Training your mule for the trail takes time, patience and practice says Montana mule trainer Brad Cameron (see WH story, “The Mule Mindset,” May 2007). And, one of the most important lessons you can teach your mule is to stand still for mounting. Getting on an animal that won’t stand still is dangerous.
What could yoga and horsemanship possibly have in common? A skeptic signs up for a double-discipline clinic and learns a new take on riding.
Montana clinician Curt Pate’s cavalry-style alternative balances horse and rider so that both gain confidence.
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in WH’s September 1992 issue. See the November 2006 print edition for Cantleberry’s latest take on conquering the trail class.
Packers, outfitters, trail riders and others often must lead a horse while riding another one. Here’s a safe, easy way to do so.
Neck-reining is just one step toward getting in sync with a saddle horse. For a rider, achieving a greater degree of control is about measured progress and communication with his mount.
As demonstrated in my videos, Teaching Horses to Drive – A 10 Step Method, hitching and driving horses in false shafts is, for me, an important intermediate training step between having a horse drag objects on the ground and hitching to a vehicle.
The romance and legend of the Pony Express is a patchwork of tangled certainties and larger-than-life lies.
“Usually when I’m talking about horses, I’m also talking about mules,” Smoke Elser tells the two-dozen people at his weeklong packing clinic.