As you know, Miss Mule went mysteriously blind in one eye this summer. What started as a cloudy film over half her eye now covers the entire thing, and has left her with no vision on her left side. She may see shadows. It’s hard to tell exactly what she sees, but she is most… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #12- Going Blind is Scary.
In Part 1, I explained how Miss Mule came down with a rare eye condition called immune mediated keratitis and how it wasn’t responding to medication. Turns out what she has is endotheliitis, an even more rare form of immune mediated keratitis that is poorly understood and doesn’t respond to medication. I can attest to… Continue reading Poor Miss Mule Part 2
About two weeks ago I showed up to the barn to feed and noticed that my mule had a whitish-blue film covering half of one eye. As horse owners do, I flipped out, had a panic attack, called the vet and starting mourning what I was sure was cancer or moon blindness or something equally… Continue reading Poor Miss Mule…
Even though my mule, Ellie, is fantastic to ride, she’s not been very interested in being friends with me like my horses are. When I first got her, I couldn’t get anywhere near her in the pasture, especially if I was holding a halter. I couldn’t just walk up to her and pet her like… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #9- Liberty Work
I think equines are constantly communicating with us, whether we’re clever enough to listen or not. I’ve only been riding Ellie since this summer, just a few months, but as soon as I started I noticed some troubling signs. As soon as I would pull the saddle out of the trailer where I tack her… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #8- Does the mule want to be ridden?
I recently read a blog post that blew my mind. I came across it while lying in bed playing with my phone at 2 a.m. because I couldn’t sleep after having a really rotten day. Let me tell you about my day. . . I had planned to ride Miss Mule in a Christmas parade,… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #6- If you give a mule a choice…
This weekend I’m taking my mule Ellie to an intro endurance ride. I want to write down my thoughts beforehand so that after the ride I can come back and reflect on what I *thought* I would accomplish vs. what I actually accomplished. First, a little history. I bought my first horse 10 years ago… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule #2- We are doing endurance (kinda)!
I have had blogs in the past that were specifically about horses. I’d like to continue writing about my equines on this blog, but relate what I learn from them to larger life lessons that even non- horse people can relate to. So even if you’ve never seen a mule, you’ll see why mine plays… Continue reading Lessons from a Mule#1 – Take Chances