1st Choice Colonel’s Copyright© Rafter CF Training Mule Company Rafter CF Logo
 
<< Home >>  << Copyright© > <<Training >> << Mules For Sale >> << Our Mares >> << About Us >> << Links >>
 
About our Training Program

** Colt Starting **
Click here for pictures.

Chris competing at a Cowboy Race

** Show Ring Tuning **

Chris competing at various Colt Starting Challenges & Cowboy Races


Click here for the Training Contract
which tells more in depth information about our program

Chris has been training mules and horses since 1998.  Chris likes to take a slow and calm approach when starting a young animal.  He does a lot of round pen work as well as various other training techniques from the ground. Chris doesn't accept any animals for less than 60 days and really prefers 90 days. There are a few exceptions to this rule as each mule and customer is unique in their situation.

Chris has trained several mules for the 3 Year Old Futurity* at various shows. This takes tons of time and repetition. Chris rides these mules for 8 or 9 months. The hard work pays off by being undefeated at the futurity at the All Star Show in Columbia, MO in 2003 and 2004. Chris has won the futurity at the Iowa Donkey and Mule Society (IDMS) Show in Bloomfield, IA in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2012. The 3-Year-Old Futurity includes Halter, Trail and Western Pleasure.

The Copyright colts are old enough to start riding and are doing excellent. All of the colts have been trail riding machines with the willingness, disposition and brains to do it all. We have had several very satisfied customers. 


Corey head downCorey crossoverCorey crossing overCoreyCorey trot
Pictured above is Copyright’s Corey, winner of the IDMS Futurity in 2012. These pictures demonstrate getting control of the body with leg cues while keeping the mule light and supple in the face. He is also shown counter-bending the mule while maintaining forward motion. Notice the mule's headset without restraint of any kind.

Corey logsCorey pleasureCorey TrailCorey Win
Copyright's Corey winning the IDMS 3-year-old Futurity, 2012
Photos by TF Event Photography

Chris doing a demonstration of the 5 body parts of a horse/mule and how to move each part to make the animal soft and supple and under control. This demonstration was done for the Taylor County 4-H club.
Chris doing a demonstration of the 5 body parts of a horse/mule and how to move each part to make the animal soft, supple and under control. This demonstration was done for the Taylor County 4-H club.


Flashy Wheels 2010
Chris and Copyright's Flashy Wheels relaxing at the hitching rail


Dream on trailer
Chris and Copyright's Perfect Dream on the trailer after unloading hay. Chris had me pull the truck forward while she was standing on it to see what she would do. She didn't mind at all. The Copyright mules are great minded!

Jacquelyn and Sapphire 09

Jacquelyn and Sapphire showmanship 09
Jacquelyn & Sapphire learning                                Jacquelyn & Kelli winning Pee Wee Showmanship with Sapphire!
               how to show                                                                                  Aunt Kelli's future cowgirl!

janandminnie
Jan Samford doing some training on Minnie.  Jan has been under the guidance and instruction of Chris and has purchased a mule sired by Copyright, Lady Sophia, that she will begin training in the fall with the help of Chris.

mules mules
Chris helping visitors, Clinton, Abby, Emma and Hannah, learn the basics of riding by themselves. The kids had a great time learning how to make the mules go forward, stop and some even trotted! It won't be long and these kids will be riding down the trail all by themselves.

"May" on the Porch "May" going down the Porch Steps

“May", a 2-year-old Copyright daughter, was trained by Chris and as you can see, did quite well.
"May" is owned by John Larson, Clarinda, IA.”


Pictured below is Copyright’s Perfect Dream, winner of the IDMS Futurity in 2008 and the Junior Mule in 2009 & 2010.

Chris and Copyright’s Perfect Dream

Chris and Copyright’s Perfect Dream

Pictured below is 1st Choice Colonel's Raisin De' Standards.

1st Choice Colonel's Raisin De' Standards

1st Choice Colonel's Raisin De' Standards

Chris trained this colt for the 3 Year Old Futurities*. He won both the All Star and the IDMS Futurity in 2003.


Pictured below is 1st Choice Sienna,
winner of both the All Star and the IDMS Futurity in 2004.

Sienna & Kelli Sienna & Chris

Pictured above is "Sienna" working during the Trail Class at the IDMS Show.


Trail Riding - part of our "training program".  We spend many....

relaxing hours on the trails relaxing hours on the trails

.... relaxing hours on the trails.

 
If you are wanting your mule trained please be sure to book in early as our schedules fill up fast.  Feel free to contact us for any questions or to get names and information on individuals who are riding a Rafter CF Trained animal.
 

Kelli and Sienna"laying down".

2 week old "Copyright" colt crossing a bridge!

Sienna and Kelli "laying down"

Two week old baby crossing a bridge!
Links

Rafter CF Training Mule Company
3105 Forest Ave
Bedford, IA 50833
RafterCFTraining@yahoo.com

712-287-3243
 

 
Links
<< Home >>  << Copyright© > <<Training >> << Mules For Sale >> << Our Mares >> << About Us >> << Links >>