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post #1 of 5 Old 08-11-2008, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Mule Questions

I absolutely loooveee mules, and really want to get one soon. I live in South FL and I don't know if just pasture grass would be enough, because I heard there are almost no nutrients in it. I would be using him for about 3' jumps, and trail rides. What would I need to feed him?

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-11-2008, 11:11 PM
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You could put him on some oats or a sweet mix. Give him a bit of hay. too.
He actually may do well on just pasture alone. (my friends has a mule that is just on pasture)
But if he starts lose weight put him on some hay/grain. Also, alfalfa gives alot of energy.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-13-2008, 05:17 PM
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My girls are on pasture grass during the summer months. I think it all comes down to what type of grass it is and what time of year. I was told by an old horse/cattleman that your pasture should be like a good salad. Not just one type of grass but many different ones with a few legumes thrown in (alfalfa clover bean types)
I'm sure you have a department of agriculture or NRCS office somewhere in your area. You should contact them and have them take a look at your pasture and do an assesment. They are a wealth of information and should be able to help you out.
Here is a link for florida NRCS find an office

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-01-2008, 12:07 AM
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I'm in north fl and my mule is sooo fat. they only need very little if no grain at all. They are individuals though and you just need to watch your mule is not getting fat and cresty knecked. If hay and grass keeps them fat, just give them a little crimped oats, handfull to keep them from feeling left out at feed time. Molasses and pelleted feed is too rich for most mules.
Your mule's better too thin than too fat. The Donkey part eats very little in the desert and gets very low nutrition in what it does eat so overfeeding is very easy with mules. Don't worry about your nutrition in your grass. Mules eat all kinds of weeds and stuff horses won't eat and get nutrition out of that. Actually, the more weedy your field the better the mule likes it.
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