13 November 2002
Covers proper shelter, fencing, feed, halter training, health programs and grooming routine.
22 January 2003
The definition of a mule, training and handling the foal, haltering, catching, tying and leading training.
1 January 2003
General concepts, grooming, lead shank, showing to a judge, pattern for showmanship, showmanship in halter classes, sportsmanship.
27 November 2002
General concepts including grooming, lead shank, showing to a judge, pattern for showmanship, showmanship in halter classes and sportsmanship.
29 January 2003
Lunging for training and fitness, free lunging, lunging in tack, and an appearance by Mad Jack Hanks. Tacking up for free lunging, training aids, attaching the lunge line, lunging in the round pen and lunging in the open arena.
4 December 2002
The differences between horses, mules and donkeys. Also covering the importance of sequential training, ground driving in the round pen, ground driving in the arena, flight or freeze reactions, driving the hourglass pattern, hard hats, boots, half chaps, physical maturity, the need for shoes and trims and the types of shoes.
15 January 2003
At the work station, in the round pen, canter, riding without assistance, cones and patterns and following an experienced equine.
8 January 2003
Covering the differences between horses, mules and donkeys. Importance of sequential training, proper attire, maturity of mules, technique and mechanics of balanced riding, patterns, canter or lope, refining cues, USDF tests and obstacle courses.
Season 1, Episode 9: Collection20 November 2002
Covering equitation, draw reins, the green mule, patterns & obstacles, collection, dressage levels, on the bit, half halts, bending, adding the halt and canter, long rein-loose rein and using draw reins.
11 December 2002
Covering bend, lateral exercises, riding obstacles, lead changes, training for trail, showing and competition.
6 November 2002
Review, snaffle bit-curb bit, dressage, use of ground poles, lateral exercises, counter canter and simple lead changes.
25 December 2002
Reining equipment, circles, rating speed, sliding stops, backing, rollbacks, spins, flying lead changes, Western riding description and patterns.
Season 1, Episode 13: Jumping18 December 2002
Coach, review, tack, clothing, equitation, shoes, clipping, body positions, types of jumps, making standards, placement of ground rails, stretching and warm up exercises, cross rails, cavaletti, bad habits and workout lengths.
5 February 2003
Review episode on housing, feeds and nutrition, conditioning, routine health care, grooming.
12 February 2003
Differences of horses, mules and donkeys, understanding your mule, showmanship for foals, advanced showmanship, showmanship patterns.
19 February 2003
Body clipping and braiding, trailer loading, at the show, Bishop Mule Days.
26 February 2003
Understanding the donkey, imprinting, tying and leading, leading the obstacle course, trailer loading, showmanship.
5 March 2003
Measuring for athletic potential, assessing personality, the donkey jack, behavioral problems, learning patterns, characteristics.
12 March 2003
Round pen training, moving away from pressure, turn on the forehand, turn on the haunches, lunging, mounting.
19 January 2003
26 March 2003
Riding vs. Driving, Pre-hitch training, pulling a drag, pulling a travois, driving a team, working in harness, pulling competitions.
2 April 2003
9 April 2003
Review, mounting, round pen riding with assistant, ground driving in the arena, riding in the arena, obstacle course under saddle, canter.
16 April 2003
Canter leads, changing leads on the straight line, lateral training, proper frame, lengthening strides, jumping, massage for equines.
23 April 2003
Review safety and equipment, riding positions, types of jumps, gymnastics, stadium jumping, course work, at the show.
30 April 2003
Review jumping safety, cross country training, levels, protective gear, rating speed, types of jumps, warm up, walking the course.
Meredith and Richard discuss the advantages of resistance-free training when dealing with equines
Meredith and Joanne discuss the benefits of massage and how to get the best from your equine.
15 March 2006
Subtle components of good training that will influence the success of your training program.
22 March 2006
Highlights the importance of setting up the environment and considering safety rules in a way that promotes success.
5 April 2006
12 April 2006
Meredith Hodges recounts the struggles she and her mules faced as they challenged themselves and the long-held misperceptions about mules by becoming fierce, record-breaking competitors.
19 April 2006
Meredith Hodges's journey leads her to the role of Longears Advocate as she educates people using art- with the help of a friendly, animated mule named Jasper and a team of talented sculptors.
25 April 2007
Meredith Hodges and her mules continue their adventures at Bishop Mule Days, where they are challenged to their limits in dressage, side-saddle, and English jumping. Archival footage details their rocky but triumphant Road to Bishop. Special guest appearance by Little Jack Horner.
21 November 2007
Meredith Hodges explores the special bond that people with disabilities develop with mules and horses through Theraputic Riding. Meredith meets a rider with cerebral palsy whose Hippotherapy sessions with a mule gave him independence; a rider with multiple sclerosis who discovered freedom on horseback; and a group of inner city kids who's time with horses inspired confidence.
28 November 2007
An in-depth look at how Therapeutic Riding can help adults and children heal and cope with their disabilities. Meredith Hodegs finds out how Hippotherapy works with the help of a Locomotion Expert, examines the work being done at Walker Reed Medical center with our wounded soldiers, and talks with William Shatner about his efforts to help international Therapeutic Riding Centers.
30 April 2008
7 May 2008
14 May 2008
21 May 2008
4 March 2009
Meredith examines components of preventive maintenance for all equines with a team of experts to cover every aspect of the equine's physical health and psychological well-being, including hoof care with Master Farrier, Rusty May, sequential training and how to communicate effectively with your equine.
11 March 2009
Meredith explains the importance of good posture and proper conditioning on the lead line, through obstacles, during trailer loading and in the round pen. Includes a discussion of equine chiropractics with Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD and also stretching exercises with your equine.
18 March 2009
Body awareness or "proprioception" is critical for both rider and equine. Meredith explains important techniques to develop balance, control and communication from your hands to the bit, with an anatomical lesson from Gregory D. Farrand, DVM,MS, and the importance of massage with Joanne Lang.
25 March 2009
Meredith and Gymkana expert Loyd Hawley, discuss the importance of proper conditioning for optimal performance and long-term equine health. Sequential training, preventive conditioning techniques and stretching are paramount for older and abused animals' rehabilitation, longevity and well-being.
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