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post #21 of 43 Old 05-25-2010, 12:48 PM
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I've seen draft cross mules in person and they are absolutely stunning.

Belgian mules, to be exact. Le sigh....

That mule's daddy is one BIG ASS! Yowza!

I'd heard of mammoth jacks, but I've never seen a donkey that large before. Mules yes, donkeys no.

I'd love to have a long ears some day, but I'm probably not smart enough. Horses keep me hopping, so I can't imagine trying to outsmart a mule!
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post #22 of 43 Old 05-25-2010, 12:56 PM
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Mules > Horses

That's all I have to say on the subject.
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As you say Savannah is a big big boy - how's about a caption for that photo
of a Donk and his Dad, which I think to be worth a prize?

It is now my screen saver

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Haha! Yes, Barry, the grey one in the picture with the man is the donkey - as mentioned he's what is called a mammoth jack and he is for sure stunning!

I heart mules, and someday I intend to have one. Down in southern Indiana they have a mammoth jack standing at stud - 17 hands, black, he is gorgeous. I've been keeping an eye on him for 2 years. If I ever had any desire (which I don't!) to breed, I'd be sure making a mule baby out of him. As it is, I'll just keep track of him and someday when I can afford it, track down one of his babies!


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I have to agree with lovelongears, all mules are more strong willed than horses. You can't train them the way that you do a horse and if you try, they will hurt you. She is a pretty nice looking little mare/jenny/whatever they are called. They do make very good and dependable mounts with the right training but their gaits take a lot of getting used to. Also, they can certainly do dressage but they cannot be competative with a dressage horse just because they don't have the same quality of movement. Most of the mules I have experience with were driving teams but I did get the opportunity to ride one that my dad trained.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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"You can't train them the way you train horses and if you try they will hurt you"

Well, since I have suddenly become obsessed by that photo of Savannah I have to ask the obvious question: 'how do you go about it?'
There must be a few basic principles.

also
'The gaits' - what is the difficulty?

Now Savannah is a donkey - so where do they fit in the horse, donkey, mule trio?

Years ago donkeys were used in the UK for giving kids 'donkey' rides on the beach
- that has pretty much disappeared these days.

There are several donkey sanctuaries over here and two small donkeys who live quite local to where I keep my horse. But if one of the creatures ever comes across the field to the gate as I pass by in the lane, my horse freaks out and is terrified - why?
Even my old horse, Joe, who was pretty much bomb proof - was terrified of the donkeys. One hee-haw and he was off like a startled rabbit.

But Savanna - I just can't get over that photo!

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First, you cannot manhandle a mule, no matter what. They are not a forgiving creature and if you hurt them on purpose, they will never forget it and you can never trust them. You can't force them to do anything like some people do with horses, they will fight back. I don't train mules and certainly don't consider myself an expert but my Dad has trained hundreds and I just go by what he tells me. Their gaits aren't difficult, that's not what I said, I said they take some getting used to as they just feel so much different than a horse.

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Are you going to get the mule?

I use to think they were okay but now I love them.
My vet has some and I stood by one and he was MASSIVE!
I couldn't believe it.

When I'm riding down the rode with my horse the mules always come to greet :)
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Mules are awesome, and are actually preferable to horses on several counts. Generally, mules can exist on lesser food and won't eat themselves to death like a horse will, their feet are usually very good, they are sure-footed, they think about things instead of just bolting like a horse does and they are sturdier and more heat-resistant. You do have to convince them to do something--partner with them, if you will--instead of just telling them like you would a horse. A mule's self-preservation drive is high and they are very intelligent, which some people say is "stubbornness."

That donkey is amazing! I have seen big mammoths, but he takes the cake! Our donk is a large standard (just under mammoth height), but he has the personality of any six horses. Everyone should have a donkey! Meredith Hodges of Lucky Three Ranch events on her donkey and trains mules for dressage and other disciplines and does a very nice job. She has a series of mule- and donkey-training guides that may be helpful to you.
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Meredith Hodges of Lucky Three Ranch events on her donkey and trains mules for dressage and other disciplines and does a very nice job. She has a series of mule- and donkey-training guides that may be helpful to you.
I've seen her show and if she is the one actually training anything I would be suprised. I have seen her give tips on how to do something that will get people hurt or killed. There are better people to learn from than her. The only reason she has the big ranch and TV show is because her father was Charle Schultz the creator of the Peanuts comic strip.

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