Around here, I never see a mule under saddle because all the "cowboys" think they are stupid. How little the cowboys know. Mules seem stubborn/stupid because they are actually smarter than horses and you really have to earn their trust and work WITH them on their level. They will not allow you to bring them down to your level. LOL. I have been around mules all my life but only ridden one, he was incredible. Big and strong, but so soft. He was sold to a woman who wanted a saddle mule. Originally, she wanted a QH mule but saw Pete and fell completely in love........... couldn't blame her, he was a big sweetie.
Oh my. He is big!! And looks like a pure joy to ride. Our little guy happens to be gaited which makes him fun even in a trot. For a lark one time, I rode him in Pole Bending. He took second but perhaps it was because all the other horses had that "what is that" look on their minds.. (get 'em every time!!) Too fun.