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Synopsis: Preparing for a mule show can be a lot of work, but with adequate planning and proper organization, you'd be surprised what Longears Lovers can accomplish. Learn Meredith's secrets for getting your animals, transportation, clothing, and gear ready for the show in advance.
Keywords: shows, preparation, organization, transportation, clothing, gear, rehearsals, competitions

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Synopsis: A straightforward explanation of what to expect should you decide to try dressage with your equine. Learn how dressage can help condition your animal's body for athletic competition and improve the effectiveness of your leg, seat, and rein cues.
Keywords: dressage, cues, competitions, shows, levels, conditioning, combined training

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Synopsis: An experienced mule or donkey is ideal for numerous driving activities. Longears' natural sensibility, responsiveness to verbal cues, and calm demeanor make them the equine of choice whether you're driving in a parade or in the arena of a driving competition.
Keywords: driving, parades, competitions, marathon driving, recreation, therapeutic riding

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Take our training with you on the go! Our specially designed field cards include the most vital information from each section of Training Mules and Donkeys in a clear, easy-to-read format, yet are small enough to carry with you in the field—when you need those tips the most. Whether you choose to laminate them, add your own notes to them, or hang an extra copy on your tack room wall, these cards are an invaluable addition to your training tools. Available as an instant PDF digital download, field cards can be printed from home immediately upon purchase!

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Synopsis: A Mule can be a wonderful companion to help rehabilitate both the body and the mind. Meet Jack Copp and hear the story of how his mule "Joker" got him back on his feet after a crippling accident.
Keywords: Jack Copp, rehabilitation, companionship, training, tricks

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Synopsis: Learn Meredith's philisophy on being a show judge and helping exhibitors improve through objective assesment and positive interaction.
Keywords: shows, judging, exhibitions, objectivity, competitions, rules

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Synopsis: From biblical Jerusalem to the arenas of modern equestrian competition, Longears have played an integral role in the history of humanity. When faced with a challenge, stop, look, listen with your heart as well as your ears; your donkey has much to teach you.
Keywords: historical, biblical, characteristics, contributions

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - LTR Training Principles Philosophy
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Synopsis: An examination of the philosophy behind the Lucky Three Ranch training techniques. Focus on developing a relationship with your equine based on tust and communication.
Keywords: training, positive reinforcement, behavior modification, body language, philosophy, Little Jack Horner

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - Mule Fever, Part 1
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Synopsis: Experience the phenomena known as "Mule Fever" Symptoms include: childlike behavior coupled with loyalty, integrity, honesty, maturity, humility and moments of overwhelming humor.
Keywords: Bishop Mule Days, transportation, recreation, historical, memories

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - Mule Fever, Part 2
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Synopsis: Meredith recounts the story of a harrowing hunting trip in which a trusted mule lead the party to safety. Learn helpful tips about taking your Longeared companion with you on your outdoor adventures.
Keywords: hunting, packing, historical, mountains, travel, recreation

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - Mules at Molokai
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Synopsis: Mules are the equine of choice for packing and riding into untamed wilderness. Read about a community in Hawaii that uses mules to safely transport visitors along the Kalaupapa Trail.
Keywords: packing, riding, mountains, Hawaii, tourism, recreation

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Synopsis: Just like humans, mules must stay active all year round to stay healthy. Learn Meredith's tips for keeping your equine safe in inclement weather and ideas for different things to do with your mule in the winter.
Keywords: winter, recreation, weather, parades, games, gymkhana

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Synopsis: From forming a committee to choosing judges, planning a budget and booking a veterinarian, there are many things to do when Organizing a Mule Show. When roles and responsibilities are outlined clearly, the team will have a greater chance of executing a smooth and successful Mule Show.
Keywords: shows, organization, judging, crew, preparation, competitions

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - Racing Mules
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Synopsis: Mules emerge from the pack and joing the fast-paced world of Racing. Mules generally run races of 300 to 350 yards and have benefitted from improved athleticism from breeding.
Keywords: racing, historical, athleticism, match races, western-style races

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Synopsis: In a fast paced and dynamic world, riding side saddle can be a chance for equestrians to practice elegance. Learn about the three distinct types of riding side saddle and how it can help build a more well-rounded education in the art of horsemanship.
Keywords: sidesaddle, riding, English, western, period, tips, dressage

