Breeding for a Mule?

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    03-27-2011, 04:38 PM
Green Broke
Breeding for a Mule?

I have no knowledge of breeding for a mule. So I have some questions. Not really interested in breeding now, but I might consider it in the far off future. So questions.

What do you look for in a jack when breeding?

How do you know if a jack and mare will make a good match?

What about mammoth jacks??

Is it very different than regular horse breeding?

Any other information is greatly appreciated
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    03-27-2011, 04:51 PM
Subbing :) I'm interested in this myself for the far future
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    03-27-2011, 06:13 PM
Sorry I can't offer any help as I know little about it.... but, Mules & More magazine just put out their annual Jack issue - all kinds of great breeding info. You can buy back issues on their website. They have some good articles online too.
    03-27-2011, 07:25 PM
1. He must have good conformation . A nice , willing , and calm temperment . Height and build also plays part a in this also .

2.Like I said the build , height ,and personalities will determin if the match is a good one .

3.Mammoth Jacks are jacks that are basicly a taller donkey . So if your mare is 15 hhs or taller she will need to be bred to a Mammoth Jack .

4.No , not really . Same way ,just be carefull . The mare may not agree to be bred to a Jack ,so she might try to kick him or hurt him .Or vice-verse-a .lol

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    03-28-2011, 02:57 AM
Subscribing. I love mules. I would probably buy one long before breeding, but it's still fun to know about it.
    03-28-2011, 09:44 AM
Yes buy one ,before you breed !!!!!! They are ALOT different to train than horses , they mature slower , and needs a experinced Longear owner . Mules and horses are almost totally different creatures ,yet mules are half horse .

A Mule Mama needs to be really calm ,laid back , good conformation , and just a pleasure to work with .Because that's how you want your mule to act .

But it will just be cheaper to buy a trained mule in the long run . :)

Cause you know what you are getting . You have what you want .And it will be easier to sell than a young unbroke mule .
    03-28-2011, 10:23 AM
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I don't know much about breeding for a mule but my trainers husband actually specializes in training mules and he has said several times that mules are different then horses and he does seem to move much slower with the mules than the horses. His current mule has actually won several championships in versatility. She go's english and western, she runs barrels and reins, I think she even pulls a cart.

Here is the baby mule that my mare had a few years ago... "aint" he cute???
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    03-28-2011, 10:25 AM
Ahh Mules :) I love my Moolahay's!

When I was back home in B.C Canada, I lived a hop,skip and a jump from a family who owned over 40 acres of land, with a large ranch on it, where they bred Mules. I was greatly involved with their farm, breeding program and their family. They called me their "Adopted Daughter".

Their Jack was a Mammoth Jack. His name was Cracker Jack. He was a sweet heart for the most part, but you couldn't halter him and lead him around. He'd say "forget this" and do what he wanted. He was a big white fuzzy monster. I adored him, adorable.

He bred to Mares who ranged from 14hh, to 17hh. All they did was throw him out in the pasture with the mares and they allowed Nature to do its job. Trust me, where there is a will, there is a way. They had a few Morgans, a few Tennesse Walker - but majority of their Brood Mare stock were TB's.

Their Mules were sold all over Canada and the U.S.A. Many of them went to Oregon. They were very popular in the Draft Horse and Mule Associations.

I had my own Long Ears, and I spent many summers breaking and training their mules to prepare them for sale. I even Evented a Mule :) It was a blast.

Meredith Hodges is the best person to turn to, she is very knoweldgeable and very experienced. I turned to her many times when I was working with Long Ears.

You have to take a different approach with mules than you do with a Horse. Mules NEVER forget, not a thing throughout their lives. When training and working with a mule, remember that they ask "Who, what, where, when and why?" "Why am I doing this?" You have to let them think it was their idea, not yours. You cannot coerse a mule to do something, if they don't think it is "profitable" for them. "What's the point of this?". They learn very quickly.

An example, when training a mule to tie. I could tie a mule up to the hitching post and leave it there. I would watch closely. Some just stood nicely, but others I've seen get tore up about the situation, pull back and start to struggle. When they would struggle, sometimes they'd hurt themselves. The one's who would hurt themsevles during a struggle would say "oh, well, that was stupid, not doing that again" and after that, they'd stand perfectly no matter where or when I would tie them up. Horses for example, could struggle till they severely hurt themselves, destroyed the area, or even kill themselves. Mules learn very quickly from the experiences.

They are a pleasure to work with, to own and you'll fall in love.
    03-28-2011, 01:36 PM
I imagine a mule would be quite a bit different to train because they don't inherit the "flee animal" gene from their horse half. A good, trusting horse will walk off a cliff for you. Mules won't put themselves in danger, which is why they come off as very stubborn.

I love their ears! Abby has great big ears already for a horse and ahhh I could play with them all day. Farmpony, that little one is adorable.
    03-28-2011, 07:22 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for all the replys!! If I do decide to breed for a mule it will be in the far off future. I am really interested in them and would like to own one, I just have to find one. Lol.

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