Category Archives: desensitisation

Mule School: part two

After the second day at Mule School, I had a bad dream. In it, Marty needed his feet trimming but our EP, Emma, was unavailable; so I – for some reason – decided to do it myself. I was holding … Continue reading

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Marty and the things to be brave about

Earlier this week I was disappointed to see a house in the village with a whole bunch of helium balloons bobbing outside – disappointed, because it would have been an excellent thing to introduce Marty to. But by the time I came … Continue reading

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Marty and the heroic rescue

The herd moved fields again yesterday, and as Ben is away this weekend – and all our fencing was already in use – that meant I had to play musical equines. I caught Iris first and put her in a stable … Continue reading

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A date with Henrietta

Last weekend Ben, myself and our friend Debbie made a day-trip down to the New Forest to meet Sarah Weston and her mule, Henrietta. You may remember Henrietta as the first to be featured on Mule Tales! I love 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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Longears on lock down

Marty’s haltering issue continues to be a perplexing one. Since his explosion on Saturday, he has been catchable; I hesitate to say that he’s “fine” to catch, because he checks out while I’m doing it. The shutters come down and … Continue reading

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The replacement concept

A few weeks ago I purchased The Mule Behaviour Problem Solver, a 2014 compendium of articles by seven of the big names in the mulemanship world: Meredith Hodges, Steve Edwards, Tim Doud, Chris French, Cindy K. Roberts and Red & Julie … Continue reading

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The pink halter

While we were in America, I bought Marty a brand new, hot pink halter. I had hoped to find another rainbow to replace his current one, which has faded, but as this was not forthcoming I thought that hot pink was … Continue reading

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Causing a headache

A friend of mine suggested that Marty’s reluctance to be caught could be due to headaches. Headaches in equines is something I must admit I’d never considered, but I did some research and the symptoms include: being averse or hyper-reactive … Continue reading

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The Shaping of the Mule

Oops – I have been very lax about updating, lately! This is a problem because I tend to forget a lot of things and when I eventually sit down to write, my mind goes blank and all I can think … Continue reading

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