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My name is Cindy Roberts, head honcho, and developer of Every Cowgirl's Dream. My website is a passionate testimony to my equine skills and knowledge that is useful to mule owners that are facing behavioral and training issues with their own animals. Here, you will find my published mule training articles along with my mule training books. This website is excellent information for anyone that desires to have a better understanding of mules, and what makes them click. I believe that you have to understand the heart and language of the mule and horse before you are able to successfully ask them to do anything. When your mule or horse realizes that you have that ability, it creates a desire within him to want to bond and be with you. They then become confident animals that are willing to perform, work is no longer tedious and school becomes fun for both of you. Their curiosity continues to grow while you have opened a door to a lifetime of their learning. If I can assist you in any way, I'd love to hear from you. Enjoy and keep riding.
Retraining The Hard-Mouth Mule
A runaway mule is a dangerous thing. Oftentimes, the (out of control) mule is lacking in his foundation training, to begin with, which enables the mule to easily become fearful in a situation that he cannot handle. Once the mule has spooked from an object or from a buildup of stress (i.e. time bomb scenario) the end result is running away with a rider that no longer has control. To make matters worse, the rider usually decides to use a more controlling bit or a corrective type of bit that the animal has not been trained to carry in his mouth. This actually adds fuel to the fire, because in a matter of time, the mule will learn to grab hold of the bit (that is causing him pain), raise his head and take off; once again you have a runaway mule.
Typically the non-responsive mule is sold to a new owner and the cycle continues. By then, the mule has developed the habit of getting above the bit when he wants to, by ignoring/evading the rider’s seat, leg, and rein aids all to avoid completing a task. During this process, the mule will often times develop anxiety or intense nervousness simply because he knows he will be punished and the end result is a confirmed runaway.
I wrote this book hoping to keep riders safe and in control while in the saddle. Riders who are able to maintain a sense of control in their mule are much better handlers with confidence. They also have the ability to develop that confidence within their own mule. My book, Re-training The Hard Mouth Mule will enable you as the rider/handler to develop control and confidence. You will also learn how to develop lightness in your mule as well.
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