Mule training 101 begins with the Mule Ground Foundation Starting Kit from Steve Edwards (perfect for donkeys, too!). This kit is for the mule or donkey owner who needs to take corrective action to fix problems caused in the past or teach something new to avoid problems in the future. The kit includes one Come-A-Long Rope, one adjustable mule Rope Halter, and instructional video.
The tools included in this foundation starting kit are the essential tools needed for building a ground foundation and communicating directly to the nose. Since mules care more about their nose than anything else, it is essential that all training be done from the nose. These tools with Steve’s instruction put to pasture horse training methods that just flat out don’t work with mules. You can always tell a horseman by the way he places a rope halter way up high on the mule’s nose right up against bone. Or you’ll see them using a nylon halter.
Using the Come-A-Long Rope and Rope Halter, you will find that pressure placed two-fingers just above the nose will give you maximum communication and will help you build the foundation necessary to get your mule to respect the halter.