Horses · Lessons from a Mule

Lessons from a Mule #10- Persistence pays off.

After the Christmas parade debacle, Miss Mule was mad at me for a solid 3 months. She wouldn’t get anywhere near a trailer without an absurd amount of effort on my part, she didn’t want to be ridden, and she was generally salty. You may ask how I know that she didn’t want to be… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #10- Persistence pays off.

Horses · Olaf the Gentle Giant

Why You Should Train Your Horse so the Farrier Doesn’t Have To

I am a big believer in manners, for both people and horses. I recently acquired Olaf, a Belgian draft horse that is in need of some TLC. He had his first farrier visit a week and a half after I brought him home. To my horror, he was AWFUL. I can’t be blamed entirely because… Continue reading Why You Should Train Your Horse so the Farrier Doesn’t Have To

Horses · Lessons from a Mule

Trailer Loading the Slow, Gentle Way

Whenever I run into a training problem with my equines, it always bums me out. It’s like when your kid does something really stupid and you wonder what you could have done better as a parent to prevent it. But always on the other side of any training issue I realize that I learned something… Continue reading Trailer Loading the Slow, Gentle Way

Horses · Lessons from a Mule

Lessons from a Mule #7- The Mule is Not a Dog.

I think my biggest mistake in working with my horses is that I take things too personally. I make lots of mistakes, and I’m forever learning better ways to work with my equines, but the biggie for me is that I get my feelings hurt when they don’t behave. I take it as a personal… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #7- The Mule is Not a Dog.