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Teaching Good Manners When Training
For more information on good manners, check out the Training Mules and Donkeys DVD series at http://ltran.ch/tmddvd, or TMD Episode 2: The Mule Foal, 15: Showmanship Review, and 17: Donkey Training, Part 1 at http://ltran.ch/tmdvod, and download the Training Tip Tutorial at http://ltran.ch/ttt014
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Question: How do I stop my mule from bolting on the lead line?
Answer: Be clear and consistent with your equines. The Lucky Three equines (including our horses and ponies) are all trained to come when they are called, stand back to wait their turn, and to come through gates and turn around to have their halters put on easily upon request. Always negotiate gates exactly the same way every time no matter how many animals you are leading.
Being clear and consistent in your handling practices with a carefully planned reward system - not bribery - will enhance the pleasure and safety you will experience during interaction with your equine! Carry a reward of crimped oats in a fanny pack strapped around your waist to command his complete attention. When we take the lead rope in our right hand and walk forward, we inadvertently interfere with their balance by subtlely pulling their head and neck from side to side. They balance with their head and neck. They get tired of being knocked off balance and most will eventually just LEAVE!
Always lead with your equine’s head at your shoulder, hold the lead rope in your left hand and point in the direction of travel with your right hand. This gives him something to follow forward with no interference with his balance and gives you a free hand to push him back into position should he try to pass you, or cross in front of you. Always walk straight lines and gradual arcs to enable him to keep equal weight over all four feet as he travels, and when he turns. Your equine should not lean, but rather, bend through his rib cage while staying erect in his body. Every single time you stop, square him up with equal weight over all four feet, reward him with the crimped oats and then WAIT for him to completely finish chewing before you ask him to go forward again. When you do things consistently this way, he becomes completely responsible for his own self-carriage and balance will no longer be an issue. The routine will become familiar to him and he will be happier to follow you wherever you want to go, keeping slack in the rope at all times. Our approach to training will help you to always get the very best from your equine and what's more...they will look forward to being with you, with or without the lead rope!
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Since 1967, the ADMS is one of the largest donkey and Mule registries and provides an informative, bi-monthly magazine titled THE BRAYER for a nominal membership cost of $27.00 ($37.00 in Canada, $50.00 overseas US Funds only). Although we lost Betsy several years ago, she is always with us in spirit. We honor Paul Hutchins and Leah Patton, with the help of their crew, carry on the with the American Donkey & Mule Society registry and club obligations to our members.
Thank you all for your enthusiasm for our beloved Longears and for your continued efforts on their behalf!
The American Donkey & Mule Society
PO Box 1210
Lewisville, Texas 75067
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NEW JASPER BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!
Author, Meredith Hodges, and illustrator, Bonnie Shields, are proud to introduce a brand new book to their JASPER THE MULE series of books
and videos, “JASPER: AN APRIL MULE’S DAY!
Enjoy the hijinks of yet another JASPER & MOXIE adventure as they
experience the perils of April Fools’ Day!
Jasper the Mule, Bonnie Shields and Meredith reading the brand new book!
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The "faithful" all met in Bishop, Ca May 22 to the 26th. Meredith, me and her "crew" were all there in the midst of the celebration of number 50 for Bishop Mule Days, and it wuz GRAND! Unfortunately, the weather was iffy and cold and wet a lot of the time, cutting the grandstand crowd down for some of the performances, but parade day was just perfect.
Some of you are aware of the famous 20 mule Borax teams and wagons, and that Bishop sports the new authentic re-creations of same for Mule Days. Not everyone is aware that our heroine, Miss Meredith, has been a major contributor and supporter of that recreation project, and this year, just in time, the final wagon was done and hooked to the rest of the wagons. We are talking about the water wagon that brings up the rear of the string. It is done and it is marvelous, just like the two big wagons it follows, and it followed Jasper, Meredith and I in the front wagon in the parade. What an honor, and for a mule freak like me, looking up the backs of 18 mules and the two horses on the tongue and Bobby Tanner with that long rope to the left leader mule is something I will forever treasure.
The kick-off of the new Jasper book, “An April Mule's Day," was a success and feed-back is pretty much lots of grins and giggles. Good job, Jasper.
So, I now sit in my office and try to make heads-and-tails of the business end of this years adventure. Not the fun part, but it has to be done. Lots of promised projects on my calendar to keep me occupied for months yet, so don't fear, I am not bored. Hope your summer is good to you--and your mule if you are lucky enough to have one--or two or etc.
Happy Trails everyone.
Visit our Lucky Three Ranch
to purchase new art from
Tennessee Mule Artist
And don’t forget to visit her website
to find out more
about the Wild and Wonderful World of Bonnie Shields,
Tennessee Mule Artist, Cowboy Cartoonist and True Artist!
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Change hits like lightning. One can never be prepared for EVERYTHING, but one should be prepared for as much as possible. Floods, fires, drought. Pastures rotting. Roads swept away...every day is a challenge, but equine owners are a tough breed. Know your animals, know how they will react in a situation (that being said, no one can ever predict 100% what an equine will do). Halter train them, even if they are pasture pets. Keep up with their routine vet work - but try not to neglect your own health and well-being. Make sure your neighbor/house sitter/best friend knows yours and their routine. Make sure you have vital records stored in a safe location - and make sure your own papers are up to date like wills and trusts and beneficiaries!
It's going to be a funny summer, after this funny winter (Parts of the country are still having winter)! Let's do like our motto from the Renaissance Faire, where we are all improvisational actors. Take what comes at you, grab it, wrestle it into submission, bend like a reed in the wind.
We hope that everyone will have a LESS eventful summer and enjoy some trail riding, or at least water-skiing across your pasture behind your favorite mule.
Until next time,
Leah Patton, office manager, ADMS
The Am. Donkey & Mule Soc.
PO Box 1210, Lewisville TX 75067
Newsletter: the BRAYER magazine 76+ pgs 6X/yr, $27 US, $37 Canada, $50 overseas. We now accept Paypal,Visa/MC (+$1 courtesy fee appreciated). Reg info, forms, fees on our website at http://www.lovelongears.com/main.htm