Wrangler’s Donkey Diary: Second Lesson Day



Simple hairbrush bristles remove more undercoat


The loose hair on top scrapes off easily


Place girth 4 inches from forearm


Lossen crupper strap & insert tail


Adjust snugly, but not tight


Much improved walking in sync


Proper turn through the gate


More impulsion & flexibility at walk left


First offer to trot easily


Begin reverse


Improved posture & balance at walk right


Offer to trot right


Hindquarter engagement before halt


Improved in sync back to work station


Slide saddle back to loosen crupper – learns to stand quietly


Remove saddle

Bristles are longer which is enough to get it all


No more shedding blade hair breakage


Adjust back girth snug enough to hold the saddle down


Scratch rear for relaxation of the tail


Place saddle over the center of balance


Patient while opening gate


Improved gate posture


Improved posture & balance at walk left


Beginning to find his balance


Complete reverse on correct pivot foot


Improved posture & balance at walk right


Finding balance at trot right


We did GOOD!


Remove bridle & put on halter


Slide crupper off tail


Back to the barn IN SYNC!

  1. Kristin Otto02-05-2019

    Hi Meredith, I’m curious about your use of a crupper with a riding saddle. I’ve always thought of the crupper in use with a driving harness, holding just the harness in place. It seems to me that a britchen is a better way to hold the weight of a saddle and rider in position, as the tail is an extension of the spine. Would you use a crupper on a ride that is other then flat terrain? Thanks for your thoughts on crupper vs britchen and spine health.


    • Meredith02-06-2019

      I have always used a crupper with my English and Western saddles (and harness) on Longears in all kinds of activities, including Dressage & Combined Training (Cross Country Jumping – 3 miles over rugged terrain) to keep the saddle over the center of balance. I do not recommend using breeching with riders, only with pack saddles and inanimate loads. The detailed reasons for this are outlined in an article that I wrote, “Understanding the Use of Cruppers & Breeching” that can be found on my website at https://www.luckythreeranch.com under TRAINING/MULE CROSSING/TACK & EQUIPMENT.

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