Entries by Steve Edwards

How to Install the Come-A-Long Rope On A Mule or Donkey

The Come-A-Long Rope is one of the most effective tools you have for ground foundation training. What makes it so effective is that it communicates in three places: the pole, the top of the nose, and the bottom of the nose. Why does it work so well? It makes your mule uncomfortable in the right […]

Can A Horse Trainer Train A Mule?

Many people that have behavior issues with their mules or donkeys are due to the fact that they used a horse trainer for their animal. In this post, Steve Edwards explains why this can be a problem.

Trailer Loading – How to Successfully Load Your Mule or Donkey

Trailer loading is one of the most difficult and dangerous things we do with our animals. If you have a trailer and are constantly on the go – it can be one of the most frustrating activities you encounter if your mule or donkey won’t load willingly.

In this video, Steve Edwards talks through the mistakes folks make with their halter and how it impacts the animals ability or desire to load up in a trailer.

Feed and Nutrition Program for Mule Foals

Basic nutrition for mules, specifically foals, isn’t hard – basically, just feed them! In this video clip from Ask Steve, Steve Edwards discusses nutrition, feed, hay, alfalfa, and pellets as part of a mule foal nutrition and diet program.

Buying A Mule: Should You Buy A Young Mule or An Experienced Mule

When you go to buy a mule, the seller tells you everything that’s right about the mule and shows you how that animal will do this or that – and when you get the mule home… nothing.

In this vide, Steve Edwards talks through why experience doesn’t count for anything and he shares a few things you REALLY want to look for. There are major differences between young mules and older mules – however, there is one thing to look for regardless of age and that’s what he talks about here.

Halter Training Your Mule or Donkey: Listening to the Lead Rope

To get your mule to move forward or backward you need to master halter training. Once the mule or donkey respects the halter, your lead rope will do all the communication you need.

In this video you’ll watch a new mule owner going through halter training and you’ll see how your animal can start having respect for that halter.