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Synopsis: If you are going to get your equine trained by a professional, choosing the right one is of the utmost importance. Learn Meredith's approach to finding a trainer and evaluating their facility. Establishing a good rapport with your trainer will encourage open discussion of goals and expectations.
Keywords: training, trainers, tips, facilities, character, personality

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - Showing Equines
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Synopsis: Twenty years after the establishment of the American Donkey and Mule Society, appreciation for Longears has gained momentum. Even if you feel that your animal is not of show quality, you can still attend and learn a lot about showmanship, grooming and training skills. There are now enough mule and donkey shows that anyone wanting to get involved can do so in a practical way.
Keywords: shows, ADMS, donkeys, showmanship, fears, mistakes, transportation, politics

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Synopsis: Are you ready to show your mule in harness? Get Meredith's insight on what a judge looks for in a driving class of mules. From working on your mule's manners and conditioning to choosing the right vehicle for him, learn what it takes to show in harness successfully.
Keywords: shows, driving, manners, conditioning, movement, vehicle, judging

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - Suitability of Mules for Children
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Synopsis: As with any Equine choosing the right individual for your child is of primary importance. Learn simple steps for assessing whether a Mule or Donkey has the right disposition to be ridden by a child.
Keywords: children, jacks, jennets, geldings, commands, disposition, personality

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - Train with a Professional
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Synopsis: A professional trainer can help your animal develop proper carriage, stamina, and confidence. A mule that is calm and easy to handle is truly a joy and a pleasure to his owner.
Keywords: training, trainers, conditioning, exercises, professional

mulecrossing200.jpg Download - Winter Fun With Your Mule
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Synopsis: Just like humans, mules must stay active all year round to stay healthy. Learn Meredith's tips for keeping your equine safe in inclement weather and ideas for different things to do with your mule in the winter.
Keywords: winter, recreation, weather, parades, games, gymkhana

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Synopsis: Although bitless and even brideless riding are gaining in popularity, internationally recognized equine authority Meredith Hodges explains in clear and concise language why, when training your animal to ride, using a snaffle bit is a better and much safer way to go.

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Synopsis: Just like people, each equine is an individual, so they are not all cut out for the same uses. In this article, world-renowned equine expert Meredith Hodges uses her three-plus decades of hands-on experience to explain just how to judge your equine and decide which activities will work best for each individual animal. This article pertains to horses as well as mules and donkeys, and is a must-read for all equine lovers.

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Synopsis: Mule-breeding has come a long way from the past reliance on mares deemed "unsuitable" for horse-breeding. Now, more carefully organized breeding programs aim to produce mules that are superior in overall appearance and athletic ability, including Meredith's loyal and personable Trakehner cross, "Vicki."
Keywords: breeding, Little Jack Horner, jacks, mares, Trakehner cross

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Choosing the Right Bit
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Synopsis: The difference between the wrong and right bit can make all the difference between a fractious, unhappy, uncooperative animal and a communicative, sensitive, relaxed animal. In this article, Meredith explains the many bit choices that are available, the purpose of both the snaffle and the curb bit, and how the right bit will benefit your particular mule and your own level of experience.

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Synopsis: The ability to choose the right donkey jack for your breeding program is a multi-layered and widely diverse skill in itself. Meredith Hodges, world-renown equine expert and award-winning breeder, breaks down the complexities of this extremely important task into clear, sensible steps. This article takes the mystery out of the breeding-jack selection process so you, too, can be an informed, responsible breeder.
Keywords: jacks, breeding, physical, ideal, disposition

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Do Mules Need to Be Shod?
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Synopsis: Although those familiar with mules might assume that they don’t need to be shod, the necessity for shoes depends on the individual animal and the quality of their hoof. Considerations of climate, terrain, and usage of the mule should also influence this important decision.

