Category Archives: mule school

Team Half-Ass and the Year in Review: 2016

2016 has been truly horrendous for many reasons … so I feel a bit selfish for saying that, as far as my mules and I are concerned, it’s actually worked out pretty well*. But how could I hate something that introduced me to Xato … Continue reading

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Marty and the Golden Bubble

After Marty returned from Anna’s, it occurred to me that it wasn’t enough just to try and alter his way of thinking. I had, of course, studied Anna’s way of working, asked many annoying questions, and done my best to … Continue reading

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Mule Tales: Le continent des Mules

This week we’re not looking at an individual mule, but rather at a whole bunch of mules who live the most fantastic life together in Belgium! Le continent des Mules is a riding school with a difference. Not only are the … Continue reading

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A list of mule-savvy professionals in the UK

It occurred to me recently that it might be useful to have a web directory of mule-savvy professionals in the UK. I know firsthand how difficult it can be to find someone who has had any previous experience of mules! Those … Continue reading

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Mule School: part four

Ben and I went down to visit Marty last weekend, as Anna wanted Ben’s help to work on haltering. When I was last there, she had me in the round pen with her and Marty, working on being able to … Continue reading

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Mule School: part three

At the beginning of the month, I took a couple days off work and made the journey down to Devon to visit Marty. As I don’t drive, this was a fairly epic trek that involved six hours of train and … Continue reading

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Marty and the final chapter

I want to preface this by explaining that this is a decision I have spent the past year deliberating on. It occurred to me, after making the announcement earlier this week on my personal Facebook page, that only a handful of … Continue reading

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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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Mule School: part one

Last week, Marty loaded neatly onto a brand new, immaculate box from Kent Horsebox Hire & Transport and made his four hour journey down to Devon where he was to attend boarding school with Anna Bonnage. Considering he hadn’t been on a … Continue reading

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A positive-negative entry!

I have been extremely lax about writing here; I had planned to do a big, New Year post to sum up what we’d done and where we were going, but I constantly found myself staring at a blank page and trying … Continue reading

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