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post #1 of 13 Old 07-21-2009, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Mules!

Ok, I've been wanting a saddle mule since... well, forever. I've been saving up my money for years, and I think I have almost enough. This is one that I'm looking at;



She's a seal brown molly registered under the name of 'Hawleywood's Demi Moore.'

Anyone else have mules? Any special advice? There is no good sources of information on the net and no books either. All the info I have has been patched together from various books and sites.

Also, anyone have any pics that they might share?
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-21-2009, 10:08 PM
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*drool dripping down on keyboard*

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Lol, she is beautiful. I really want a mule. Like, really bad. If I didn't have a horse, I'd have a Paso Mule.

I think you have to have different saddles for them but I'm not sure..
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-21-2009, 10:10 PM
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She is great! No mules here, but I absolutely love them.
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-22-2009, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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*drool dripping down on keyboard*

--You owe me a new laptop!!--

Lol, she is beautiful. I really want a mule. Like, really bad. If I didn't have a horse, I'd have a Paso Mule.

I think you have to have different saddles for them but I'm not sure..
Oh man, gotta love those ears <3

Paso mule = Love <3
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-22-2009, 01:01 AM
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Yeah, dealing with mules is a whole different thing than dealing with horses. (I know I'm going to get bashed for this one but....) Mules are smarter. And because of that, they are often labelled as stubborn. You cannot force a mule to do anything the way that you can a horse. There is a lady who has a show on RFD-TV, I can't seem to remember her name but she is an expert at training "long ears". I have always been around mule teams but only had the opportunity to ride one. He and I didn't really get along because I don't particularly care for a mount that is always trying to outsmart me. ;) LOL. The one that you picked is certainly a looker, is she broke to ride already?

Here is Pete, a belgian mule that my Dad and I broke to ride after his mate died.




Oh!! Found it. Meredith Hodges. Here is her site on rfd-tv.
http://www.rfdtv.com/shows/mules.asp

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Mules backs are different so they need kind of a different shaped saddle. I don't know if this is across the board, but my friend who has a mule is having a hard time getting a western saddle that fits right. I would love to get a mule one day. They are pretty good jumpers too.



Apparently these competitions are pretty popular, I think its super cool. That second mare is really cute too, I kinda wants her.
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-22-2009, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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My friend's mule coon jumps too; I think it's amazing that they can get that high from a stand-still.

Oh, and that Belgian mule is really nice looking; I love anything built like that.
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-23-2009, 02:17 AM
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Thank you. Of course, if you ask me, I would suggest a draft mule over a QH mule because they tend to be much more laid back. :)

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post #9 of 13 Old 07-23-2009, 11:07 AM
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I have a mule named Sugar..here are some pics:


And her sire, Eeyore, my donkey:

And her dam, Summer:
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-23-2009, 11:25 AM
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By the way, I went to a couple of mule and donkey shows once we found out that Summer was in foal with Eeyore and they said that some mules don't have withers high like horses and they require a crupper. I'm not sure how valid this information is, but I'm just throwing it out there
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