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8th Annual Brad Cameron Mule Clinic

Carrie Jenkinson
Ignacio, Colo.

In April of 2007 Ron-D-View Mules hosted the 8th Annual Brad Cameron Mule Clinic in Ignacio, Colorado. In addition to the 23 mules there were 3 horses that benefited from Brads expertise. One horse proved that no matter how gentle they are the first saddling can be pretty scary. She stood to be saddled like she did it every day but when asked to move out she blew up! She bucked and bellered and then threw herself over backward, something no self respecting mule would ever do! But by the end of the afternoon she was carrying the saddle like an old hand and by the end of the clinic she was showing promise of being a good trail horse. There were 15 riders in the Mulemanship clinic that went away with more of an understanding of what it takes to get a nicer, lighter response to the bit.

I have attended several of Brad’s clinics in Ignacio over the years and have always found something new to take away from them. Some times it’s the revelation that all of a sudden something clicks and makes sense. More often, I have to do something wrong to realize how to do it right. Take driving off the halter for example-I just couldn’t get coordinated enough to get my mule to even get the first step right. After backing up all over the arena trying to get her to go around me instead of me around her, I realized that if I stepped into her shoulder she would move away from me. At that point a light came on and the angels sang! My mule looked very pleased that I had finally figured that out. After that I was halter driving like a pro. Well, at least I wasn’t falling all over myself backing up.

In April of 2007 Ron-D-View Mules hosted the 8th Annual Brad Cameron Mule Clinic in Ignacio, Colorado. In addition to the 23 mules there were 3 horses that benefited from Brads expertise. One horse proved that no matter how gentle they are the first saddling can be pretty scary. She stood to be saddled like she did it every day but when asked to move out she blew up! She bucked and bellered and then threw herself over backward, something no self respecting mule would ever do! But by the end of the afternoon she was carrying the saddle like an old hand and by the end of the clinic she was showing promise of being a good trail horse. There were 15 riders in the Mulemanship clinic that went away with more of an understanding of what it takes to get a nicer, lighter response to the bit.

I have attended several of Brad’s clinics in Ignacio over the years and have always found something new to take away from them. Some times it’s the revelation that all of a sudden something clicks and makes sense. More often, I have to do something wrong to realize how to do it right. Take driving off the halter for example-I just couldn’t get coordinated enough to get my mule to even get the first step right. After backing up all over the arena trying to get her to go around me instead of me around her, I realized that if I stepped into her shoulder she would move away from me. At that point a light came on and the angels sang! My mule looked very pleased that I had finally figured that out. After that I was halter driving like a pro. Well, at least I wasn’t falling all over myself backing up.

In April of 2007 Ron-D-View Mules hosted the 8th Annual Brad Cameron Mule Clinic in Ignacio, Colorado. In addition to the 23 mules there were 3 horses that benefited from Brads expertise. One horse proved that no matter how gentle they are the first saddling can be pretty scary. She stood to be saddled like she did it every day but when asked to move out she blew up! She bucked and bellered and then threw herself over backward, something no self respecting mule would ever do! But by the end of the afternoon she was carrying the saddle like an old hand and by the end of the clinic she was showing promise of being a good trail horse. There were 15 riders in the Mulemanship clinic that went away with more of an understanding of what it takes to get a nicer, lighter response to the bit.

I have attended several of Brad’s clinics in Ignacio over the years and have always found something new to take away from them. Some times it’s the revelation that all of a sudden something clicks and makes sense. More often, I have to do something wrong to realize how to do it right. Take driving off the halter for example-I just couldn’t get coordinated enough to get my mule to even get the first step right. After backing up all over the arena trying to get her to go around me instead of me around her, I realized that if I stepped into her shoulder she would move away from me. At that point a light came on and the angels sang! My mule looked very pleased that I had finally figured that out. After that I was halter driving like a pro. Well, at least I wasn’t falling all over myself backing up.


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