After a successful run earlier this year, we are proud to announce that Rural TV (Dishnet channel 232) will continue airing classic episodes of the much-loved documentary show Those Magnificent Mules, beginning again on December 8. This series offers an insider’s perspective on many facets of the equine community—from the benefits of therapeutic riding, to the excitement of Bishop Mule Days, to tips on keeping your equine in shape, both physically and mentally! We’re excited to continue to be able to share these great stories with you all on a regular basis once again.
Check out the schedule below to find out when you can see your favorite episodes on Rural TV all year long—or if you can’t wait, pick up your own copy of all the Those Magnificent Mules and Jasper episodes on DVD.
|Equus Revisited: A Healthy Beginning (Episode 9R)
Meredith examines components of preventative maintenance for all equines with a team of experts to cover every aspect of the equine’s physical health and psychological well-being, including hoof care with Master Farrier, Rusty May, sequential training, and how to communicate effectively with your equine.
Saturday, September 29 – 7:00 pm ET
|Equus Revisited: Balance, Body Awareness & Good Posture (Episode 10R)
Meredith explains the importance of good posture and proper conditioning on the lead line, through obstacles, during trailer loading and in the round pen, including a discussion of equine chiropractics with Kevin Haussler, DVM, CA, PhD, and stretching exercises for your equine.
Saturday, October 6 – 7:00 pm ET
|Equus Revisited: Elements of Good Communication (Episode 11R)
Body awareness or “proprioception” is critical for both rider and equine. Meredith explains important techniques to develop balance, control and communication from your hands to the bit, with an anatomical lesson from G.D. Farrand, DVM and the importance of massage with Joanne Lang.
Saturday, October 13 – 7:00 pm ET
|Equus Revisited: Athletic Conditioning for Longevity (Episode 12R)
Meredith and Gymkhana expert, Lloyd Hawley discuss the importance of proper conditioning for optimal performance and long-term equine health. Sequential training, preventative conditioning techniques, and stretching are paramount for older and abused animals’ rehabilitation, longevity and well-being.
Saturday, October 20 – 7:00 pm ET
|The Bishop All-Stars, Pt. 1 (Episode 4R)
Meredith Hodges talks with Bishop Mule Days All-Stars Von Twitchell, Lou Moore Jacobsen, and Crystal Ward about competing in gymkhana events, English jumping, and sidesaddle classes. Founder Bob Tanner recounts the history of how Bishop Mule Days began.
Saturday, October 27 – 7:00 pm ET
|The Bishop All-Stars, Pt. 2 (Episode 5R)
Bishop All-Stars Tim Phillips, Vern Brooks and Jo De Collins speak with Meredith Hodges about what it takes to be a Bishop Mule Days All-Star, with career highlights and a look back at the beginnings of Bishop Mule Days.
Saturday, November 3 – 7:00 pm ET
|The Bishop Experience, Pt. 1 (Episode 6R)
Join us for an insider’s look at what it takes to put together the Bishop Mule Days Celebration, complete with edge-of-your-seat competition footage featuring gymkhana events, chariots, dressage, and musical tires.
Saturday, November 10 – 7:00 pm ET
|The Bishop Experience, Pt. 2 (Episode 7R)
The second part of The Bishop Experience takes you behind the scenes and into the arena for the go-for-broke competitions including cattle classes, bridled reining, youth classes, and the pack scramble.
Saturday, November 17 – 7:00 pm ET
|Jasper: A Turkey Tale (Episode 14)
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! A mishap with a truckload of turkeys turns into a real live mystery, as the boys solve the case of “The Beady Eyes in the Bushes!”When they make a new friend who is lost and alone, Jasper’s mule-y sense of loyalty kicks in and he is determined to help, no matter what. Will Jasper and Moxie save the day? Will their new friend find his “forever home?” All the fun and warmth of Thanksgiving come to life in Jasper: A Turkey Tale.
Saturday, November 24 – 7:00 pm ET
|The Road to Bishop (Episode 3R)
Meredith Hodges and her mules continue their adventures at Bishop Mule Days, where they are challenged to their limits in dressage, sidesaddle, and English jumping. Archival footage details their rocky but triumphant Road to Bishop.
Saturday, December 1 – 7:00 pm ET
|Walk On, Part 1 (Episode 1R)
Meredith Hodges explores the special bond that people with disabilities develop with mules and horses through Therapeutic Riding. Meredith meets a rider with cerebral palsy whose Hippotherapy sessions with a mule gave him independence; a rider with multiple sclerosis who discovered freedom on horseback; and a group of inner city kids whose time with horses inspired confidence.
Saturday, December 8 – 7:00 pm ET
|Walk On, Part 2 (Episode 2R)
An in-depth look at how Therapeutic Riding can help adults and children heal and cope with their disabilities. Meredith Hodges finds out how Hippotherapy works with the help of a Locomotion Expert, examines the work being done at Walter Reed Medical center with our wounded soldiers, and talks with William Shatner about his efforts to help international Therapeutic Riding Centers.
Saturday, December 15 – 7:00 pm ET
|Jasper: A Christmas Caper (Episode 15)
It’s the Christmas season and Jasper and his human family are in high spirits as they travel to visit far-away friends a few towns over. When Jasper and his pal, Moxie the dog, get out of the yard and wander down a strange alley, the two friends are headed straight for one big adventure!
Saturday, December 22 – 7:00 pm ET