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.
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.
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, supple and under control.
This demonstration was done for the Taylor County 4-H club.
Chris and Copyright's Flashy Wheels relaxing at the hitching rail
Chris and Copyright's Perfect Dream on the trailer after unloading
hay. She didn't mind at all. The Copyright mules are
“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.
Pictured below is 1st Choice Colonel's Raisin De'
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.
Pictured above is "Sienna" working during the Trail
Class at the IDMS Show.
If you are wanting your mule trained please be sure to book in early as
the 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