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Chris (CO)    Posted 09-11-2002 at 11:56:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Any mule folks there have a suggestion on vaccinations for a cantankerous mule. He was starved as a foal and has confinment issues. It takes me and 2 men to give his shots. We tried ACE, but didn't knock him down enough.

JoeK    Posted 09-12-2002 at 06:40:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Squeeze chute??,or between swinging gate and fence?

Tom A    Posted 09-12-2002 at 02:36:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got my mule from a horse rescue farm. She is devoted to me, but absolutely hates needles--the only time she is unmanageable. She made me and the vet airborne a few times trying to give her a Coggins test the first time. She stood stock-still, though, as soon as the vet twitched her. I just hold her upper lip (hold good) with my hand and she stands still and tries to watch both my hand and the needle at the same time but she won't even move a hoof until I let go.

Then a little treat once it is over, and we're friends again.
good luck!

Tom A -- One other thought...    Posted 09-12-2002 at 04:54:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've never done it, but have seen in "the books" that you can cross-tie a really unruly animal. Pictures I've seen were with big draft horses. Idea is to use two strong leads/ropes, secured to strong posts/walls, one lead coming from the animal's right side, the other his left...pull taught so they can't go one way or t'other. If the twitch doesn't work, maybe that's the way to go.

good luck!

Big J    Posted 09-11-2002 at 13:24:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have you tried a twitch? Or twist his ear? Gently, but enough to get his mind on something else for a minute(or a second). I have a friend who has a Saddlebred and every trick for worming only works once. She also pretended to wash her horses face to cover her eyes briefly. Don't know if your mule will allow any of this though.

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