I bought a 3yr old pair of mules this Spring. Told they had been driven on the road in traffic. Saw video of it. Yet I cant even get one of them to cooperate on a lead rope. He panics and throw himself back. Had to drug him with a double dose(dormo) for the farrier and still couldn’t do his rear feet. Managed to get 5 out of 8 feet trimmed today, with sedation!
I am about to give up on this one(the other has potential). No problem tieing him when I am on the other side of the fence but I don’t want to be standing next to him. Tried separating them and working with them individually but that seemed to make things worse. They are not aggressive, just panic.
I have have owned and worked with mules and horses in the past. Using them for firewood mostly.
Not sure what to do at this point.