I went first and after Augie got himself together and made it across, we got to do something really neat! We got to get in the tour cart! Meredith said we had a lesson in trust, but all I know is Augie and I had fun! Holy Guacamole–what a day!

    –Spuds

  • Rock and Roll Rehab Update!

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    Rehabilitated draft mules Rock and Roll

    Big boys on the mend, Rock and Roll

    Rock and Roll, a 17 and 16-year-old draft mule team came to us on December 5, 2010. They had been rescued from an auction in Kiowa, Colorado, roughly a year before that by some friends of mine. They offered the mules to me as a last resort when their efforts to rehabilitate them failed.

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  • Blogging Donkeys!

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    There is a blogging donkey out there named Miss Abby who is working hard on behalf of the wild burros.  If you can, check out her Blog – Donkeys Can Do.

  • Equine Rescue News Update: Flying Donkeys at LAX

    As there are few available homes for wild donkeys in Hawaii, upwards of 100 of the donkeys are being brought to the mainland by the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (PVDR) , our nation’s largest donkey rescue with facilities all across the country.

    Find out more about how you can help, donate to, or adopt these jetsetters on our Equine Rescue News page!

  • Welcome to our New Website

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    We’ve updated the look and created a more interactive community for longears lovers. Some of the new features include the search function so you can find what you want easier and the entire library of Mule Crossing articles are available for download. We would love your feedback, so take a look around and let us know if there’s anything missing or things you’d like to see.

  • Rock & Roll Rehabilitation Project

    On December 5, 2010 we welcomed Rock and Roll, two draft mules to Lucky Three Ranch.  Rock is 17 years old, 18 hands and Roll is 16 years old and 17 1/2 hands.  Both of our new residents have various physical issues and have begun an intensive rehabilitation program including massage, chiropractics, proper nutrition exercise. Check back and follow the progress of these two beautiful gentle giants!

    Meet draft mules Rock and Roll

    Meet Rock and Roll

  • New, Revised Equine Management & Donkey Training Manual

    store-bookEMDTgrayblueMeredith has just completed a brand new, revised and updated version of the popular Equine Management & Donkey Training manual.  This new edition has full color photographs and a sturdy perfect binding, and will be available in English, French, Spanish and German starting August 15!

  • Fall in Love with Jasper!

    Jasper A Precious Valentine is available on DVD!

    When Jasper and his human family head up to Bald Mountain for a picnic to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Jasper gets a crash course in love.  Jasper’s latest adventure features music by Grammy-winning group Riders In The Sky and is appropriate for all ages.  Click here to find out more and don’t forget all the other neat books and videos in Jasper’s store!

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