Mules are so definitive

Trimming around the corral.

Mother Nature made them this way. Decisive on their likes and dislikes, they are judgmental animals. You might say they view things in black and white. Either they like it or they absolutely don’t. It’s not that the mule has ESP or can read your mind, but he is very good at reading the situation. And a mule isn’t going to work at something that he doesn’t like.

Mules are sensitive; they have a keen sense of smell, acute hearing and they are athletic like his horse mother. The thinking side of the mule comes from his father the jack. This is what makes this hybrid a unique animal to work with. Their high sense of self-preservation is what makes the mule an excellent trail partner. They certainly won’t allow them to be in a situation that could cause them harm.

Comfort is everything to the mule. They will not tolerate ill treatment or endure incorrectly fitted tack, saddles or a saddle pad that does not allow for good wear or comfort. Behavior issues will quickly develop if the mule is in discomfort or suffering from pain. A mule that is experiencing discomfort may toss his head, try to rush downhill, buck, kick out, move sideways, gape at the mouth or even rear.

If the mule’s negative behavior escalates, a vet or massage therapist may be the answer.

If you are needing to find an answer for your situation I am glad to talk with you. Call or text 314-971-0208 or email me cindy@everycowgirlsdream.com. www.everycowgirlsdream.com/store.html

Author: Cindy K Roberts

Cindy K. Roberts has a lifetime experience with training horses and mules; her obsession began while spending time with the family pony at age 2. She credits her grandfather, Lieutenant Wilton Willmann a sharpshooter and muleskinner of the U.S. Army Cavalry (stationed in Fort Riley, Camp Perry, Fort Leavenworth circa 1924) of gifting her with the insight on mules; and the desire to study and work with them. Cindy is host of Mule Talk! The podcast about mules and ranch lifestyle. She enjoys the western way of life, educating new mule owners in working with their own mules, hosting mule events and documenting her own adventures to keep the cowgirl spirit alive.