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        05-25-2010, 04:36 PM
      #31
    Weanling
    Yea I very much want a mule, they are jus gorgoues not to mention very clever I halter broke a very cute lil pony mule for my trainer and fell in love with his personality always questioning me and always second quessing my decions, if you know what your doing and have experiance with young BLM animals - wild mustangs and burros - it makes the difference because they are not like working with any demesticated animal.
         
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        05-25-2010, 10:13 PM
      #32
    Weanling
    We have not made a decision on whether we will get savannah yet or not. With us being over seas, its a little difficult for us to go see her. And that is something I would like to do before a decision is made. However, that being said, I would love to work with her once she gets old enough. I have some experience with working with wild blm mustangs. I just am not sure about how to go about working with her. So as of now we are still deciding.

    Barry, I am saddened by the loss of your stable mate (the shire). They are wonderful creatures, and I know the loss is hard. I am glad you figured out how to save the picture, and it is bringing some joy to your life. I hope that big ass donkey helps to ease the pain more.
         
        05-25-2010, 11:27 PM
      #33
    Trained
    With Mules....they're either completely awesome and te best creatures you'll ever find....or not even worth your time and money. Pick one. Awesome companion or holy terror. That's my experience. I used to go with my dad on guided hunting trips and everyone rode mules. I've ridden tons of mule sover the years, and loved half and hated half. Can go either way.
         
        05-30-2010, 06:08 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    Aww mammoth mules are the best!!! <3

         
        05-31-2010, 04:48 AM
      #35
    Weanling
    I absolutely love the bray/neigh that mules have. Its so funny and cute at the same time.
         
        06-30-2010, 05:51 PM
      #36
    Foal
    Very interesting. I've never owned a horse and probably only been on a horse say three times and not over 30 min.

    I relate my mules to my labs. Huge personality, ornrey and very affectionate.

    Can horses have huge personalities and be very effectionate? Everyone I ride with has horses and they all seem so dry.

    I'll walk up to my five yr old mule sometimes and she'll just reach out and lay her head on my shoulder.

    Would a horse do something like that. Not to say they don't have they're moments and the vision of dog food has come to mind at times!

    Shadow
         
        06-30-2010, 11:20 PM
      #37
    Yearling
    Of course horses can have huge personalities and be affectionate, I'd say all three of our equines are very personable. Magic is a nut, very silly, constantly playing w/ things, he likes to take the halters off the fence and throw them around, he also opens the gate sometimes, and gives hugs. He also gives kisses, but that was taught (although he will only do it to the people he loves).
         
        06-30-2010, 11:40 PM
      #38
    Yearling
    Stupid thing posted before I was ready then wouldn't let me edit. So anyway....

    Gypsy is very much like Magic! But not so obsessed w/ having something in her mouth, she does he head on shoulder thing and tries to groom my back when I bend down in front of her. She comes running when I call (but not for anyone else), and she loves to go!

    Canya (mule) is probably the least affectionate, but she's sweet to, if she likes you (and she does me)! She'll follow me around like a big dog, breathing down my neck. She's never called to me the way the horses do, but considers me one of 'her' people and like to be groomed and handled.

    Don't think anyone would see their personalities just going on a trail ride w/ us (Canya's either), they are good animals and generally do their jobs, but they do have thier moments!
         
        07-01-2010, 12:27 AM
      #39
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MuleWrangler    
    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.
    I beg to differ on the underlined quote. I have only known 4 or 5 mules and never have owned one, but at least 1/2 of them were much spookier than my horses (which are/were Arabs and a Mustang).

    I always hear the quote that they are self preserving and not spooky, but I have not found that to be true in my limited experience. The spooky mule I rode was very affectionate though and had wonderful, wonderful feet. I did love the tough, bare feet she had. She was also big and well built. But spooky. Too spooky for me to relax on her. But she was awfully sweet.

    I have also known two other spooky mules. So I dunno, I know they have their following, but I kind of think they are a bit over-rated.

    As for gaits, the molly mule I rode had a nice fast, smooth walk, much like the "flat walk" of a gaited horse. No need to get used to it, it felt great to me! Her trot swung me side-to-side but was not any rougher than my horses. I rather liked her trot.

    The one thing I would have to get used to though, is even though she was built like a tank, she was narrower in the withers than a horse. So you feel like you are riding on a narrow animal even though she was nice and broad in the chest. I think the narrow wither area is a conformation trait of mules (but mule folks can correct me if I'm wrong on that).

    So that is my personal experience and opinion on mules. I also think that if the seller is telling you she is "strong willed" she is trying to warn you in a round-about way that the animal is difficult to work with. If she wasn't, why even say so?
         
        07-01-2010, 01:07 AM
      #40
    Foal
    My wife and I spend about 80% of our riding in the mts of Wy and the rest playing with cattle, driving, brandin, and sorting.

    I actually seek out the narrower front ended mule. I think they climb much better than a wider frt ended mule.

    It's absolutely amazing how they will drop off a sheer mt side like it's nothing. The wifes mule is 23 and scares the crap out of me watching the things she will do.

    I did have one mule that was beyond spooky. I swear that mule would spook on a peble add to that she was very athletic and would scoot right out from under me. I once had a pheasant blow about a foot away while on her. No idea how I stayed in the saddle on that one. Didn't have her very long.

    Shadow
         

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