Recent Posts

Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10
General Horse and Mule forum / Re: Need advise on first horses
« Last post by saddlesore on May 13, 2017, 03:15:40 PM »
Yep Sorry for the injury. Stay away from Craigslist.
General Horse and Mule forum / Re: Need advise on first horses
« Last post by Rt520 on May 12, 2017, 04:49:50 PM »
Well 2 weeks ago I went to look at a horse I was interested in on Craigslist. It was a 12 year old gelding with experience packing and I was told broke for anyone to ride asking $3500. Long story short the horse bucked me off and I ended up with a concussion, spent the afternoon in the ER and had to get Ct scans done. I have no memory from anything that day. I'm doing well now and will continue my search in a few more weeks... also no I didn't buy that horse  ;D
Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by saddlesore on May 10, 2017, 03:15:25 PM »
Yea,it's been pretty slow for over a year now. Welcome though
General Camp Fire Discussion / Hope For Warriors Foundation
« Last post by ShooterScott on May 10, 2017, 01:29:07 PM »
"Hope For the Warriors" is really a great cause for US Vets, and they have recently teamed up with OpticsPlanet for a terrific partnership. 

Just a quick excerpt from the campaign:

"You can help by making a purchase, no matter how big or small, and trigger a donation to support our nation's heroes and their families. As part of this campaign, will make a minimum donation of $20,000. "

Here is the link for more information if interested.  Gear Up for a Cause 
Introductions / Re: Hello
« Last post by ShooterScott on May 10, 2017, 01:23:21 PM »
Hey, I'm fairly new as well (haven't been posting too much).  Welcome aboard!
Introductions / Hello
« Last post by wyomingcowboy on May 10, 2017, 06:56:47 AM »
Hello from Central Wyoming at the foot of the Wind River Range. In looking around here I don't see too many recent posts but I hope that changes!
Horse and Mule Packers Forum / Re: breeching
« Last post by saddlesore on May 02, 2017, 03:11:43 PM »
Here is a good read about new mules and new owners
Horse and Mule Packers Forum / Re: breeching
« Last post by saddlesore on April 30, 2017, 02:56:40 PM »
Hey, you are real close to me. I am about 12 miles east of Monument. Would you be along HWY 83?  I use to ride in the area that is now Castlewood  Canyon par. I'd like to get together sometime.

Yea,I will need some hay this year. I  usually feed 3 x3's ,but I am going to have a shoulder replacement next spring,so I need about 50 small bales of grass so I can handle them one handed and then about 6-8  big 3x3x 8 bales , I can't do the4x4's or round bales.

Since everything seems to be wearing out on me,I cut the number of mules down I had. One is over by Grand Junction, another is up at Meeker on a pack string. I ha d to go to smaller mules so I could still throw  a pack on and my saddle. pack mule is 13 hds and my saddle mule is 13-2.

My hunting buddy had to quit riding and he has a big walker mule about 16 hds and another smaller one about 14 or14-2. He has been going back and forth about selling them. I have used both  at times.

I think Tom Mowery is going to have a clinic up around Kiowa soon. I have known Tom for more than 30 years. He again teaches communication rather than training the mule. May 6th.  His clinics are advertised on FB. Usually in the group Rocky Mountain Mule Enthusiasts.

PM me and I wlll send my email address.
Horse and Mule Packers Forum / Re: breeching
« Last post by Spade Creek on April 30, 2017, 12:15:05 PM »
Thanks again Saddlesore.  I will take your advice, I can tell your a man who speaks from experience.  If you ever find yourself needing some hay I am still selling some.  I live ten miles southeast of Castle Rock and would sure like to visit with someone of your knowledge of mules and the like.
Horse and Mule Packers Forum / Re: breeching
« Last post by saddlesore on April 30, 2017, 10:01:04 AM »
It takes a while for a mule to settle in with a new owner. That can be anywhere from a few weeks to over a year.It depends on what type of treatment that mule had  by the previous owner and what it receives from the new owner. A good analogy is "have you ever borrowed someone else's dog and had it listen to you." Same type of thing.

He doesn't respect or trust you.Until that happens , he can go along in his ways.When that clicks,you will find you have  a whole nother mule on your hands.

I don't think changing the bit is the answer. You might try working him in a bosal. Mules  think a lot more of their nose than their mouth.

You should be using the same techniques as a horse,but take it slow.Just to gain the mule's confidence,I would start back at square one like it didn't know anything.  A lot of sitting on him and  flexing the neck/head both ways ,back around to you softly.. Maybe the mule has not ever been started neck reining. You nee do find out what it knows and maybe what steps were short-cutted in his training.

Maybe a clinic would help you. A lot of them now deals with mulemanship. Communicating with the mule, .How they think and react. It is more about teaching the human instead of the mule.

Paul Garrison III down in Medina TX, Ty Evans  in Utah travel all over the US . Merideth Hodges ( has some good videos . I think videos would help more than reads.Western Mule is a good magazine to pick up a lot of tips. The Natural Superiority of Mules is  a good book.More of general knowledge than training

I'd not put much faith in Max Bishop in Arkansas, Joe Bice in NM,Virgil Gist in TX.

There is group on FB  " The mule"  run by Clay Austin inIowa that helps a lot.
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 10