Originally Posted by chika1235
i was wondering why people tend to stereotype mules more than any other equine?i mean that yeah they look diffrent and yeah they can be more difficult but there is no sense in people just hating mules and what they do...im wanting to breed my tn walker mare to get a mule outta her and I was wanting to know what is the market like for mules right now and what some of the mules do to get their stereotype.whats the diffrence between a mule and any other equine???and I know their infertile!
Mules get a bad image because if you can't get a good horse foal out of a mare, you breed it to a jack. Therefore, you get bad quality mules. Those mules are the one people usually think of.
Also, must people's experience with them is from TV and people who say things like "stubborn as a mule" or "ugly as a three legged mule." People who think they have a good idea of them have never really been around them.
As far as the market goes, there is always one for good quality, well trained mules. They tend (in most areas of the country) to be more valuable them horses. That is, if they are trained and of good quality. For example, a mule that can to the trails, jump, and drive could fetch about 6,000 dollars easy.
The difference is that mules have usually no wither, no chestnuts on their back legs, and usually no forlock. They have sparse manes and tails that sometimes stand straight up. Mules are a heck of a lot smarter than horses, but 100 times more cautious. They need to see the point of an exercise in order for you to train them, and it is better if they don't even know they are being trained. If they think it is their idea, it always turns out better.