How far out should I go ponying my mule?

We pony our yearling mule on occasion out in the wash, how far should we go?

What you want to worry about with colts is them banging with their legs. You always want to watch their pulse and respiration so that you aren’t over doing it. Do a little at a time and build them up, always check their tendons, feel their knees for heat and make sure their tendons are good and firm all the way down.

“Heather says my yearly mule is doing well with foundation halter work. We pony her out in the wash on occasion. How far should she go?

The big thing you want to worry about with Colts is them banging with their legs. Hard ground wash is good. Sandy wash. If you’re out here in Arizona where there’s a lot of sand, that’s okay. It’s just really hard to say. You always want to watch their pulse and respiration that you’re not overdoing and watch the flaring of their nose and this sort of thing. But you just have to a little at a time. I take some of my colds. You build them up. Some days I may do 15 to 20 minutes, and then I’ll wait a couple. And always, always, always, folks just like the tires. Air in your tires. Always check their tendons. Feel their knees. Feel their knees. For heat, make sure the tendons are good and firm all the way down.”