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post #1 of 35 Old 01-14-2009, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Mammoth Jacks

Yup its me with another question about another odd draft breed!
Does anyone have any info or experience with mammoth jacks? Are they as stubborn as their smaller relatives? I've handled donkeys before and it wasn't a very pleasant experience. If they don't want to go, there's sure as heck nothing you can do about it!

I have to admit though, those sonar ears are just the cutest darned things!
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post #2 of 35 Old 01-14-2009, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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I've been looking through more information about them and...I'M IN LOVE! =D
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post #3 of 35 Old 01-14-2009, 09:51 PM
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Never had the chance to work with them, but did some research... MDH and I really wanted one but couldn't find one nearby AT ALL up here. They are supposed to be extremely loyal and eager to please if you have a solid relationship with them. If, however, you don't keep that relationship and trust, they apparently can be quite troublesome. Like Mules -- just bigger. That's what they are after all.
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post #4 of 35 Old 01-15-2009, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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From what I've read they are also a bit more inexpensive and easier to care for. No oats, and no alfalfa hay due to the high protein. Apparently the "never forget?" so you can leave them in the field for years and hop up on their back and they're ready to go! Hoof trimming only needs to be done every 8-12 weeks instead of every 6weeks.
I love the part about the spooking though. Instead of running off blindly like horses tend to do, they freeze and assess the situation (although I wonder how long that takes them? lol).
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post #5 of 35 Old 01-15-2009, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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These are exactly what I'm looking for (only for trail riding).

These guys are 17h!
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I don't have any direct experience (although I did meet one at a show!) but I do know that donkeys and mules are quite different from horses. Someone on another forum, who has mules, said that you tell horses what to do but with mules you negotiate. I would think that mammoth jacks would be like other donkeys ...

I really really want one too! They're so gorgeous :0

(Ever been to a donkey show? The ones I've seen had an awesome friendly atmosphere: I think no-one could get snobby because everyone and anyone's donkey was liable to stop dead at any point ... )
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post #7 of 35 Old 01-16-2009, 01:47 AM
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OMG I want one of those too!!!! I really really want a mule but the ones in the picture are so big! Wonder if they would be able or willing to jump?

The rider casts her heart over the fence, the horse jumps in pursuit of it.
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post #8 of 35 Old 01-16-2009, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Let me see if I can find those pics. Apparently mules make great jumpers!

**edit** found some!

The first 2 are of jumping mules and the last one is a dressage mule (who knew!).
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post #9 of 35 Old 01-16-2009, 01:37 PM
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aw i love them! at the rescue i used to volunteer at they had two donkeys and once they got to know you they would call for you when you were coming to feed. SOoooooo cute!
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post #10 of 35 Old 01-16-2009, 02:14 PM
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I have some friends who have a mammoth jack. I know he (Beauford) is very loving and friendly, they haven't had any problems training him except he is a bit lazy and slow but that may just be a individual thing.
They bought him to breed for mules. They aren't sure if he bred any of their mares since its been pasture done. It will be interesting this spring if any foals arrive. I'll be sure to get some photos up if there are any.
I know a mammoth jack like a donkey can breed to a horse and get a mule. A mule can't breed to a horse and get another horse or mule. At least normally, I have known it to take place but its rare.

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