All About the Surcingle
You can teach your mule, your donkey to respect the halter and prepare them to be ready to go under saddle. The Surcingle is a teaching tool that places light pressure on the halter or bit so your equine can learn to work with the halter and bridle.
The Surcingle is an expert training tool designed to allow trainers of all skill and experience to teach the mule/donkey to respect the halter, teach them to drop their head, and naturally tip their nose on the vertical… all to ease pressure. Over time, owners using the Surcingle develop a soften animal, ready to listen and receive communication.
This Surcingle is 3 inches wide and 2 1/2 feet long with D-rings around it. It has two nylon tie straps hanging from a D-ring on each side to connect to a cinch. You can use any size cinch with this surcingle and if you have a particularly small animal, you don’t even need to use a cinch — simply tie off the tie straps on the bottom and you’re done.
Can Donkeys Use This Surcingle?
Will This Surcingle Fit My Mule?
The Surcingle is one of the most flexible training tools you will have in your tack room. It will fit nearly all sizes from a small donkey all the way to a draft mule. If your animal is particularly small or on the larger size of a draft mule, feel free to send us a message with your measurements and a picture. We can make a recommendation for you.
All About Mule Rider’s Martingale
#1 The Mule Rider’s Martingale & Video Exclusively from Queen Valley Mule Ranch
Hey mule riders! Are you tired of your mule not having stop, back up, rein, balance, suppleness and control? The Mule Rider’s Martingale is made out of a new product called Beta™ that looks & feels like leather but it is much easier to care for. This martingale is the same one Steve uses in his training programs and clinics. The bridle, reins, and how to video (included) is the first stage of Steve’s bitting program.
The video will help you understand how to set a foundation of balance and understanding between you and your mule. Steve Edwards has the answers in this new video complete with mule riders’ martingale. The video will teach you how to adjust the martingale to your mule, and includes step by step instruction as to how to use the martingale.
This package includes the Headstall, Bit, rein and the Instructional video!
One size fits all if you have a small headed mule just punch holes and cut excess off.
All About Beta Britchen
Heavy duty Beta Britchen will help keep your saddle in place and you mule comfortable. No matter if you’re a seasoned rider or training mules to ride, the Beta Britchen is a welcome departure from maintaining leather for a solid, durable and effective beta material.
Beta material is stronger, more durable and has a feel and appearance similar to leather. Steve recommends and uses a Beta britchen and breast collar instead of leather for it’s good looks, durability and ease of cleaning!
Designed to help keep your saddle in place and you mule comfortable, this britchen has lots of room for adjustment to fit different sized mules; easily add more holes if needed. Clean with soap and water.
Note from Steve: Beta breaching and breast collars are by far the easiest to take care of I personally prefer all Beta products for my personal use in my years of packing experience they are the very toughest and easiest to maintain.
The measurements for this britchen are as follows. If you have any questions about the sizing for your donkey or mule, don’t hesitate to contact Steve. Be sure to pay attention to the two various options.
Small Mules (under 15 hands) and Saddle Donkeys
Butt piece – 34 1/2″
Hip strap – 19 1/2″
Hip safe – 12″
Back strap – 20″
Spider straps – 24″
Flank straps – 68″
Quarter straps – 32″
Draft and Saddle Mule (over 15 hands)
Butt plate 38″
Butt piece – 28″
Hip strap – 22″
Back strap – 22″
Spider piece – 8″
Spider straps – 22″ this makes them turn out 18″
Flank straps – 48″
Quarter straps – 35″
NOTE: You may need to add additional holes on any Beta products. This can be done with a leather hole punch.
All About the Neoprene Cinch
The Queen Valley Mule Ranch Neoprene Trail Cinch is the ideal cinch to go along with your Steve Edwards Saddle.
Mules and donkey owners will often ask if they can use horse tack with their mule and it’s not advisable. This cinch is meant specifically for the body shape and work load of a mule or donkey. It works in harmony with the breeching and the breast collar for a comfortable and functional ride.
How to Measure for Cinch Sizes
Watch the video below to learn how to measure your mule or donkey for the correct cinch size. You will want two measurements, the front cinch and the rear cinch. Yes, you need two cinches for a mule or donkey.
Neoprene Cinch Features
The neoprene material provides two major benefits to the animal. First it facilitates sweat production which cools the animal. Second, it provides lubrication between the cinch and the belly to prevent cinch sores. The neoprene also allows for fantastic airflow creating a simulated cooler on the belly of the animal.
In addition, you will find elastic in the cinch so that it expands and contracts with the animal, again, creating maximum comfort.
About Cinch Durability and Cleaning
This neoprene saddle cinch is incredibly durable and very easy to clean. Dirty and unmaintained cinches will create cinch sores so ease in cleaning is a very important feature that you won’t want to discount. Simply hose off the cinch to clean and in minutes you can put it back on the saddle. The material is anti-bacterial for added health benefits and will keep your saddle in place when installed correctly.