Monthly Archives: January 2015

First snow with the mule

Yesterday wasn’t a working day for the mule, but I caught and haltered him in the morning so that I could give them all some grass. He was perfect. He started to walk towards the gate as soon as he saw me … Continue reading

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Guess who didn’t want to be caught. AGAIN.

The mule had Tuesday off, as usual. We’d run out of hay so I went up first thing to put his halter on, which meant that I could move the fence for them instead. He’s still not allowed grass unless he’s been caught at … Continue reading

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The further adventures of Mule-Ninja and Trip Hazard Girl

A month or so ago, the mule and I were out for a walk on the common when we encountered a loose horse. She was a very big mare and she came running straight for us, but I caught her and … Continue reading

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We got rhythm, baby

A few weeks ago I ordered some rhythm beads (in rainbow colours, of course!) from NellyMoon. These are equine necklaces that have bells on, intended to calm the horse and help them focus, and the beads are also supposed to affect them … Continue reading

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Taking the high road

Yesterday was mule’s day off. Although I’d planned to catch him/reward with grass before work, it was -7 and everything was frozen so I didn’t see any purpose in moving the fence just to give them more grass popsicles! I … Continue reading

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Maybe I’m only allowed to catch the mule on alternate days

When I arrived at the yard today, the mule walked straight up to me and put himself in position for haltering. He would have put it on himself if I’d let him. I put his halter on, gave him a … Continue reading

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Quarter step back, half step forward

Today was a very brief, but very interesting session with the mule (I really need to think of a different adjective for describing what it’s like to work with him. Fascinating? Thought-provoking? Intriguing? Bloody challenging?).  I had an epiphany about … Continue reading

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Mule Hierarchy 101

One of the (many) things I find interesting about the mule is his position in herd hierarchy. He is not at the top of the pecking order, nor is he at the bottom; he’s not even in the middle. As … Continue reading

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Finally – adventure time!

I CAUGHT THE MULE! Ha! Sorry, I’m trying not to be too over-excited. Catching him is certainly not something I will take for granted again, and I am by no means assuming that we’re back on track yet. I was … Continue reading

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Ways to be a better person; mule edition

Oh dear. I feel like this is turning into some kind of farce: the mule would not let me put his halter on today. In fact, this is the first time in nine months of ownership that I have not … Continue reading

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