Rio 9 months old at the breeders farm
Rio, Lily and Rocket Man are taking a break from training while I work full-time to recover from the semi truck accident. Training for manners, picking up feet, out of the barn, over, back-up (as they are never authorized to walk over us) is taught each and every time we are with them. Equine (horses, donkeys and mules) can learn verbal commands just like dogs and I highly suggest training these commands to your domesticated equine i.e., whoa, over, back-up, trot, canter and my favorite “down” for a roll in the arena.
Melody & Lily 2009
Training donkeys, horses & Mules
* No bit is required for training donkeys, mules and horses if all the ground work is completed along with verbal commands
* Never work them too long no more than 45 minutes a few times a week
* Stop training session with something the equine has mastered and end with a nice brush, take them for a walk with you for a bite of grass something the equine enjoys doing
* Become humble and think about how you would want to be trained if you were an equine. Would you want someone to take it slow and easy or be aggressive and in a hurry? Would you want to learn how to carry your human partner with a metal bit hurting your mouth and trying to balance with the weight of a human? Are you up for the challenge to train your equine to ride bitless? You can do it! Training equine to ride bitless is better on the mouth when the rider does not have his/her seat as we should never be pulling and balancing on the mouth of our beloved equine. Safety is always your number one goal and please remember working with equine (donkeys, horses and mules) can be dangerous. Timing is important release the pressure at just the right moment and the equine learn more from this than the pressure. Having emotional intelligence and empathy for your domesticated equine will help you become the best trainer and friend your donkey, horse or mule could ever dream of.
* Enjoy yourself and your special time with your donkey, horse or mule as you will never be in this same time again. Life is precious and fragile enjoy every minute, hour and day GOD has given you.
It is imperative to your success that you provide the foundation of training for your equine. Each of our equine has their feet picked out each and every day. Each has been taught to stand for grooming, farrier, vet and each can trailer load without stress no big deal. Try to remember when training you equine that each day is a building block to the next and take things slow and easy. Donkeys are really smart if you have a small piece of carrot for training new things the donkey will be much more motivated to learn and stay in the class room. Always end the training session with something the donkey has mastered so he leaves school feeling smart. If you end the training session on a bad note your donkey will go back to the pen and think about how to get around you the next time you train.
Melody riding Lily trails with bitless bridle
Most importantly remember your horse, donkey or mule is a gift from GOD, life is fragile and precious we never know when our time is up or our beloved equine. Take the time it takes to get to know your donkey, horse or mule more than just getting on and riding. My opinion “Having an emotional connection is the difference between success and failure when training equine.” So go enjoy your equine, have a plan and stay safe.
GOD bless you and your family two and four-legged!