Category Archives: walking the mule

The many roads from me to Xato.

One of the things that Xato has given me cause to think about is that, just as there is no single formula for training a horse/mule (you work with the horse you have in front of you, as the saying goes), … Continue reading

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Team Half-Ass and the Week of Waiting

This week, Marty has mainly been teaching me the truth behind that training tip: “If you want your mule to do something, try going away and doing something else for a while”. I guess he thinks I’m not patient enough … Continue reading

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Marty and the Dressage Test

Marty had a busy day on Sunday. I took him out for a walk in the morning (on our own! The confidence coaching is working!) and in the evening we did an in-hand dressage test, just for fun. The walk … Continue reading

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Introducing Xato, part 3

On our second day in Mallorca, we made another evening visit to Xato and Tally and this time I was dressed to ride. I took Xato out for a short walk in hand first, and was thrilled to see how … Continue reading

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Marty and the Birthday Expedition

It was my birthday on Saturday and I had no idea how to celebrate. Ben had suggested that we go away somewhere, but to be honest I’ve spent so much money on mules this year that I couldn’t face the … Continue reading

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Marty and the various attempts on his life

It feels like summer has suddenly bloomed. A bridleway, which I last cycled down five days ago, has impetuously lined its already narrow track with handlebar-height nettles – prompting me to perform a one-handed balancing act as I wobble my way … Continue reading

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Marty and the regular workload

One of the benefits of Marty being in a separate pen is that I’m actually working him more. This is partly me attempting to assuage my guilt about leaving him in there in the first place; I figure that the least … Continue reading

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Spring is here – and so is a happy mule.

Marty has had a good week, which I think is a combination of nice weather and the days getting longer. I was already aware that winter is his worst time, particularly in these early, gloomy months of the year, but … Continue reading

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One does not simply walk into Mor-dogs.

Three weeks ago Marty and I encountered a couple of loose dogs, this time barely a few metres from our yard gate. Since the Punchbowl Incident his dog phobia has not gone away, despite my various attempts to understand and deal with … Continue reading

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Trust and Trackways

Marty and I have been pootling along rather nicely for the past month. I think this is partly due to the fact that I’ve finally decided to stop over-analysing* and, more importantly, stop worrying about what other people think. I’ve … Continue reading

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