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Synopsis: This article contains a wealth of information about the loveable, loyal but sometimes unpredictable, donkey jack. Meredith Hodges takes you through just how to get the most from your jack—from correct and safe housing to temperament and personality traits to correct breeding procedures to the all-important safety measures you’ll need to know to have a happy, healthy and rewarding experience with your donkey jack.
Keywords: jacks, breeding, aggression, comfort, routine

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Equine Behavior: Look Who's Talking! Part 1
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Synopsis: Understanding the capabilities of your mule begins with an understanding of the psychologies and social structures of their ancestral bloodlines. While horses, donkeys, and mules all have certain characteristics and responses that may be common within their particular species and breeds, individuals personalities can of course greatly vary.
Keywords: horses, donkeys, breeding, psychology, personality, phrenology, maturation

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Equine Behavior: Look Who's Talking! Part 2
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Synopsis: Part two of this three-part series continues to discuss the evolution of mankind's understanding of equine behavior, from the ancient Greeks to primitive behaviorists to pioneers in what would evolve into modern-day equine psychology. Today's equine and rider can benefit greatly from the practical application of behavioral science.
Keywords: historical, international, psychology, behavior, personality, training

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Synopsis: Part three in this series explains the significance of slow and steady conditioning of your equine in body and mind and techniques for allowing your animal to actually help you guide its progress. Breeding is also discussed, as is animal selection, both what to look for and - maybe even more importantly - what to look out for.
Keywords: historical, dressage, training, conditioning, riding, gaits, breeding

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Fitting Tack and Equipment
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Synopsis: A saddle that is too loose. A browband that is too tight. An ill-fitting surcingle or crupper. When your equine’s tack doesn’t fit right, nobody wins and things can get down-right dangerous. Meredith Hodges, world-renowned equine expert, gives you her valuable insights on essential tack equipment dos and don’ts.

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Synopsis: In honor of Mule Appreciation Day, world-renowned equine authority and longears lover, Meredith Hodges, shares her thoughts on the noble mule. She explores how, with faith, courage and determination, America’s pioneers worked side-by-side with mules and donkeys to carve a great nation out of the vast and untamed wilderness.

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Synopsis: Miniature horses, donkeys and mules all have one thing in common…everyone else is taller than they are! Because of their pint-sized demeanor, Meredith has developed a unique approach to training that is tailored specifically to their needs. In the first of this three-part article, you will learn the basics about training minis.

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Synopsis: In Part 2 of this three-part article, Meredith continues her discussion about the specifics of mini equine training exercises, mini tack and harness needs, how minis can benefit by being trained alongside other equines, and more.

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Synopsis: In the third and final installment of this article, Meredith takes you through the ins and outs of training methods that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of this sweet, fun, intelligent and big-hearted breed—the mini horse, mule or donkey.

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Synopsis: While training any equine for saddle or driving, the leading stage of training - both on flat ground and over obstacles - is critical for conditioning the core muscles that support the skeletal frame. Exercise training tips discussed include ground rails, cavaletti, the bridge, the tarp, tractor tires, jumps, trailers, lunging, and ground driving.
Keywords: mule training exercises, obstacles, showmanship, jumps, trailers, lunging, ground driving

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Handling Your Mule's Ears
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Synopsis: If a mule is handled often and properly, he should be no more sensitive about his ears than he is about any other part of his body. However, if he is rarely handled, mishandled or handled roughly, he can become quite sensitive about any part of his body and, in particular, his ears. You must use quiet, gentle perseverance to win out in making your mule’s ears desensitized and manageable.

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Synopsis: Whether you and your equines are traveling to a local show or going on a much longer trek, the correct preparation ahead of time can turn a potentially stressful ordeal into an enjoyable experience. This article gives you the information you need to keep your equines safe and happy en route, so your long-distance hauls can become fun and memorable road trips.

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Synopsis: Learn how practicing good manners can help you, both in teaching good manners to your equine and in using them yourself in your dealings with your animal. It has been proven that animals respond much better and become more mentally engaged when we treat them the same way we like to be treated; with respect, kindness, patience and compassion.

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Synopsis: It has been proven that animals exposed to imprinting not only develop better coping skills in dealing with life’s day-to-day challenges, but are actually more likely to thrive as a result of imprinting. Although imprinting is usually associated with newborns, Meredith Hodges feels that an equine of any age can benefit from imprinting training and should be introduced to this crucial learning process as soon as possible. In this in-depth article, Meredith explains the imprinting techniques she uses on her own animals and how imprinting training can help your equine.

