Question: My mule will do all the obstacles easily on the lead rope and most of the time when I am riding him, but he won't do them on the drivelines without getting skittish and weaving. What should I do?
Answer: When doing obstacles on the lead line, keep in mind that you are not only teaching the animal to negotiate an obstacle, but you are also conditioning the muscles closest to the bone, teaching balance, coordination and control as well. He will be awkward and skittish in the beginning, but if you spend enough time on each task and pay attention to detail, it will become easier for both of you, and he will improve.
Groups big and small are lining up for tours of Meredith's Lucky Three Ranch in Loveland, Colorado.
If you're going to be passing through, please give a call. Meredith would love to show you around.
Here's what one new mule fan had to say ...
We wanted to give you a big THANK YOU for making our visit to your ranch so enjoyable. Everyone was interested in learning more about "long ears." I don't think anyone had heard of your ranch and the work you are doing before, and I am sure they will be telling friends about it. I saw an article in Sunday's Rocky paper about someone else who has mules, and they were giving the same information about how smart they are. Ray and I really appreciate you having Robin's latest sculpture for us and our group to see. It is really wonderful, we will have to call Robin (Laws) and tell her what a great job she did. We appreciate you having your staff there to answer questions and to extend us such a warm welcome.
To schedule a tour of Lucky Three ranch, go to www.luckythree ranch.com, click on "Ranch Tours" and submit a tour request. Please try to submit your request at least two weeks in advance.
Tours of Lucky Three Ranch are free. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
We've got great gifts for all the equine lovers on your list. Here are just a few:
Training Mules and Donkeys is now available on DVD. DVDs of our award-winning, resistance-free correspondence equine-training course include the following:
Purchase videos 1-8 on DVD and receive the 200+-page spiral bound manual Training Without Resistance: From Foal to Advanced Levels, a $19.95 value.
Purchase videos 1-10 on DVD and receive two spiral-bound manuals, Training Without Resistance: From Foal to Advanced Levels and Equine Management and Donkey Training, a $39.90 value.
Training Mules and Donkeys is also available in VHS format. Videotapes are 50% off while supplies last.
A Guide To Raising and Showing Mules
This incredibly detailed book provides a useful introduction to management, care, training and showing. Perfect for that 4-H project and all beginners.
The Jasper the Mule Series
Choose from among any of these enchanting books or collect the whole series.
Jasper: The Story of a Mule animated DVD and Jasper and his Friends Present music CD also make great gifts.
And don't forget the official Jasper the Mule T-shirt available in adult and children's sizes and the Jasper the Mule Hat!
Don't miss our new two-part series on Therapeutic Riding and a special holiday presentation of Jasper: The Story of a Mule, the animated adaptation of the children's book that started it all, and, Jasper: A Labor of Love, the "making of" documentary.
Check your local listing for times.
What's coming up on RFD-TV:
Nov. 28 - Those Magnificent Mules and the Lucky Three Ranch, Pt. 3
Dec. 5 - Those Magnificent Mules and Therapeutic Riding, Pt. 1, Premier!
Dec. 12 - Those Magnificent Mules and Therapeutic Riding, Pt. 2, Premier!
Dec. 19 - A Labor of Love, Special Holiday Presentation!
Dec. 26 - Jasper: The Story of a Mule, Special Holiday Presentation!
Jan. 2 - Reining and Western Riding
Jan. 9 - Jumping
For a full schedule of shows, click here
Reach Your Customers on RFD-TV
RFD-TV now welcomes advertisers, and we've put together a terrific, new advertising package for Training Mules and Donkeys. RFD-TV services more than 28 million homes in all 50 states and beginning Dec. 1, 2007, the station will launch RFD HD, a new 24- hour channel in high definition.
If you'd like more information about advertising rates for Training Mules and Donkeys on RFD-TV and RFD HD, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jasper: A Turkey Tale, the latest adventure in the Jasper the Mule Series, makes a wonderful holiday gift.
Meredith created the Jasper the Mule children's series in order to introduce young people to mules and donkeys and dispel some of the old myths about these wonderful animals. From the beginning, Meredith was committed to creating family-friendly stories that were both entertaining and meaningful and producing quality books that could be passed down from one generation to the next.
The original Jasper: the Story of the Mule and all the holiday-themed sequels that follow tell an on-going story of Jasper and his friends and the adventures and challenges life hands them.
This latest holiday adventure, Jasper: A Turkey Tale, finds Jasper, Moxie and the gang preparing for Thanksgiving. But near disaster threatens their plans, and Jasper and Moxie are stumped by a mysterious visitor. Join in the fun as the two friends try to solve the mystery and along the way, learn the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
Written by Meredith Hodges, with full-color illustration by Tennessee Mule Artist Bonnie Shields.
To find out more about Jasper: A Turkey Tale and the Jasper the Mule series, please visit www.jasperthe mule.com or www.luckythree ranch.com, or call 800-816-7566.
Submit a photo of your special mule or donkey in action and qualify to win a free copy of Training Without Resistance: From Foal to Advanced Levels, a $19.95 value.
Just e-mail your non-returnable photo as a 300 dpi jpg file to email@example.com. Winner will be randomly selected and announced in our next issue on March 4, 2007.
On October 12, I appeared on Meredith's doorstep, looking for a free bed and all, and she took me in-once more. Actually, I was taking the long way around to a three-hour art show in Descanso, Calif., put on by our dear friend, Diane Hunter. Not only is she crazy to put on a three-hour show, four of us artists were crazy enough to show up for it! But, I digress.
I was going the long way because I had a big Christmas painting to deliver to Meredith and eight of our new "Jasper the Mule' resins called "Friends" to also deliver to her. I got to stay two nights and get in on all the activity that always seems to surround the Lucky Three. Also got to visit with some mutual friends and share some of my own "goodies" with everyone in the form of "Dances With Mules" sweatshirts to keep them warm this winter.
From Loveland, I drove to Taos and spent two days with my daughter and granddaughter. Then it was on to just north of Prescott, Ariz., to visit dear friends and mule buddies Bill and Judy Krol in their new place.
The next day, they caravanned with me and we drove to Descanso for the visit/art show on Friday with Diane. A good time was had by all-until the Santa Anna winds kicked up that Sunday and the fires got started. Descanso is 40 miles east of San Diego and I can tell you, we were pretty nervous. I left that Monday morning with southern California on fire and the wind screaming. Had to drive way east before I could turn north and head back to sweet ole Idaho. Had my dog, Lizzie, with me and when the van got tossed so violently on the road, even she got scared. We were glad to get home.
I get to STAY home until Dec. 2, when I take off for the Cowboy Christmas show in Las Vegas during NFR. Can't take my dog with me this time, but I am taking my buddy Kayo Fraser, as her hubby wants to get rid of her for a while, while he paints their house. Look out Las Vegas. The Cowboy Cartoonists are on their way. Yaaa-HOOOOOO! Hope I can control Kayo!
Don't forget, Jasper: A Turkey Tale is now on sale! Visit www.jasperthe mule.com.