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#6407948 - 04/14/12 11:12 PM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: northcountry]
RichardAustin Offline
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I doubt it is the bike itself that spooks the mule. Most likely it is the silent way a bike makes a quick approach, like a cat/predator would.
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#6408212 - 04/15/12 05:56 AM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: northcountry]
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Originally Posted By: northcountry
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Good looking mule, out of a Belgian(sp) mare by any chance.
Cheer NC


No, she is out of a halflinger,which is sort of like a minature belgium pony.Here is her mama.She was 13hds, the mule is now 15hds, out of a std jack.



Richard.

"I doubt it is the bike itself that spooks the mule. Most likely it is the silent way a bike makes a quick approach, like a cat/predator would."

She certainly spooked at those bikes coming up from the rear, but when I first started this, she would not even get close to a bicycle.Having it set right outside her stall gate,she would stand out side and snort at it. It took her several days to come into the stall.I even had a bike tied up in her stall all one winter and that did not help.

Three things that have really spooked her in her life have been bicycles, baby strollers and sheep.Other things,not so much.

Setting out in the arena, it took a week to get her to within touching distance of it. If the bike fell lover, it backed me up a day.

I got to the point where she did not mind it as long as it was not moving,but it took me anothe rweek to get her close to it while I rode it.

We are now working on me riding her,while my wife pushes the bike around the arena.

Then I will start getting someone to ride the bike while I am riding the mule.


Edited by saddlesore (04/15/12 08:02 AM)
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#6408496 - 04/15/12 07:51 AM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: northcountry]
Robster Offline
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Great looking mule. Really though. The stuff we do to get our horses/mules acclimitaded to different things. It's part of the fun of it all but can be very time consuming.

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#6409476 - 04/15/12 03:00 PM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: saddlesore]
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Wow! That is a stout mare!
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#6411156 - 04/16/12 06:52 AM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: ironbender]
saddlesore Offline
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Originally Posted By: ironbender
Wow! That is a stout mare!


Kinda sorry I sold her,but they are a bugger to fit a saddle to.She was a pulling fool though. I bought her just to breed mules with and there weren't any in CO. I went over to a big sale in MO. Her and her brother went thru.I only wanted her,but they didn't want to split the team. They said if I was willing to pay a little extra, they would (Dummy me) I could have bought the two for $200 more than I paid for her.

It worked out though as she was bred and the seller did not know it .She foaled that spring and I sold the foal that fall for 2/3rds of what I paid for the mare.She was not registered though,which made no difference to me.





Edited by saddlesore (04/16/12 06:57 AM)
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#6413953 - 04/16/12 09:58 PM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: saddlesore]
Dan_H Offline
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Registered: 08/11/11
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Does she have that same side gait as some of the fjords do?

tolt I think it is called?

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#6413963 - 04/16/12 10:05 PM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: Dan_H]
ironbender Offline
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Icelandics have a tolt gait. Do Fjords too?
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#6414423 - 04/17/12 06:46 AM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: ironbender]
saddlesore Offline
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She was not the smoothest riding thing I was ever on, but she had alot of bottom to her as does this mule.
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#6425975 - 04/20/12 09:56 AM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: saddlesore]
northcountry Offline
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saddlesore
That is not surprising as they were breed to climb around in the mountains. Cheers NC
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#6426382 - 04/20/12 12:02 PM Re: Mule and the bike [Re: northcountry]
Ralphie Offline
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Thankfully the bikers can't go where I mostly pack. But the dang Backpackers that think they need to rest on or right next to the trail have sure put a bend in my mule string many a time.

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