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Synopsis: World-renowned equine expert and longears lover, Meredith Hodges, uses historical fact, amusing legends, stories of longears heroism and her own amazing personal experiences to illustrate just how much we all owe to the great American mule!
Keywords: history, appreciation, trails, mule fever, therapy

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Synopsis: Based on behavior modification techniques developed more than 50 years ago by B.F. Skinner, Meredith's training techniques go beyond tricks, fads and short-cuts. Learn how to reinforce good behaviors and supress the bad.
Keywords: behavior modification, training, psychology, reinforcement, cues, shaping behaviors, tips

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Synopsis: In part two of Introduction to Behavior Modification, Meredith explains how to break more complex behaviors down into smaller steps that are simple and easy to accomplish, She then shows you how to string them together and use them the correct way in training your equine.
Keywords: behavior modification, training, psychology, reinforcement, cues, shaping behaviors, tips

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Synopsis: When your mule is responding obediently in drivelines, through patterns and around obstacles, it is time to introduce him to the additional weight of the rider. This must be done slowly and methodically, after honing his physical development through specific exercises, which will help him handle the added weight of a rider or vehicle
Keywords: training, training exercises, riding, saddle, bucking

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Synopsis: The first of this two-part article covers the aspects of proper training that Meredith has painstakingly developed over her long and successful career. She begins with the basics and shares the training techniques that have not only led to her equine’s amazing achievements, but to their extraordinary physical and mental well-being.

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Synopsis: Part 2 of this article covers more of Meredith’s training tips and techniques, including proper diet and feeding routines, and various training venues such as arena, round pen and open area.

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Synopsis: This insightful, in-depth article discusses the use of leverage equipment in controlling an equine. Any kind of leverage equipment that is used incorrectly can often lead to the unintentional abuse of an animal. Find out when and how to use leverage equipment correctly and, more importantly, how using the right training methods may, in many cases, mean there is no need to resort to leverage.

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Synopsis: One thing you must have if you’re going to love longears is a sense of humor. World-renown equine expert, Meredith Hodges, takes a humorous look at the lessons she’s learned over the years from these intelligent, funny, lovable and very loving animals.

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Synopsis: It's important to use common sense in dealing with your equine, and consider how certain obstacles or commands might look from his perspective. Providing good maintenance, feeding, and training practices will also aid immeasurably in his responsiveness and success.
Keywords: health, conditioning, training, tack, massage

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Making History with Mules Part 1
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Synopsis: Mules have long been a part of our recorded history. They are frequently mentioned throughout the Bible, and also played a significant role in the societies ancient Greece and Rome. Today, ancestral links like the Somali Wild Ass live in small, but protected numbers; a living reminder of the mule's past contributions.
Keywords: historical, biblical, intelligence, strength, survival, ancestry, personality

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Synopsis: Among history's earliest mule aficionados was George Washington himself, who was the first organized mule breeder in America. Mules and donkeys also played an important role in forging the landscape of the expanding country, from Death Valley to the Erie Canal.
Keywords: historical, George Washington, breeding, USA, labor

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Synopsis: Prior to the industrial age in the United States, mules were utilized in an endless variety of ways - from working fields and plows, pulling barges and streetcars, and guiding tourists into the Grand Canyon. The US Army also depended greatly on their strength and humility in conflicts such as the Civil War and World Wars I and II.
Keywords: historical, labor, farming, packing, war

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Synopsis: The concept of “desensitization” training has been practiced, debated and misunderstood for ages. Is it necessary? Is it the right way to go for every equine? How does and doesn’t it work? Are there alternatives? How much is too much? In this article, Meredith answers these and other tough questions and gives you her take on this often-controversial training method.

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Synopsis: Neonatal isoerythrolysis is a potentially deadly condition that can occur in a newborn equine foal if the colostrum of its mother creates antibodies that then attack the newborn’s red blood cells. In this article, Meredith discusses the facts, symptoms and treatment involved in combating this baffling condition. All equine breeders, owners and potential owners are urged to read this important article and get to know the facts behind Neonatal isoerythrolysis.

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Synopsis: Mules are remarkably strong, durable and brave animals, making them excellent mountain partners. A mountain trail ride or pack trip can be the perfect way to get to know your longears and strengthen your bond.
Keywords: recreation, trail, hunting, packing, mountains, travel

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Owning an Equine is Serious Business, Part 1
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Synopsis: Owning an equine is an exciting adventure, but it is also a big responsibility. Horses, mules and donkeys are living creatures with complex bodies that require not only proper nutrition and training but adequate space and the right kinds of fencing and housing. Part One maps out everything you'll need to consider to begin a a rewarding partnership with your new equine and the adventure of a lifetime!
Keywords: training, trainers, resources

