This may not be super exciting to everyone else, but Nina willingly and happily trying to halter herself is so awesome to me! 💓
It is SUPER common for mules to be hard to catch and Nina is no exception to that. Her ad literally said “...she’s the typical mule and can be a challenge to catch...” I don’t blame her, nor the other mules out there. I wouldn’t want to come out either if I was forced to do uncomfortable and scary things. They associate the halter as a negative object, something to avoid and get away from. Mules are very trust oriented and tend to hold onto past bad experiences. So why are they primarily trained with punishment or forceful ways?
Nina and I are still working on improving our self-haltering; but she’s learned this in a matter of like 4 quick sessions. This was the first time we did it without a stationed target. .
(Also, sorry for the bad cropping and angle; I looked terrible in this video 😆 My IGTV video will be a little less cropped)