|Michigan 9 year old mule ridden in snaffle
bit with western saddle and / crouper in ring/ pen by experienced rider
Question: We have TWH but my daughter wanted a mule. so we found a very
nice mule. He does very well on the trails EXCEPT at a canter. The rest
of us will be gaiting and the mule will trot. when he breaks into a canter
he will go to bucking.
From Panelist Laura
Are there any little hairs caught under your mule's crouper? Sometimes just
a couple of hairs get caught under there and can cause bucking problems.
Also, some horses and I guess this could apply to mules, just don't enjoy
cantering with weight on their back and will buck. It might be due to back
problems or just due to the fact that they don't like doing it. You might
have a vet check your mule out and also have an adult work with the mule in a
round pen for a while to check for problems. Another thing to look for is
the child's riding position when the mule goes into the canter. Is the rider
sitting up straight and relaxed (heels down) or is she hunched forward,
gripping with her knees? Is the mule getting jigged with a spur every step?
If you check out everything and there seems to nothing wrong, and the mule
still bucks, don't ride the mule in a canter. Work on your extended trot.