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Synopsis: There are many very important steps to choosing, housing and caring for an equine. Part Two features the questions you must ask yourself to ensure you are able to provide the best possible life for your equine, and that he can do the same for you. As always, knowledge is your most powerful tool.
Keywords: training, trainers, resources

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Synopsis: Most of us want to ride and do the more glamorous things that we see people do with equines right away. But it is imperative to always remember that equines are very much like young children and need to learn in a slow, logical and sequential way. Part Three details the anatomy of your equine, along with important techniques to ensure a happy, well-balanced partner.
Keywords: training, trainers, resources

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Synopsis: It’s important to have as much knowledge, information and trusted advice as you can get, so that you can make sound, informed choices. When you do your homework up-front, there’s nothing to be afraid of and you’ll be graced with years of unconditional love and pleasure from your equine friend and companion. Part Four of this series features a checklist of tips for riding, including specialized advice for riding on roads and trails.
Keywords: training, trainers, resources

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Synopsis: Just as humans, equines will work for rewards and a little coaxing goes a long way with them in getting results. Appropriate rewards and gentle coaxing are both extremely effective and necessary tools in helping your equine succeed and move forward in his or her training program. Find out how to correctly use rewards and coaxing to full effect, and exactly how they differ from treats and bribing.

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - Rock and Roll: Diary of a Rescue, Part 1
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Synopsis: When world-renowned equine expert Meredith Hodges made the decision to rescue two badly neglected and mistreated Belgian draft mules, Rock and Roll, she knew she could help them. But would she be able to save them? Part One of this amazing journey.
Keywords: draft mules, rehabilitation, rescue, Rock and Roll, skeletal

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Synopsis: In Part Two, Meredith Hodges puts her methods and her own will to the test, as she finds new ways of helping to heal her two rescued Belgian draft mules, Rock and Roll. Roll’s progress continues, as Rock proves that real courage comes in all shapes and sizes.
Keywords: draft mules, rehabilitation, rescue, Rock and Roll, skeletal

mulecrossing200.jpg Premium Download - So Much To Learn, So Little Time
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Synopsis: Meredith reveals the life lessons that her equines taught her over the years and how she applied these lessons in developing her revolutionary training techniques.

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Synopsis: One of the keys to a having happy, healthy equine is to understand—whether your animal is training, riding, driving or any other physical activity—what it means to keep him in “good posture.” Meredith Hodges discusses the long-term effects of bad posture due to neglect or ignorance, and how training or rehabilitating with good posture can save an animal from a lifetime of injury and pain.

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Synopsis: “Splint boots? Leg wraps? How do they help an equine? Which type should I get? What kinds of each leg support are there? Can I put them on my equine by myself?” Understanding and choosing supportive/therapeutic equipment for your equine can be downright confusing. In this article, Meredith answers these questions and takes the mystery out of equine leg supports.

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Synopsis: This insightful, in-depth article discusses the use of leverage equipment in controlling an equine. Any kind of leverage equipment that is used incorrectly can often lead to the unintentional abuse of an animal. Find out when and how to use leverage equipment correctly and, more importantly, how using the right training methods may, in many cases, mean there is no need to resort to leverage.

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Synopsis: Trailer loading an equine has always been a daunting challenge and, if done improperly, can lead to frustration and even danger for both the owner and the animal. In this article, Meredith explains the easy-to-follow techniques she uses that allow your animal to enter and exit the trailer safely and with as little anxiety as possible. A must for every equine owner.

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Synopsis: Can you really learn to train your own mule or donkey? “Yes you can!” says equine expert, Meredith Hodges. In this article, Meredith describes the crucial differences between training a horse and training a mule or donkey, and tells you how you can learn important and rewarding training techniques so you can do it yourself.
Keywords: training, trainers, resources, DVDs, professionals, personal

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Synopsis: Why does dressage training lend itself so well to training mules? In order to answer this question, we need to have a clear understanding of what dressage really means and how it pertains to the mule’s mental and physical development in relationship to our own expectations.
Keywords: dressage, training, riding, conditioning, strength, posture

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Synopsis: What is the difference between a mule and a horse and how do these differences affect each animal’s strengths, temperament and performance capabilities? In this article, Meredith discusses her findings on the subject.

