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post #1 of 15 Old 09-09-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Let's see your mules!

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?

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-09-2010, 03:10 PM
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We've had mules all my life, though we didn't normally use them for riding. We used to do all of our farming with teams of mules . Let me see if I can find a few pictures.

My brother driving Tiny and Buster


My grandpa planting with mules.


Dad and I on the wagon.


Winter transportation, this is how we used to haul hay to our cows in the winter.


Me driving Dan and Dolly when I was about 4 or 5


Me on Pete after his mate died of west nile, Dad and I broke him to ride.


Plowing.


Me driving Dan and Dolly again.



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post #3 of 15 Old 09-09-2010, 08:40 PM
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smrobs they are all amazing!! tiny, buster and pete are my favorites, I would love a mule!!
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-10-2010, 01:13 AM
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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).

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post #5 of 15 Old 09-10-2010, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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smorbs - ooo, that's cool. They look like they were mostly Belgian crosses?

haviris - aww, she's cute too!

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post #6 of 15 Old 09-10-2010, 05:03 PM
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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.

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Oh wow, I can imagine! The one that I saw and am totally in love with was 17.2, his owner taught him to bow so she could easily get on and off on trail rides, it was pretty neat.

I have another question, what exactly is a mule saddle? If I got a mule would I have to get a mule saddle?

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-10-2010, 06:04 PM
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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.

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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).


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post #10 of 15 Old 09-10-2010, 07:01 PM
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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!

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