What I don't understand about mules is everyone says they are so calm, but I have boarded with/known people who have mules, and I am not stretching the truth, but 4 out of 6 I have known have been spooky. I don't mean spooking once in a blue moon, like a good horse might, but actually kind of jumpy and spooky. Like you could go out on a trail ride and know that mule would spook with you 2-3 times. My horses aren't that
So, while I thought they were kind of cool before I actually have known a few, now that I've known a few (and ridden one) I kind of think I will pass on owning a mule. I will never say never, because I also said I would never own another mare, and now I have one that I love, but I would not purposely go out and look for a mule when trail horse shopping.
So I assume people will tell me that is atypical? Because all the stuff you read about mules, even going down in the Grand Canyon and such, tells you they are self preserving and not spooky.
The one I rode, was big, beautiful, and very sweet. But she would spook and either jump sideways or bolt, and I just felt like I couldn't relax and enjoy my ride on her. She was owned by a dear friend that passed away, and I never could tell her I didn't enjoy riding her mule.