Training Mules and Donkeys

A Logical Approach to Longears

Training for every stage of your equine's life from Meredith Hodges

More Episodes

Episode 01 - Basic Management & Grooming

Episode 01. Basic considerations of owning an equine - shelter, fencing, health, grooming and advanced showmanship. Available with English captions.

Episode 02 - The Mule Foal

Episode 02. Differences between horses and mules, behavior modification, catching, haltering, tying, leading and trailer loading. Available with English captions.

Episode 03 - Showmanship

Episode 03. Basic concepts of showmanship - grooming, showing, patterns, halter and sportsmanship.

Episode 04 - Good Manners

Episode 04. Importance of routine, preventing bad habits, training aids, introduction to the saddle, obstacles and more. Available with English captions.

Episode 05 - The Round Pen

Episode 5. Lunging for good posture and fitness, in the round pen, in the open and appropriate tack.

Episode 06 - Ground Driving

Episode 06. Importance of sequential training, equipment, ground driving, characteristics of driving animals and shoeing. Available with English captions.

Episode 07 - The First Ride

Episode 07. Use of proper tack, mounting and dismounting, aids, gaits, use of patterns for successful development. Available with English captions.

Episode 08 - Speed It Up

Episode 08. Techniques and mechanics of riding - patterns, canter, refining cues, dressage tests and obstacle courses. Available with English captions.

Episode 09 - Collection

Episode 09. Equitation, draw reins, riding the green mule, dressage, bending and proper collection “on the bit”. Available with English captions.

Episode 10 - Intermediate Skills

Episode 10. Bending, lateral exercises, riding obstacles, lead changes, trail and tips on showing. Available with English captions.

Episode 11 - Advanced Skills

Episode 11. Fitting your bit, dressage, lateral exercises, counter canter and simple lead changes. Available with English captions.

Episode 12 - Reining and Western Riding

Episode 12. Equipment, circles, rating your speed, stopping, backing, spins, flying lead changes and patterns. Available with English captions.

Episode 13 - Jumping

Episode 13. Equipment, equitation, shoes, body positions, types of jumps, avoiding bad habits, stretching and warm-ups. Available with English captions.

Episode 14 - Basic Management & Grooming Review

Episode 14. Housing your mule, feed and nutrition, peak conditioning, routine health care and grooming.

Episode 15 - Showmanship Review

Episode 15. Differences between mules and horses, understanding your mule, beginning and advanced showmanship. Available with English captions.

Episode 16 - Going to the Show

Episode 16. Preparing for a show, body clipping, braiding, trailer loading, at the show and Bishop Mule Days. Available with English captions.

Episode 17 - Donkey Training, Part 1

Episode 17. Chromosome differences, characteristics, imprinting, tying, leading, obstacles, trailer loading and showmanship techniques that are different with donkeys. Available with English captions.

Episode 18 - Donkey Training, Part 2

Episode 18. Review of basic groundwork, measuring for athletic potential, the donkey jack, breeding, and behavioral problems. Available with English captions.

Episode 19 - Donkey Training, Part 3

Episode 19. Round pen training, moving away from pressure, lunging and mounting. Available with English captions.

Episode 20 - Training Your Driving Mule, Part 1

Episode 20. Riding versus driving, determining the driving candidate, selecting and fitting harness, whips and ground driving. Available with English captions.

Episode 21 - Training Your Driving Mule, Part 2

Episode 21. Importance of routine, sacking out, ground driving techniques, carts and carriages and driving a team. Available with English captions.

Episode 22 - Training Your Driving Mule, Part 3

Episode 22. Hitching to the cart, unhitching, reinsmanship, pleasure driving, obstacle driving, pulling and more.

Episode 23 - Intermediate Donkey Training

Episode 23. Riding in the round pen, ground driving, riding in the arena, obstacles and the canter.

Episode 24 - Advanced Donkey Training

Episode 24. Changing leads, lateral training, proper frame, lengthening strides, cavaletti, jumping and massage.

Episode 25 - Advanced Jumping

Episode 25. Safety and equipment, riding positions, types of jumps, gymnastics, stadium jumping and showing.

Episode 26 - Cross Country Jumping

Episode 26. Combined training, levels, protective gear, rating speed, types of jumps, warm up and walking the course.

Episode 27 - Training Mules & Donkeys with Richard Shrake

Episode 27. Meredith Hodges and Richard Shrake discuss the advantages of resistance-free training when dealing with equines.

Episode 28 - Evaluating Your Equine's Athletic Potential (with Richard Shrake)

Episode 28. Meredith Hodges and Richard Shrake discuss realistic ways of evaluating and selecting your equine to suit your purpose.

Episode 29 - Massage for Your Equine

Episode 29. Meredith Hodges and Joanne Lang discuss the benefits of equine massage and how to get the best from your equine. With equine massage and stretch demonstration.

Episode 30 - Keys to Successful Training: Attitude & Approach

Episode 30. Subtle components of good training that will influence the success of your training program.

Episode 31 - Keys to Successful Training: Your Working Environment

Episode 31. Importance of setting up the environment and considering safety rules in a way that promotes success.