Well congradulations on your choice. I've been raiseing, breaking, training and rideing mules for many years now. They are my choice for a no.1 ride. Yes they are different from horses in many aspects. I would suggest though that if you buy one to get you an older dead broke animal. Mules are extra long lifed compared to horses and a 25 year old mule is just in their prime. Some live a usefull life up to 40+. If I can help in any way let me know. What part of the country are you from. I know where some real good mules are up for sale here in Az. My e-Mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck. Lonnie
I hear ya about the scarcity of mules in Texas. When I lived N. Of Austin a few years back I had the only mules in the county. I believe if you could find an older well broke mule for your daughter she would have a good companion hoever A person needs to conqure there own fears where horses are concerned. Some people just don't care fore horses or mules snd no amount of exposure will change their mind. My neighbor has a yard full that he originally started out getting for the kids. Now he is stuck with the maintenence and care. I've been waiting to hear from a lady here in Az. Who has some nice mules for sale. She is a full time student and just does not have time for them. I don't need anymore myself but will let you know what I find out.
Michelle Chack this lady out. I hear she's honest and has some real nice mules. She lives about 30min. Out of Ft. Worth. Her name is lisa fergason. Ph.# is 946-458-3404. If you are looking for a no nonsense mule training book look for the Mule Skinners Bible by Max Harsha. He also has some great vidios. He lives in Cloud Croft NM. And will take your calls and answer any questions that he can help you with. Typical mule man.