5155 Round Mountain Road, Belgrade, MT 59714
(406) 388-7463 or (406) 581-7443
Next Clinic Date:
Email me if you would like information on 2012 clinic
(usually the week after Montana Mule Days)
Katja the intern who was here from VT participated this year and gained a lot of
confidence. Here are a few photos from this year's clinic hosted by Larry and
Kathy VanDyke of Bozeman. Even though we had cloudy skies the weather held for
Thursday and Friday: colt
Saturday: Riding with confidence on the trail
using obstacles bridges tarps and much more
Sunday: riding the trail with your mule.
Learn to cross water and navigate the trails safely
Steve is offering 1/2 off the clinic price if you
buy a mule from DJ Bar Ranch
Package: $150 for camping
electric hook up, corral, and meals only.
The clinic price: $85 per day for the trail
riding that is Sat and Sunday
Colt starting: $350 for two days Thursday and
I do have some accommodations in the house
2 private rooms
$25 per night for private room with double bed
$15 per night for bunk beds.
Friday night symposium—free to the
public. Bring all your family and friends! This is
an opportunity to visit personally with Steve
Edwards. He will talk with participants so that he
can gear the clinic to the needs of the mules and
Clinic 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In the morning
Steve will address the needs and problems
participants spoke about at Friday Evening
symposium. Later that morning he will talk about
ground communication skills. Afternoon session
starts with getting ready to ride skills and then
Steve will demonstrate using voice, hands, legs, and
seat communication skills. Everyone will then
practice these skills in the arena with their mules.
Cowboy Church at 9:00 a.m.
Everyone welcome! Clinic 10:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. In the morning Steve will go over skills
taught on Saturday to refresh everyone\'s memory,
and will answer any questions. After that, everyone
will practice the communication foundation work in
the arena with their mules. Steve will be working
with the group and individually with each
participant providing personal assistance throughout
This clinic is limited
to10 mules and riders so that Steve can give
everyone individual attention. Clinic Costs:
for both days, Spectator-$25
One-on-One Session with Steve Edwards
Let Steve help you reach the goals your have for
yourself and your mule. You can work on various
things including ground communications, trail
riding, driving, and packing. Cost: $65 for first
hour and $50 per hour for additional time.
Contact Steve at 602-999-6853 or
email@example.com to schedule a session.
- Ground Communications—learn
how to catch your mule, how to halter, leading
your mule, how to ask the mule to pick up his
hoofs, move over, back up, go forward, and stop.
- Trail Riding—First
level trail riding will be done in an arena with
no obstacles. Second level trail riding will be
done in an arena with obstacles. Steve will
make sure your mule is in a proper saddle and
that he is properly bitted for trial
riding. Learn how to pick up all of your mule's
feet, learn how to use a twitch, and learn how
to tack on a shoe if one comes off while
riding. Learn proper trail etiquette. Teach
your mule speed control; fast walk, slow walk
and a trot. Learn how to keep your mule in a
proper place in relation to others on the
trail. You and your mule should always be
two full mule lengths behind the mule in front
of you when going up a hill and three full mule
lengths behind when going down a hill.
Trail riding clinic with a trail ride in the PM
for those who want in the horseshoe hills Steve can also show you how to go
through pipe gates and wire gates.
your driving skills or start from the beginning
and build a good foundation. You must be
willing to commit to a five hour day for five
days to take this class. If you would like
to start a team, talk to Steve about doing some
foundation training with your mules before you
equestrian helmets are highly recommended for all
participants, and required for those under 18 years
Contact Jehnet at the DJ Bar Ranch by email,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone (406) 388-7463 or (406) 581-7443
for more information.
Forms: Please print and complete
Clinic Registration Packet (CLICK HERE)
and bring it with you to the clinic.
Payment: Pay your clinic
registration deposit on-line
HERE. 50% deposit due upon registration-balance
due at clinic.
Cancellations: If you can not make
it to the clinic you have registered for, you must
contact us 15 days prior to the clinic for
reimbursement of registration fee.
Click here to see Steve Edwards Schedule of Events
for more clinics as well as free symposiums!
Here are some comments from Participants last year.
Bob and I want to thank you, once again, for the great time we had at your ranch
this past weekend!! Your hospitality was so warm and your home so cozy...... "my
house is yours, the bathroom and shower are down the hall. There are plenty of
towels and yell out if you are taking a shower so we don't run water out
here"....... Were welcoming words! And then there were the hearty meals, fit for
any "cowboy"..... Just lovely!
Take care of yourself and do keep in touch...
Thanks for a truly awesome weekend. I can't say enough great things about
Steve and all that I accomplished. Your hospitality was great, you really worked
to make the clinic a success and it was. If the opportunity presents itself
again in the future and Steve would be returning to Bozeman, I would love to
help you to put together another clinic. Folks really missed an informative and
fun weekend. I've attended both mule and horse clinics and this one by far was
the most beneficial to me.
Thanks again for all of your hard work.
Thank you, too, for the opportunity to participate in the Mule Clinic. It was
obviously a lot of work on your part, more work than play. Those that
participated, I know, were pleased to have had such a quality instructor and
grounds such that several could participate at the same time working their mules
in different ways. It was a unique experience for me and I feel that I learned a
lot -- not just head knowlege but practical ways to communicate better to my
animal, therefore, making for a more enjoyable ride; and perhaps a happier
horse, too. And then there was the food service that was hearty and good! You
are to be much commended for all your time, hard work, talent, and generosity
that went in to making this clinic happen.
What a great week end Jehnet!!! And I know next year will be even better
'cause the interest has been sparked! Thanks for the pictures, keep them comin'.
I LOVE getting pictures from you!
I sure enjoyed myself at the clinics, I really enjoyed the other mule people
who were there.