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At 10:08am on February 24, 2010, Mike Murphy said…
My mistake, sorry. For some reason I had you affiliated with the Old Hillsboro Equine Stables in Franklin, TN...it must have been your "english" heritage that confused me.
At 4:20pm on February 23, 2010, Mike Murphy said…
I see that you are looking for horsey friends in Cookeville...weren't you living in Franklin and Nashville awhile back? If so, what took you to Cookeville?
At 6:43am on June 28, 2009, Deb Kidwell said…
Jolly Old, huh? Good for you...you are missing our lovely 100+ heat...be thankful you are there.....No problem...just let me know what you are doing...the dates on the clinic are Sept 25-28th....and while you are in the UK....if you talk to any donkey people, tell them they need American Mammoth Jackstock! The Brits love their donks and mules, but lament the fact that they have no Am. Jackstock. there is an author there, Lorraine Travis who wrote a book on mules in 1990 and she was talking about this very subject! I have been working on trying to get some there.....God works in mysterious ways! Have a safe and happy trip, Deb www.elitemulesandjackstock.com feel free to pass it on:-)
At 6:27am on June 28, 2009, Deb Kidwell said…
Margot, just want to make sure you got the message about how to contact me.....let me know:-) Deb
At 6:41am on June 25, 2009, Deb Kidwell said…
hi Margot....can you e-mail me at mulelady@frontiernet.net or give me a call at 731-514-4068 (cell) or 731-364-9572 (farm) and I will give you details and get info to send you a informational package:-) So far we have people coming from Puerto Rico (!), FL, TN, AL, etc. etc. should be a blast....Deb
At 3:56pm on February 5, 2009, Deb Kidwell said…
Margot, sounds like everything you are doing is just fine....she will love you for it! It's amazing, but once they trust you they will do absolutely anything you ask of them. We are about 4-5 hours from you....you should come and visit when you have a couple of days free. We have guest cabins for friends and family and you would be most welcome! We will start having babies the first of April and you would have a great time playing with our bunch of clowns.....think about it and let me know. Meanwhile, kiss your girl for us and you should really consider the colt starting mule clinic with Brad. it is a full day on Friday and half a day on Sat., Sun, and Mon. and we do a Bar-B-Q here on the farm for all participants on Sat. night. This year, the man that came from Maine bought one of our mules and rode her in the class...he had never ridden anything and learned alot and you could see his confidence growing almost by the minute! We had 5 mules in the clinic. One in colt starting and 4 in mulemanship. I think that you would really enjoy it and it was a really nice bunch of people. if you like, send me your address to my e-mail and I will send you an article from "Mules and More" that one of the ladies that was in the clinic wrote. My e-mail is; mulelady@frontiernet.net Take care, Deb
At 11:33am on February 5, 2009, Deb Kidwell said…
We feed a pelleted food (Co-op Advantage, which is basically the same as Purina Strategy), VitaCharge, Strongid C-2x daily dewormer and 1/4 soybean oil as a top dressing. Also, Alfalfa hay is like heroin to mules and donkeys!!!!! We supplement our Bermuda with a little bit of Alfalfa after they are fed their food in the morning. If she is out of the animlas the guy told you about it sounds like she should reach at least 15hh. Is her body weight good now? Will she stand for the farrier? Also, has your farrier ever trimmed mules? Their hoof should stand more upright than a horse hoof........keep those questions coming:-) Deb
At 9:20am on February 5, 2009, Deb Kidwell said…
DUH! When I replied to you about your mule I didn't realize where you were located.....sorry! Come to the Clinic!!!!!!!!! We had a blast last year and even the old "Dyed in the wool" QH folks around here came all four days to watch the clinic and said that Brad was the most patient clinician they had ever seen.....we had folks here from Florida, Maine, Mississippi, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. Most said that they will come back this year, so come and join us! He will be doing Colt Starting and Mulemanship 1. Give me a call if you need more information:-) Deb 731-364-9572
At 9:15am on February 5, 2009, Deb Kidwell said…
Hello back:-) Mules mature slower than horses. We start training as soon as they are born, of course, but even though we may saddle them at two years old, and do some light riding, we don't start serious riding until they are at least three. I would say that your mule will be mature (size wise) at 4-5 years old. The Jackstock that we use as sires do not mature until 5 and we have to send new "mature" measurements in to their Registry at that time to update their papers. I don't know how long you have had your mule, but feed plays an important role in growth too. We bought one jennet as a yearling and she was soooo poor, it was almost a rescue. She grew 4" and put on 400+ pounds within about an 8 month period (she is now over 16hh). Do you know what kind of mare and jack your mule is out of? Being a hybrid, mules can mature to greater height than either parent. This is called "hybrid vigor", kind of the same theory as with "mutts" being healthier than purebred dogs. You should be able to get alot of information from the American Donkey and Mule Society's (ADMS) webpage at www.lovelongears.com Also the North American Saddle Mule Association's (NASMA) webpage at www.nasma.us. I appreciate your effort to educate yourself about mules.....they are such fun and so sweet! I tell folks that they are more Canine than Equine! I hope that this helped and if you should need anything else, please don't hesitate to e-mail again, or give us a call. Mules are getting more and more popular as folks are appreciating their intelligence and calm demeanor. As with anything else though, it all depends on how they have been raised. A mule WILL NOT forget bad treatment , and there is an old adage that "A mule will wait 7 years to kick you". I have never been kicked or bitten by a mule.....I can't say the same thing about horses! You will find out that your mule is very smart and once they "get it" they don't forget. They need to go a bit slower than horses with their training and everything should be done with kindness. We are having our 2nd Brad Cameron Mulemanship Clinic at the Univ. of TN @ Martin in Sept. 2009 and you are welcome to bring your mule to participate or just come and watch. If we are too far, go to Brad's website for his schedule at www.cameronequine.com. Thanks again and kiss your mule for me! Deb and the longears
At 12:09pm on February 4, 2009, Bertie said…
Dear fellow TTR Site member:

