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post #1 of 10 Old 05-23-2011, 04:16 PM Thread Starter
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Breeding with a mule(discussion)

No I do not own a horse or mule, nor do I plan on breeding them if I did. I will only breed once I have the knowledge and financial means to do so and that's after the horses have the appropriate health testing and such.

I LEAVE THE BREEDING TO THE EXPERTS!

With the being said. I am wondering can you breed a mule to a horse for example: A horse stallion to a female mule? Can they produce a healthy foal??What will it look like? Temperament? I know it has been said many times that Mules are sterile. But I remember reading an article about how a female mule(do they have a certain name?) mated with a stallion and gave birth to health foal.

Is this possible? I am not trying to start a debate(As I am sure someone will try and do that) And I am aware how heated the breeding topic is. But this is for discussion only.

I am just wondering if its possible for a mule to mate with a horse and produce a healthy foal.

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Mules aren't able to breed. You cross a donkey with a horse to get a mule.

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From my understanding, there are very rare cases of a mule reproducing that exist, but it's definitely far from the norm.
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No I do not own a horse or mule, nor do I plan on breeding them if I did. I will only breed once I have the knowledge and financial means to do so and that's after the horses have the appropriate health testing and such.

I LEAVE THE BREEDING TO THE EXPERTS!

With the being said. I am wondering can you breed a mule to a horse for example: A horse stallion to a female mule? Can they produce a healthy foal??What will it look like? Temperament? I know it has been said many times that Mules are sterile. But I remember reading an article about how a female mule(do they have a certain name?) mated with a stallion and gave birth to health foal.

Is this possible? I am not trying to start a debate(As I am sure someone will try and do that) And I am aware how heated the breeding topic is. But this is for discussion only.

I am just wondering if its possible for a mule to mate with a horse and produce a healthy foal.

Thanks! Please keep it civil!
I have heard that molly mules can breed but it depends on how the genes in that particular animal lines up.

Anyways from what I understand what would be produced would be a horse with that DNA.
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I'd say it would be pretty lucky as nearly all Mules are genetic duds because though Donkeys and Horses are similar they are not of the same genetic pool. This is why donkeys have such big ears, funny tails and cannot whinney. Poodles and Wolves are of a closer family than horses and donkeys. Their genes are compatible, however, which is why they can produce Mules but Mules have a hard time reproducing (sort of like Ligers).

Though I would not know why anyone would want to breed a mule unless to another mule, id think that their temperaments would be similar to a mules (though some mules are more like horses and some more like donkeys).

I've always wanted to see a Fjord, Donkey cross. It's probably look something like Prezwaski's horse lol

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I have heard that molly mules can breed but it depends on how the genes in that particular animal lines up.

Anyways from what I understand what would be produced would be a horse with that DNA.
Minor correction..can produce a donkey as well.

Here is proof.


http://origin.denverpost.com/news/ci_6464853

It is a matter of the chromosomes the molly mule has.
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There is a Gypsy breeder her that is transplanting furtalized eggs into moly mules, so there show mares can continue to show. I think it's really sweet.

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Thanks for the information. Please keep it coming.=)
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Horses and donkeys have different numbers of chromosomes, that's why most mules are born sterile. I think horses have 32 pair and donkeys have 31 pair or something like that. Due to that, there is some kind of kink in the matchup during the formation of the zygote that prevents the formation of proper sperm/egg production in the offspring. I don't really understand it myself LOL, it's been a long time since I took a biology class.

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Horses and donkeys have different numbers of chromosomes, that's why most mules are born sterile. I think horses have 32 pair and donkeys have 31 pair or something like that. Due to that, there is some kind of kink in the matchup during the formation of the zygote that prevents the formation of proper sperm/egg production in the offspring. I don't really understand it myself LOL, it's been a long time since I took a biology class.
Horses have 64 chromosomes and donkeys have 62, so mules end up with 63. Since the chromosomes have to split, there has to be an even number. So it usually doesn't work on mules.

Like sonador said, I've read about people doing embryo transfers into mules. Apparently they make good mothers.
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