Summer at DJ Bar
Ranch with Fernando Rolim
5155 Round Mountain Road, Belgrade, MT 59714
*Fernando will be returning April of 2006 for his 3rd
summer, bringing with him several Longears from Brazil and will be available to
start colts this summer.
Fernando Rolim is a veterinarian from Brazil who loves donkeys
and mules and has been training mules in Brazil. He came to the USA in August of
2004 to learn more about new techniques in training mules and donkeys. Fernando
stayed at DJ Bar Ranch with owner Jehnet Carlson. He spent his time working with
breeding and training of mules and visited several different trainers in the US,
including Monica Erman, Jon Ensign, John Lyons, Josh Lyons, Meredith Hodges,
Steve Edwards, Brad Cameron, Van Hargis, Val Geissler, Walter Becker, Manoel
Garcia, Jack Eden, Donna Reimer, and Deloit R.Wolfe.
Fernando started some mules for packing and riding at DJ Bar Ranch. He worked
with mules Custer and Ebony, and after one month of work with Ebony won several
ribbons at the Enterprise, Oregon Hell's Canyon Mule Days. Custer was sold in
Idaho. Several people showed an interest in Fernando's methods of working and
training mules. They shipped their mules to DJ Bar Ranch where he spent several
months working with them. All of the owners were very satisfied with what he was
able to accomplish with their animals.
In his time in the US, Fernando also was dedicated to improving and bettering
the relationship between mule people in Brazil and the US.
Fernando has joined the ADMA and will be a Representative and Inspector for the
American Donkey and Mule Association in Brazil. He also attended an AMA American
Mule Association Judge Clinic. After taking classes and tests, he is now a judge
and member of the American Mule Association.
Fernando was invited to come back to the US to demonstrate more about his
communication with mules. He will return to the DJ Bar Ranch and spend August
and September of 2005 training mules there.
"My experience in the USA was wonderful. I learned a lot from various people,
about many different techniques related to packing, driving, riding and training
equines. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have met so many people during
my stay in the United States and principally to Jehnet Carlson for everything
she taught me. I look forward to returning to Brazil where I can share my
wonderful experience in the USA with mule people".
Words from John Olson, Tess' owner:
"The first time I saw Fernando he was riding a mule that the owner had been
having trouble with.... he wasn't just riding the mule, he seemed to be part of
it. The mule was enjoying the ride - his ears forward, focused on her job,
obviously trusting Fernando 100 %. I knew immediately I wanted him to work with
my 5 year old mule Tess that I had owned from birth. Tess and I had seemed to
reach a point in our work that we could not get past. Despite doing ground work
and giving her attention, she accepted new things with difficulty (unlike her
half sister). I was not able to saddle her.... I am
sure my inexperience played a large role in this as she was unwilling to trust
me. Fernando took Tess and within three days was riding her outside of the round
pen and giving her the confidence to accept new things. After two weeks of
training, she came home for a few days more relaxed and seeking
my attention. Tess went back to Fernando for two more weeks and when she came
home for another break, she had been shod. Trusting new people had always been a
problem, so I saw this as one more step forward. During the last part of her
training, I rode her and began the next phase in our relationship. Fernando has
given us this chance, when other professional trainers had not been nearly as
Jim Grube, Abby's owner is a senior citizen who is very satisfied riding
his mule after one month of training by Fernando. "He did an exceptional job on
Abby - better than I ever could have because he spent a lot of time and put the
miles on her. I definitely got my money's worth."
Chester is another mule Fernando worked with. He is a 7 year old John mule, who
had been started some time before by another trainer. The owners heard about
Fernando and they brought Chester to him to train with the intention of selling
him. It was a very snowy day as they watched Fernando working with the mule. In
a just few minutes he had established a good relationship with Chester: he could
touch his ears, pick up his feet and the mule clearly began to trust him. A few
minutes later Fernando was walking, trotting and galloping him without bucking
or any real resistance.
The owner was very impressed and decided to leave the
mule with Fernando for more training. Eventually, he decided not to sell
Words from Chester's owner:
"Watching Fernando work, I was really envious of his ability with a mule.
He accomplished more in less than an hour than I had been able to the whole
time I've owned Chester. Fernando has a quiet, gentle manner and seems to
establish an unseen communication with an animal. Anyone who is fortunate
enough to have Fernando work with their animal is lucky, indeed."
At DJ Bar Ranch we imprint train all the babies born here. Fernando is
practicing Dr Robert
Miller's methods here with the 2005 foal crop. Click on images to view
Here is a group of photos with Fernando and students from MSU reproduction
class instructed by Shannon Mourioux DVM
Watch for Fernando and Ebony showing at
Bishop in 2005
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time working with the flag. As you can see Ebony took it all in stride!
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**DVD or Video available for $10 showing Gaited mules and
Donkeys in Brazil at
da Gamaleira. Contact us for more information!