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why do people stereotype mules so much???

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    08-13-2009, 08:54 PM
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How do they feel under saddle, and are there any special requirements for saddling? Love how sure footed and careful they are to look out for their well being.
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    08-13-2009, 11:47 PM
I have a mule that came out of my mare and my donkey [she was a complete accident] but mules are prefered here- we had multiple offers on her before she was even born, but she has got to be one of the most curious animals we have out there [and there are a lot of animals]....just the other day I was teaching my mare about the [horse-eating, apparently] tarp, then while I was jumping her I looked over and the mule was standing right on top of the tarp and sniffing around...she'd never seen it or anything like that before..so I was like...WOW. And whenever yohu ride [she's never been ridden because she's young] she's following right with you, i'm sure she's asking what the heck are you doing up there? But it hink mules are GREAT and I hear they keep the coyotes away which is good because we have chickens and other birds...I would recommend a good mule to anyone

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    08-20-2009, 03:50 PM
Green Broke
I wanna muley. :(
    08-20-2009, 04:26 PM
Mules are supposed to be super hardy on the trails with good strong feet and legs.
    09-21-2009, 01:33 AM
Green Broke
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.
    09-21-2009, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Walkamile    
How do they feel under saddle, and are there any special requirements for saddling? Love how sure footed and careful they are to look out for their well being.
Sorry for the double post everyone... I was going to edit but it isn't working...

Mules are more narrow then horses with less sprung ribs, so it feels a bit different. They can see their back feet, so they seldom fall or trip. The ride is much smoother on a mule in most cases.

As far as special requirements for saddling, they have almost no wither, so the saddle slips and slips around like crazy. A breast collar and a britching or crupper is a most on trails, but not always when just riding around on flat ground.

Since their backs are so much narrower, a western saddle with quarter horse bars will be very uncomfortable on their backs. If you're lucky enough to have a saddle that fits, ride the heck out of it, but you will usually need to get a mule-tree.

If you ride english, it isn't really a problem except for the slipping.
    09-21-2009, 02:17 AM
Wahoo... next weekend is the draft horse mule extravaganze in Idaho.. yup yup yup...
    09-21-2009, 02:55 PM
I had a Mule named Tommy that was rescued right off the truck going to Slaughter. He was the Sweetest darn thing. He had no idea how to do anythign but plow. He was a Quick learner though. With in a month we taught him to lung in the Round Pen, He was WT&C undersaddle. He didnt turn very well he just knew to go straight but he tried. He wanted to make you happy. He was the best to ride Bareback. He was a Big guy. We think a draft Cross he was so darn huge and wide. He was the best I was able to ride him until I was 8 months Pregnant! He would go byt the fence to let me up and when we were done with our walk he went right back and made sure I was off and safe before he moved.
The only problem we had with him was picking up his feet. The Amish had him and they used to Flip him on a board and do all 4 feet at one time. He was doing good with learning to pick up his feet. I sadly had to find him a new home shortly after my son was born. I couldnt afford both. He has a happy new home and is Very loved!
    09-21-2009, 02:58 PM
Originally Posted by Walkamile    
How do they feel under saddle, and are there any special requirements for saddling? Love how sure footed and careful they are to look out for their well being.

The one I rode was super Comfy and had very smooth gaits. For Saddles Find one that fits the mule just like you would a horse.
My guy needed a wide tree. It took a few saddle fittings to find one that he and I was COmfy with.

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