I met the nicest mule a couple of weeks ago, and have been obessing over them ever since. He is a TB/Percheron x mammoth jack cross and moved like a warmblood with giant ears, it was pretty amazing. If he were for sale I would snatch him up in a minutes.
So who here owns a mule? And what do you do with it?
I don't have any now, sold my girl Canya a few months ago. We trail rode her mostly,
I also had Canya's half brother, Joker (in the last pic), but traded him for Canya's training. And had a pony mule named Radar, but he was just pasture art, I gave him to the little brother of a girl I knew, who needed something to ride (and keep thier horse company).
Yep, most of ours were belgian mules, we did have some percheron mules in there occasionally, but Dan and Dolly were QH mules.
I wish I had a picture of Kate and Midge. They were blood red percheron mules and they were the biggest set we ever had. They both sticked at 18hh+ and together with nothing more than halters, they weighed more than 4000 lbs. We had hell finding harness for them LOL.
When I was riding Pete, I just used my regular roping saddle but if it was going to be a long term setup, you probably should look to get a mule saddle. The bars are a bit different, I am not sure how, but I think it's because a mule's back is a bit straighter or flatter than a horse.
I'll always remember mules because the first time I ever drove was a team of them =) And the only types I've ever seen are the Belgian mules. To me, every other type just looks weird ;). My friend hates them with a passion because they're ugly apparently, but I've always thought it'd be interesting to have one, and see the difference between them and a horse (psychologically I mean).
There was one at Ebenezer Park in Jasper, TX this past weekend. He/she was LOUD and kept braying like crazy. I encountered one on the trails a few months back and she was a doll. I'd like to ride one!! My boy is not the most sure footed of fellows and I hear they don't put a wrong step!