The calendar team is considering using the following photo(s) from those you posted on the TTR site in the TTR calendar.
Brigitte my TWH x QH Rescue

Please e-mail the original digital file(s) of these photos to roberta.lehman@gmail.com. Please do not email photos through the TTR site, but send them directly to the gmail account above.

Photo resolution needs to be 150 dpi or higher for printing. Please submit the requested photos by the end of the day February 8, 2009.

Thanks so much for your participation in the TTR calendar project.

Roberta Lehman
At 5:30pm on January 28, 2009, julie said…
I wish I had the zebra! There is a lady near here that bottle raises these babies for movie companies. I LOVED the wildebeast! He was the coolest thing I have ever seen, he would run up behind you grunting. he had the softest nose, and it's shaped like a horse shoe.
At 6:07pm on January 26, 2009, Mike Gooding said…
I watched you video "running with Cerise" and laughed out loud. That was entertaining. Thanks for some liveliness!
At 10:59pm on January 22, 2009, julie said…
HEY! Glad you are here. You need to get back HERE so we can get together and ride
At 8:56pm on January 22, 2009, Katie Harrelson said…
The bridle belongs to his owner, but the saddle and blanket are mine.
He is one fine boy, very well mannered for a stallion. If he does the stud grunt thing, you just tap him on the neck and tell him to behave, and he calms right down.
Thanks, Katie
At 1:19pm on January 22, 2009, Cheryl - Charlamagne40 said…
Julie sent me the link, but I actually know alot of people on this site!! Glad to see you here.. Still need to get together and ride!! need more mule pics!!
At 8:21am on January 22, 2009, Mike Murphy said…
Tennis brought you to Tennessee (?), now I could understand tennis taking someone to Florida, or California or even South Carolina and Georgia, but Tennessee? Oh well, we're glad you're here nevertheless. :-)

Yeh, I like the trick photo as well, but of course, I don't control what pictures get posted on the website, it is driven purely by our members, as witnessed by the wide mix of pictures from horses to landscape to pictures of family and friends. The mix of pictures is quite entertaining and appreciated. I think that many people use this site as a universal URL to to share pictures with close friends and family members. If you want more "trick" photos you oughta start a "Gang" and call it "Tricks With Horses" or something to encourage more pictures like yours and so that you can get more active with riders who have similar interests to yours. Either way I will get to see the pictures, so that's a good thing!

Yes, my horse is an SSHEBA and was mistreated similarly to the TWH show people. I agree, it's terrible and I am sure they would not do it except for the pressure to win competitions, impress fans and take home purse money. I hope someday that it stops, I've witnessed the damage on my horse, prior to buying him, and it was truly crippling. I bought him and have been nursing him back to health for the past year; I just hope that he recovers enough so that I can enjoy trail riding with him someday. If not, all is not lost, he's still a great companion and an awesome spectacle to have in my pasture.

Cheers and happy trails,
At 1:36pm on January 20, 2009, Mike Murphy said…
Nah, it's just trick photography. The photograph was taken from a lower position, I was standing on the bridge at my farm. He's a spotted saddle horse, 15.1hh, and the 2002 SSHEBA World Grand Champion, Cashius Clay. I bought him about a year ago and he was a mess, I have been trying to cure him since then. Actually, he may never really be rideable because of the abuse inflicted on him during his show days but I'll feel better when his feet and all are healed so he can act like a real horse.
At 1:32pm on January 20, 2009, Mike Murphy said…
Wow, so what takes you to England?

You should have no problem learning about riding trails and/or hooking up with riding buddies on this site. As you will see, lots of rides get posted here and some bigger, oganized rides are in-the-works.

Thanks for joining the site, your pictures are great!!

At 9:54am on January 20, 2009, Mike Murphy said…
Howdy LFALTL, thanks for joining Tennessee Trail Riders. We look forward to your "horsey" pictures that you can post and share with others on our website. Also try your hand at posting events, videos and trail ratings. Feel free to invite friendly trail riders and horse lovers.

Again, thanks for joing the website, we look forward to meeting you.

Cheers and happy trails,
Mike Murphy
Bellaterra Ranch
Franklin, TN

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