Teaching to Jump on Command
Posted by Hogbender on March 27, 2016, 20:36:40
Mules have a reputation for being stubborn. In fact, that is amazingly far from the truth. Back in the day, the term "Break a Horse" meant exactly that. Just like in the old westerns, you climb on and rode him until he wanted no more. They literally BROKE the spirit in the animal. |
When anyone made the fatal error of trying that with a mule, they just signed themselves up for an ass whoopin. Mules are tougher than you, and once provoked, they are meaner than anything you have ever seen. They will not ever forget any ill treatment, and they will pay you back with interest. They will hurt you bad, if they do not think that you are a worthwhile LEADER. There I go with that LEADER stuff again. Go back in my old posts, and you will find where I talked about PACK/HERD/FLOCK animals, and clumped them all together. All of the above animals will follow you to hell and back, if you are a fair and just LEADER. My dogs don't need leashes or collars, because they know that I am their LEADER, and in return, I treat them like a dog.
Mules are not a horse, and they have 4 multi-directional hooves, and are more than happy to remove your hide with their teeth. Horses kick your direction, mules will put it in your pocket.
When those folks way back when tried to "BREAK" the mule's spirit, they got Monkey Stomped for their effort.
Mules act more like dogs, than they do horses. So I tend to treat them more like dogs, than I do horses. She has now decided that I am her LEADER of the pack.
Six months ago, Dolly was a wild mule, running free in the Cimmeron River Bottoms, for the last 5 years. Catching her was a MAJOR feat. The first few times I worked with her, I had to throw a rope on her, in order to touch her.
They sell even more gimmicks for horses than they do dogs. I did not raise her, so she will never come close to one that I raised, but she is fun to talk her into doing the same stupid stuff I ask of my dogs. This video was the first time I actually rode her up into the El Camino. I had a friend tell me to start videoing first time stuff so he could see a train wreck. There was some abuse dished out to this old body, over the last six months. BEFORE she accepted me as her LEADER, she was brutal with me.
You don't FORCE a mule to do anything. Once you earn their respect, you convince them that doing "thing X" was their idea, from the beginning.
This video, is EXACTLY what I told you to do to teach your dog to jump. This is baby step number 4, for her. When finished, she will jump in the back of my truck. She can already jump any barbed wire fence in the country, without me on her back. The bed of a truck requires finesse, and she is still very much only green broke.
I might as well explain WHY her jumping a barbed wire fence is important. You are in the woods hunting with your dogs. The bear, cat, hog, or coon you are after has just crossed a fence line. Your options are to jump the fence and proceed on the hunt, or possibly lose your dogs. People that hunt their dogs, ride mules.
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