Leroy and Loyd Hawley trail riding
Devil's Den 1999
We offer professional training on a limited basis. We donít
offer green breaking, just finished and tune-ups. By tune-ups we
mean corrective or additional training. Perhaps your mule needs a
better handle or it doesnít back or stand for you to get off and
on. Maybe you want it to sidepass so you can open and close a gate
or move away from a tree so your leg doesnít get crushed.
Regardless of how well trained a mule is to start with most of
them lose some sharpness over a period of time.
Periodically most mules need a tune-up. This includes gaited
mules. A lot of mules have some gait in them if you know how to
bring it out. And some mules are naturally gaited and just need
some direction or the owner needs some advice in how to ride to
get the desired gait.
Proper training is very important. Youíre training your mule every
time you catch it and/or ride it. Good or bad youíre training it.
If you teach your mule a bad habit it takes a long time to correct
it. They learn quickly either way and have an exceptional ability
to remember spots. For example: if you doctor your mule in the
same spot where you normally saddle it, probably they will give
you some trouble the next time you go to saddle up. When it comes
to training most people just relate to the horse side of a mule.
When in fact I think that more than half of a muleís attitude and
outlook come from the donkey. I tell everyone if you want to
understand mules better try to train a donkey.
When training mules you must remember the six Pís: patience,
persistence, perseverance, patience, persistence and perseverance.
Whether you use your mule for trail riding or competition we can