Thursday, April 6th
9:00am-12:00pm - Foundation Mulemanship
1:00pm-4:00pm - Mulemanship 1
This class will focus on mules that are still green enough in their progression that a lot of groundwork is necessary and will consist of groundwork that is preparatory for riding. All the movements acquired in this class will help you to get your mule handy and willing on the ground and build a sure foundation for a successful future in the saddle. This is a great class for animals that are still too young to ride, but ready to get started on the groundwork.
This class is for the green to intermediate mule and/or rider. There is no groundwork involved in this class unless Ty feels the need to go over it with the students. It is recommended but not required that you have attended a Foundation Mulemanship class as a prerequisite. Each day of class will be spent in the saddle working on the basic maneuvers and exercises involved in making a soft, willing, bridle mule. Softness and suppleness are major goals to obtain for both mule and rider. Most of the work will be done at a walk and trot with an introduction to the canter. After riding in this class you should feel confident in your new skills and should have a list of things to go home and continue working with, on both yourself and your mule.
Ty Evans, along with his wife Skye and daughters Ellie and Swayzee spend 9-10 months each year traveling all over the United States, Canada, and Australia teaching Mulemanship clinics. These clinics are geared toward helping riders and their mules get along a little better. Ty enjoys helping individuals establish a partnership with the mule and develop a clear communication line between one another. The style of Mulemanship Ty teaches not only works great for mules, but is also very much applicable to horses and donkeys as well. "Our motto is, 'Helping people with mule problems, and mules with people problems.' At our clinics, the main goal is to bring out the best in the mule and we have discovered that by bringing out the best in the mule, it also brings out the best in the people."