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Synopsis: Achieving balance and harmony with your mule requires more than just conditioning your mule’s body, but also your own. Implementing certain postures, movements, and exercises while riding will cultivate a more effective partnership.
Keywords: mule training exercises, training, riding, stabilizing, balance, self-carriage, correcting

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Synopsis: In the first installment of this ten-article series, we are introduced to the basics of donkey training. From foal imprinting through the fundamentals of obstacle training, we begin to learn just how unique these “big personalities in a small package” really are.
Keywords: donkeys, training, foals, imprinting, obstacles, exercises

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Synopsis: In the second installment of this ten-article series, Meredith reviews the fundamentals you learned in Part One, then it’s on to the round pen where it’s all about using your tack and learning to lunge.
Keywords: donkeys, training, tack, lunging, roundpen, exercises

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Synopsis: In the third installment of this ten-article series, as always, you will be encouraged to review the past lessons before moving on to the next lesson. Then Meredith covers how to get your donkey to “reverse” and “trot,” along with using the essential skill of ground-driving.
Keywords: donkeys, training, reverse, trot, ground driving, exercises

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Synopsis: In the fourth installment of this ten-article series, after a quick review of your previous lessons, you will need an assistant to help you because (if he is big enough to ride) you and your donkey are ready to work in the saddle!
Keywords: donkeys, training, saddle, riding, commands, steering, exercises

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Synopsis: In the fifth installment of this ten-article series, you and your donkey will learn how to negotiate an hour-glass pattern and maneuver through some straight-forward but challenging obstacles, both ground-driving and (if appropriate) with you onboard.
Keywords: donkeys, training, saddle, riding, obstacles, ground driving, exercises

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Synopsis: In the sixth installment of this ten-article series, once you’ve had a quick review of previous lessons, it’s on to training your donkey to do his turns on the haunches while on the drive-lines, and using the trot on the obstacle course.
Keywords: donkeys, training, turns, trot, obstacles, exercises

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Synopsis: In the seventh installment of this ten-article series, you and your donkey will learn the basics and the finer points of how to properly canter both in the arena and out in the open.
Keywords: donkeys, training, exercises, riding, canter

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Synopsis: In the eighth installment of this ten-article series, you will learn how vitally important lateral movements are and the best techniques to use when teaching your mule to move laterally.
Keywords: donkeys, training, exercises, riding, lateral movement

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Synopsis: In the ninth installment of this ten-article series, we learn the finer points of lateral techniques under saddle. Using very specific exercises, Meredith takes us through the paces of perfecting this crucial skill.
Keywords: donkeys, training, lateral movement, saddle, exercises, obstacles, leg yielding

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Synopsis: The tenth and last installment of this ten-article series is dedicated to lengthening and jumping, making sure your donkey’s posture is the best it can be for the ultimate in donkey/rider showmanship challenge—jumping!
Keywords: donkeys, training, posture, exercises, conditioning

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Synopsis: Training your equine should always be done in a logical, consistent and respectful way, with logical beginnings and in a sequential fashion. Setting a good foundation with these low-level exercises is key to a happy and successful partnership with your mule.
Keywords: training, foundation, exercises, leading, flatwork, obstacles, obedience

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Synopsis: Communicating with your equine comes from three basic sources: verbal language (including both tone and content), body language (position and gait), and touch language (by hand, grooming tool, or whip). Using all of these methods in combination will help give your commands more authority and a more positive response.
Keywords: communication, language, body, touch, verbal, commands, training

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Synopsis: Dressage—whether it is basic or the most advanced—is a French word for “training.” It is thoughtful, considerate and kind, and will produce a mule that is mentally and physically capable of doing anything you might like with a relaxed and willing attitude. It may take a little longer, but the result speaks for itself.
Keywords: dressage, training, riding, conditioning, strength, posture

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Synopsis: At first glance, all training methods for equines may seem very similar, but in actuality there are many specialized factors to take in consideration, particularly with mules. Meredith Hodge’s training program emphasizes first and foremost to pay close attention to what you’re giving to them—from daily nutrition to performance rewards—as it is essential in making sure that they are able to give you their very best.
Keywords: training, rewards, nutrition, crimped oats, pasture, behavior modification, program

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Synopsis: In the second part of this series on Meredith’s unique training program, Meredith focuses on moving your equine to various training exercises, including obstacles and working in the round pen. If you are willing to put in the time and effort necessary to properly conditioning your animal, the result will be a happy and comfortable equine.
Keywords: resistance free, training, leading, obstacles, conditioning, roundpen