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Welcome to the wonderful world of donkeys, mules and more! is the online home for Meredith Hodges and her champion mules and donkeys, with invaluable resources for trainers and caretakers of all kinds of equines—be they horse, donkey, mule or other equine hybrid.

Meredith's Story

From her beginning as a horse-crazy girl growing up in Northern California, find out how Meredith Hodges found her calling, revolutionized training for mules and donkeys and built Lucky Three Ranch.

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Lucky Three Ranch

Come visit us on the Ranch

Do you love animals, especially mules? Then come visit us and tour the beautiful grounds of this one-of-a-kind working ranch and sculpture park. Visit our tour page to get booked today!

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MULE CROSSING: Understanding the Use of Cruppers and Breeching

The purpose of cruppers and breeching is to keep the saddle from sliding forward when your equine is in motion, whether he is tracking on flat ground or going up and down hills. But if or when you use them, you’ll need to take into account your equine’s anatomy and the effect that each has on his body while he’s in motion.

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Equine Welfare

Get the latest news about equine welfare and updates on the issues facing wild horses and burros. Learn about legislation affecting our equines and find ways you can get involved and help the organizations on the front lines of equine rescue.

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What's new with Rock and Roll? Archive

On December 5, 2010 we welcomed Rock and Roll, two draft mules to Lucky Three Ranch.

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Jumping Equipment

The equipment you use for jumping is designed for yours and your equine’s ultimate safety and performance.

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Ask Meredith

For comprehensive explanations of nutrition, general maintenance, behavior, breeding, showing, tack, training and more visit the Ask Meredith page. Search the full archives for answers to reader questions—or ask your own!

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Equine Events

Looking to get involved in the equine community in your area by attending an equine-related event? Check out our regional event calendar!

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Join our mailing list and receive our quarterly Lucky Three Newsletter-with mule and donkey news, training tips, new product information, contributions from our readers and more.

For comprehensive explanations of nutrition, general management, behavior, tack, showing, breeding and more, visit the Ask Meredith page. You can read Meredith’s detailed answers to readers questions and you can ask one of your own.  Need some information before purchasing a mule or donkey? You’ll find lots of information to help you be a smart buyer. Get all the latest news and information on equine career opportunities, training, breeding, showing, recreation and much more. Visit our Training Section for short training tips or rent full length training shows. We even have a children’s site that lets kids of all ages play while learning about equines.

Whether you are trying to find training that is safe, humane and successful, or just looking to explore the world of equines—we’ve got you covered. This website is a place where the entire equine community can come together; to share and learn from each other…and have a lot of fun in the process!

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Meredith Hodges is a judge, Animal Inspector and Representative of the American Donkey & Mule Society. Founded by Paul and Betsy Hutchins, Leah Patton (Registrar).