I've been intrigued by mules for a while, but I'm not too familar with them and I'd love to learn more. I've only had a chance to handle on mammoth mule and one pony mule, both wonderful animals.
So I'd like to hear about your mules, what makes them different from your horses, how you handle them differently etc. And of course include pictures of your mule riding, driving, or just hanging out!
We used teams of mules for farming for many, many years. However, they were generally more my Dad's business than mine and I didn't mess with them near as much as I did horses. They were all pretty nice mules though, they are very smart and that makes them seem stubborn. You have to talk them into doing something they don't want to do, you certainly can't force them LOL.
Smrobs- Great pics, I like the first team of sorrels, they are really nice looking.
Haviris the baby pics of Canya are absolutely adorable! How old is she now? I'm guessing she is pretty good with the goats as well? What her temperment like?
Smrobs - this it totally off topic, but in the second picture what are the mules pulling? We have one of those out behind the old barn at my grandparents and we are kind of scratching our heads over what it is and what it does.
Canya is 3, she's pretty good w/ all the other animals, although when she feels playful I've seen her chase them (the goats). Her temperment is great, she's easy to catch and handle, and takes things way better then the average horse of the same age.
A mule has to bond to you, then it's 'your' mule, which actually ran me into problems when I sent her away for training. She definitely prefers me or my nephew, but now tolerates being handled by others. You can't 'make' a mule do something the way you can a horse, you have to convience a mule, and if they trust you they'll usually do it for you. They also have greater self preservation then a horse (they don't do things that will get them hurt).
I've been told john mules tend not to mature as quickly (mentally) as mollies, and the majority of the mule people I have met prefer the mollies, and w/ my limited experience I agree!
QHDragon my husband grew up on a farm and he tells me that the piece of farm equipment in the second photo is a drill, it is used to sow oats, wheat, and other small grains/seeds. He is also the one who really, really, REALLY wants to get a MULE!!! LOL
^^ Your right. I was sitting her scratching my head trying to remember what it was called LOL. It is a drill. You open the tops of the boxes and fill it with your seeds and as you go, it cuts a bunch of small rows and drops the seeds in them.
Oh thanks, my grandpa left a lot of random farm equipment, and we have slowly been trying to figure out what it all is and what, if anything, its worth. Helps to know what it does when trying to figure that out!