Lucille Mulhall Trains Horses by Making Them Her Friend
Wichita Daily Eagle, 29 Sep 1908
Miss Lucille Mulhall, who will give exhibitions of equestienne work during the Peerless Prophets' celebration,
has a national reputation and is probably one of the most successful horse trainers in the country. In her system
of training she considers gentleness as one of the most important factors. She uses whip and spur, but their purpose
is more for admonition - a warning of what might occur - than for punishment. She believes that if you can
convince a horse that you are his friend he will continue to strive until he does all that is wanted of him.
Horses are vain, just like bipeds, is her theory, and have the same satisfaction in doing creditable things.
Governor, the horse she rides, was raised on the Mulhall ranch and has forty tricks at the present time
and is constantly adding to his accomplishments. He can shoot a gun, pull off a man's coat and put it on again; can roll a barrel;
can walk up stairs and down again, a difficult feat, is perfect in the march and the Spanish trot; extends the forelegs so that an easy mount
can be made; kneels, lies down, and sits up. In fact, his education is nearly perfect and he does almost
everything but talk.
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