Those Magnificent Mules

Join Meredith Hodges as she takes you on adventure, exploring the unique culture of mule people and longears enthusiasts. Through interviews, live events and go-for-broke competitions, you will get to meet the people and animals that are so unique to American culture. The series also explores equine assisted therapy or therapeutic riding and the work being done with mentally, physically and emotionally challenged riders.

EPISODES

Building a Nation: The History of the American Mule

Mules and donkeys have played important roles in the history of humans both as work animals and companions. These unique and often misunderstood equines have made countless contributions to the world as we know it... and some might even surprise you.

Approximately 8 minutes

The Road to Bishop

Meredith Hodges and her longears head to Bishop Mule Days, where they are challenged to the limit in dressage, side-saddle, and English jumping. Archival footage details their rocky but triumphant road to Bishop.

Subtitles available in English.
Approximately 22 minutes

Walk On

This two-episode documentary offers a comprehensive look at the profound, life-changing benefits of therapeutic riding programs for adults and children with disabilities and special needs. These programs explore the special bond that develops between equines and their challenged riders, and how hippotherapy is changing lives for the better around the world.

You will meet a locomotion expert and discover how hippotherapy works, learn about the rehabilitative work being done with wounded soldiers, and hear from celebrity and equine advocate, William Shatner, about his personal involvement with therapeutic riding.

Subtitles available in English.
Part 1 - Approximately 22 minutes
Part 2 - Approximately 22 minutes

The Bishop Experience

Join us for an insider's look at what it takes to put together the Bishop Mule Days celebration. This event is a celebration of mules and donkeys that attracts fans and competitors from all over the world, who compete in 181 events. Watch edge-of-your-seat footage featuring gymkhana events, chariots, dressage and musical tires. Go behind the scenes and into the arena for the go-for-broke competitions including cattle classes, bridled reining, youth classes and the pack scramble.

Subtitles available in English.
Part 1 - Approximately 22 minutes
Part 2 - Approximately 22 minutes

The Bishop All-Stars

Every year during Memorial Day weekend, a celebration of mules and donkeys takes place in Bishop, California. The event attracts fans and competitors from all over the world, who compete in 181 events. Meredith Hodges talks with Bishop Mule Days All-Stars Von Twitchell, Lou Moore Jacobsen and Crystal Ward about competing in gymkhana events, English jumping and side saddle classes. Founder Bob Tanner recounts the history of Bishop Mule Days and how it all began.

Bishop All-Stars Tim Phillips, Vern Brooks and Jo De Collins speak with Meredith Hodges about what it takes to be a Bishop Mule Days All-Star, with career highlights and a look back at the beginnings of Bishop Mule Days.

Subtitles available in English.
Part 1 - Approximately 22 minutes
Part 2 - Approximately 22 minutes

Equus Revisited

This four-part special is a complementary training set for the series Training Mules & Donkeys, with a complete athletic conditioning regimen suitable for all equines—including horses, donkeys, mules and other equine hybrids. Featuring in-depth interviews with equine professionals, including a veterinarian, farrier, chiropractor, breeder and a massage therapist.

Subtitles available in English, Español, Français and Deutsche.
Part 1 (A Healthy Beginning) - Approximately 22 minutes
Part 2 (Balance, Body Awareness and Good Posture) - Approximately 22 minutes
Part 3 (Elements of Good Communication) - Approximately 22 minutes
Part 4 (Athletic Conditioning for Longevity) - Approximately 22 minutes

Those Magnificent Mules - All Episodes

Join Meredith Hodges as she takes you on adventure, exploring the unique culture of mule people and longears enthusiasts. Through interviews, live events and go-for-broke competitions, you will get to meet the people and animals that are so unique to American culture. The series also explores equine assisted therapy or therapeutic riding and the work being done with mentally, physically and emotionally challenged riders.

Subtitles available in English. Some episodes and special features also have subtitles available in Español, Français and Deutsche.
The Road to Bishop - Approximately 22 minutes
Walk on - Approximately 44 minutes total
The Bishop Experience - Approximately 44 minutes total
The Bishop All-Stars - Approximately 44 minutes total
Equus Revisited - Approximately 88 minutes total

Equus Revisited - All Extended Features

Collection of 9 extended features all in one package. Includes Equine Skeletal Structure, The Elbow Pull for Good Posture, Multiple Uses of the Elbow Pull, How to Make an Elbow Pull, Building Coordination Through Obstacles, The Equine Skull, Choosing the Right Bit, Developing Your Hands and Obstacles Under Saddle.

Subtitles available in English, Español, Français and Deutsche.
Approximately 75 minutes total

Equus Revisited: The Equine Skeletal Structure

Understand the workings of the equine skeletal structure with Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, Ph.D. in this discussion from the extended features of Equus Revisited.

Subtitles available in English, Español, Français and Deutsche.
7 minutes 19 seconds

Equus Revisited: The Equine Skull

Understand the equine skull and teeth with Gregory Ferrand, DVM, in this 10 minute discussion from the extended features of Equus Revisited.

Subtitles available in English, Español, Français and Deutsche.
10 minutes

Equus Revisited: Choosing the Right Bit

Explore the details and differences of bits in this discussion with Meredith Hodges from the extended features of Equus Revisited.

Subtitles available in English, Español, Français and Deutsche.
11 minutes

Equus Revisited: Developing Your Hands

Take a lesson with Meredith Hodges and learn the importance of developing your hands for rein control and communication in this extended feature of Equus Revisited.

Subtitles available in English, Español, Français and Deutsche.
7 minutes 54 seconds

Equus Revisited: Building Coordination Through Obstacles

Meredith Hodges demonstrates how obstacles build coordination on the lead line and with ground driving.

Subtitles available in English, Español, Français and Deutsche.
10 minutes

Equus Revisited: Obstacles Under Saddle

Learn how navigating obstacles under saddle benefits your equine's coordination, core strength and posture in this demonstration from Meredith Hodges from the extended features of Equus Revisited.

Subtitles available in English, Español, Français and Deutsche.
6 minutes 41 seconds