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Meredith gets a lot of letters and emails from people with training questions about their equines. Here, she talks about how to best communicate with your equine.
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Question: My mule won’t stand still and stop pawing. How do I teach him to stand still?
Answer: Longears love routine! You can greatly reduce your Longears' anxiety and bad behaviors by having a familiar place where he is groomed and tacked up. Younger equines in particular will tend to be impatient and will exhibit anxious behaviors. Being patient, respectful and consistent in your approach helps him to relax and enjoy being with you. Try to be understanding and ignore their anxious behaviors. Ask them to stand still only for the time you are doing something with them. They will generally respond to your presence by standing still if you just do a quick slap under the belly and say, “No!” Then as soon as they stand still, immediately give their reward of crimped oats and do what you need to do. They will learn that you are being fair, they enjoy their time with you and being herd bound is no longer a problem. Learn a lot more on my website at www.luckythreeranch.com under TRAINING and in the STORE. LEARN TOGETHER...EXCEL TOGETHER!
From Our Visitors
“This was our June Day Trip for 56 people in our group. When we arrived at the location, we were greeted by very professional ladies, showing us where to park our charter bus and assuring us that they were anticipating our arrival. The host of our tour was Meredith Hodges, world-recognized authority on training donkeys and mules to championship status. The tour was 2-1/2 hours in duration, including a 40-minute video of things to be covered in the tour. The stalls for her animals were immaculately maintained with clean sawdust and plenty of water and chemical-free nutritious feed. Throughout the tour, she would show and explain about the many bronze statuary located throughout the ranch. Our people really enjoyed the tour and were very vocal about things they did not know about mules and their forebears.”
“Beyond Expectations - Unimaginable, A Must See!”
“I hardly know where to begin. It was the most fascinating, educational, and informative experience that went far beyond our expectations! We spent 4 hours with Meredith, her staff and of course her 'Longears'. Beyond belief how her philosophy, and love regarding the care, treatment and training of these wonderful animals has made champions of them. After meeting Meredith's Longears, and learning about their remarkable abilities - I can no longer think of mules as dumb or stubborn but rather as amazing. This is a MUST for anyone in or near the Loveland area. You simply cannot afford to miss this opportunity! Meredith, thank you for allowing us into your life and into that of your precious Longears. What an unforgettable experience. I wish you continued success.”
From Our Readers
Jasper: The Story Of A Mule by Meredith Hodges
“When I was a young boy, my father would read to us from Uncle Wiggly books. Uncle Wiggly was a rabbit. Later, in elementary school, our teachers would read from Freddy the Detective books. Freddy was a pig. Later, I read to myself, books in which the main characters were animals, but no mules.
Now as an old man, I finally read a child’s book in which the main character is a mule. The book, Jasper, The Story Of A Mule was written by Meredith Hodges and illustrated by Bonnie Shields (more about these two later). I wish I had young kids or grankids that I could read this book to, or have them read it to me however, I don’t. But, I can still highly recommend it for others. Jasper is a young mule learning to go over obstacles, sold to a rancher, saddled and ridden, learning to be a cow mule, being in a fire, Oh, heck, buy it and read the book to your kids. I guarantee a few nights of pure enjoyment.
If one reads a history of western exploration and settlement, one finds mules up there with cowboys, stagecoach robberies, Bat Masterson, cattle drives and other things we associate with the west.
Besides that, it is fun to read about new things.
Meredith Hodges lives on the Lucky Three Ranch in Loveland, CO. She is a writer, trainer, mule judge and makes movies. Google www.LuckyThreeRanch.com to see more of her books.
Bonnie Shields, who illustrated the book is known as the mule artist. She is a founding member of Cowboy Cartoonists International (google this group to see more about fine cowboy cartoonists) for more about her, go to www.bonnieshields.com.
I cannot say enough about how well the author’s prose and the illustrator’s pictures fit each other.
The other day, while at the doctors, I was asked what I did for fun. I told the MD, I review books for Rope Burns. What’s the latest book you read? My reply was Jasper, the Story Of A Mule. Wow! Kids books was her reply, that sounds like fun. Get the book for your kids, get in on the fun.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS JASPER THE MULE BOOK AND ALL THE JASPER PRODUCTS!
