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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.

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.