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Minidreamz0581

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Just wanted to post some recent pictures of the little Brillo pad. Today was the first time that he led forward for me! He’s great at backing up...forward was much harder. He picks up his feet like a little champ! After a donkey (that we no longer own...) tried to kill my dog I swore that I would never have anything to do with longears again as they’re known to be aggressive toward smaller animals.

Henry seemed to confirm my fears when he was basically born kicking. He has attitude to spare and is naughty to the point that no one at the barn wants anything to do with him anymore (at less than 2 months old) I always cheer for the underdog, and since no one else wanted anything to do with him I started working with this unruly little mule. Under his disrespectful exterior, I’ve found an intelligent and misunderstood little fellow. He is hard to work with...you have to put in a lot of effort for little reward. When he truly understands something though his little eyes light up and I just can’t help but care about him. I’ve never trained a mule. I don’t know how to train mules. I have no idea if I’m doing it right or wrong, but Henry seems to be responding positively so I guess I’m doing ok. I’m the only one who can catch him without snatching at him or cornering him.

I have no idea how this will pan out. Part of me would love to be able to train him and use him as a driving mule when he grows up. I’m guessing he’ll grow to be 39” or so. The other part of me is scared to get too attached to this little half donkey hybrid. I’m just going to keep working with him until his owners put him up for sale when he is weaned. Either I’ll train him and buy him, or his training will hopefully give him a good foundation for wherever his life leads him.

For now, here’s some cute pictures of the little dude!
 

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I know someone who drives a mule. Mule seems to be happy with the job. I think part of the trick to training them is to let them think what you are asking them to do is "their" idea. Don't ask me how to go about doing that though.
:)I hope you buy him, it sounds like a good fit for you both:)
 

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Just wanted to post some recent pictures of the little Brillo pad. Today was the first time that he led forward for me! He’s great at backing up...forward was much harder. He picks up his feet like a little champ! After a donkey (that we no longer own...) tried to kill my dog I swore that I would never have anything to do with longears again as they’re known to be aggressive toward smaller animals.

Henry seemed to confirm my fears when he was basically born kicking. He has attitude to spare and is naughty to the point that no one at the barn wants anything to do with him anymore (at less than 2 months old) I always cheer for the underdog, and since no one else wanted anything to do with him I started working with this unruly little mule. Under his disrespectful exterior, I’ve found an intelligent and misunderstood little fellow. He is hard to work with...you have to put in a lot of effort for little reward. When he truly understands something though his little eyes light up and I just can’t help but care about him. I’ve never trained a mule. I don’t know how to train mules. I have no idea if I’m doing it right or wrong, but Henry seems to be responding positively so I guess I’m doing ok. I’m the only one who can catch him without snatching at him or cornering him.

I have no idea how this will pan out. Part of me would love to be able to train him and use him as a driving mule when he grows up. I’m guessing he’ll grow to be 39” or so. The other part of me is scared to get too attached to this little half donkey hybrid. I’m just going to keep working with him until his owners put him up for sale when he is weaned. Either I’ll train him and buy him, or his training will hopefully give him a good foundation for wherever his life leads him.

For now, here’s some cute pictures of the little dude!
Wondering how Henry is coming along. Are you still working him? Really cute little guy.
 
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