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Mules are typically broader in the forehead, compared to a horse's head. This is why horse headstalls do not give adequate or comfortable fit to a mule. Physically and mentally, the mule is a different animal all together. Understand that tight fitting headstalls will often contribute to a mule developing ear shyness, of not wanting his ears touched. Poor fitting tack will encourage problems to develop within your mule. You want to give your mule the advantage, if you mule is comfortable wearing his tack, chances are he will be a willing partner on the trail.
This information is for you to consider when purchasing any headstall/bridle for your mule:
Measure for the brow band from just to the left of the left ear to just pass the right ear as shown in A - B. A properly fitted browband should be comfortable; just loose enough to get two fingers under the measuring tape.
Measure for the nose band around the mule's nose (see letter C) this is typically where the halter nose band rests. Ideally you should be able to fit 2 fingers underneath the noseband when properly fitted. This is the only measurement I need to get your mule into the correct size whoa mule lariat noseband.
The mule pictured right is wearing the Whoa Mule Hackamore bridle with the futurity browband. Bit to bit measurement is from the top of the noseband up the cheeks, over the poll area and down to the opposite top side of the noseband. The bridle can be adjusted to place the Whoa Mule noseband higher but should not be placed lower than what is shown here or you will not get effective control through the hardware that is placed underneath the jaw. Complete instructions on proper use and how to adjust your bridle is included with your purchase of the Whoa Mule Hackamore.
The hardware works underneath the jaw area on the mule. When rein pressure is applied, the hardware applies pressure underneath the jaw working in conjunction with the noseband that pulls the mule's nose back down to where it should be.
This is an effective piece of equipment to use in your training program. Once your mule has overcome his bit behavior issues, you can go back and use a bit that your mule likes, or keep on using the Whoa Mule Hackamore bridle. More mules prefer using the Whoa Mule Hackamore bridle over having a bit placed in their mouth.
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