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The LTR BLOG has stories from around the world. ABOUT LTR tells about Meredith and the Lucky Three Ranch, TRAINING has Questions & Answers, Mule Facts, Video TRAINING TIPS, VIDEO ON DEMAND (RFD-TV Shows and more) MULE CROSSING articles, LONGEARS MUSIC videos, Misc. Music Videos, What's New With Roll? (Story of the Rescue Draft Mules, ROCK & ROLL), Another Augie & Spuds Adventure (Training miniature donkeys) and Wrangler's Donkey Diary (Management & training of our new donkey gelding). Check out our TOURS (personalized clinics) and keep up with the latest developments in the equine industry with RESOURCES/NEWS (Longears Calendar of Events, Classifieds, Longears Clubs, Therapeutic Riding, Equine Rescues, Equine Welfare in the News, Wild Mustangs/Burros Campaign and Horse Slaughter facts & FAQ's).
And of course, you are welcome to peruse our STORE.
This website is like no other! WE AIM TO PLEASE!
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 with their latest edition,
JASPER: AN APRIL MULE’S DAY
And don’t forget to visit
JASPER’S NEW & IMPROVED WEBSITE
for lots of fun, entertainment and the ultimate
Longears Learning experience!
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Is it spring yet??? Gee, I HOPE it is spring yet! But this is north Idaho and I know better. There is still white stuff all over the place and Iris, my mule, is still hairy and collecting dirt.
Luckily, no more falls on the ice but I am sure being careful these days. However, I am truly sick of snow boots, cleats and changing footwear 2 or 3 times a day. Encourage me here.
Been working on a book for some sweet folks in Nevada and have several more such assignments waiting in the wings, so I have been busy--when not fighting ice. Also, sneaking up on Bishop preparations. That keeps my mind on the future and maybe some sunshine and fun times. I'll miss my buddy Debi Gulo, but have an innocent mule-loving volunteer all lined up to take her place this year. Was hoping for some young, handsome feller to go with me and do all that heavy lifting but, old ladies just don't get those kind of offers anymore. Bummer.
Hope everyone's winter has been good to them and they have gotten a lot of stuff done over these long days. Somehow, things around here don't really get cleared out like I keep hoping they will and instead, MORE just keeps coming in the door! Place is looking like a MUSEUM!! Maybe Meredith can use this stuff FOR the MULE MUSEUM we are planning for. One can hope, can't they?
Keep 'em tight till spring out there,
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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Checking and cross checking.
Humans are forgetful. We get so many things going in our brains at once that sometime we have THAT THOUGHT right at the forefront, and then boing... something happens and we go off on a tangent, and that item gets forgotten. Whether it was to add sour cream to the shopping list or make sure the farrier visit is scheduled for a Tuesday and not a Thursday or remembering to sort the clean old towels and restock the foaling kit - that task may resurface later or it may be lost.
Making lists can help. We rely on electronics for many things these days - smart phones, email, social media. This can be helpful in that you have a written note in front of you in your email folder (which I personally find to be most helpful in dealing with animal names, that way it is more likely to be correct in written form than translating from the phone to a paper note). But a paper note, DATED and clearly written, can be just as useful. Don't be afraid to look at paperwork, make notes (sticky notes are your friend) and leave reminders for yourself.
Look at your animal paperwork when in comes in, make sure everything is correct. Sometimes there are mistakes, and sometimes one has to accept fault. A typo, information that wasn't given correctly, both of these things are common. That's one reason we ask people to make sure they copy both sides of applications, since vital information in on the back side. That's all the notes we have gathered up over the years.
We get asked a lot of questions in a similar vein. We've written out the notes so many times there are standard answers saved in email. We understand. People forget. Or they misremember. We get it. That's why we keep written notes to each other in the office, use email and Facebook private message rather than talk on the phone. It's a cross check for us as well. It saves some time and frustration. Hopefully, that good old pen and paper can help you avoid frustration as well. It's foaling and breeding time, so get out that notebook, find a pen with flowing ink, and make notes. Record signs of foaling in your jennets, her heat cycles, and please, please don't forget accurate breeding notes. Help the breed in the long run by having accurate pedigrees on your animals, from verified matings. The EU is moving towards much stricter rules for all livestock and it may mean a change in the way our European friends can purchase donkeys. And it's all going to come down to a lot of paperwork, checking and crosschecking. It's never too late to start better habits!
Until later, tucked behind mounds of paperwork,
Leah Patton, office manager, ADMS
The Am. Donkey & Mule Soc.
PO Box 1210, Lewisville TX 75067
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