After you feel like you've gotten decent control of your mule in the halter and on the lead rope, you can start to work on a little more desensitization. The spots that Ty likes to really focus on are their legs and blind spots.
Now it's time to start ground driving. Make sure you have enough rope to put some decent distance between you and the mule. Ty will start off this exercise with a halter, and then he will work his way to using a snaffle bit.
In this video, Ty Evans will be showing you everything he does on the ground when starting to work with a mule. As he begins, make sure to pay attention to the body language between the mule and Ty and how it is presented. He will start out with hooking on, and then move on from there.
The next step after establishing some groundwork is halter driving. Basically, I will be teaching him to move around me in a smooth circle at the end of the lead rope. He will be learning some respect, how to follow the lead rope, and how to follow a soft feel. This exercise is a huge part of the...