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 and revolutionized training for mules and donkeys and built Lucky Three Ranch.

History of LTR

What's New: Who's Helping Whom?

Deb Linne describes her experience working—and learning—as an equine therapy volunteer at Hearts and Horses.

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Featured Product

Training Mules and Donkeys Revised edition of the first official book on training your mule, which also makes a great resource for training horses and donkeys, as well as other equine hybrids. This publication gives a condensed but thorough outline of the information and training covered in the DVD Training Series.

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Equine Welfare in the News

The BLM has set extremely low Allowable Management Levels for wild horses in the Kiger and Riddle Mountain Herd Management Areas (HMAs), one of the best remaining examples of the Spanish Mustang.

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New Training Tip: How to Square Up

There are many advantages to having an equine that can square up at the halt, because that means he is putting equal weight over all four feet for ideal balance and good posture.

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Ask Meredith

Have a question about your equine's behavior, training, diet, tack or more? Check out our full Ask Meredith 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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Whether you are trying to find training that is safe, humane and successful, or just looking to explore the world of equines—you’ve found the right place. 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.

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.