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post #1 of 24 Old 03-27-2013, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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mule genetics??

I was wondering how different mule genetics are from horses?

I've seen some 'white' mules in ads but arent they called 'ivory'? Its not got blue eyes if that helps. Just brown.


What two colors (jack & mare) produce 'white' mules?
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One of the parents is grey. White mules are grey just like horses. Shalom
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Does the color of the jack even matter?


Are the mares genetics dominant over the jacks?
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I don't know what causes all white mules, I'd assume it's like horses and can be several different things. I know that many mules that end up white didn't start that way, one of my mules was born looking a bit like a loud sorrel frame, but as she got older her red roaned out and faded til it was almost non existant, leaving her white. The jack was spotted (gray dun), and her dam was a sorrel (completely solid).
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I don't know what causes all white mules, I'd assume it's like horses and can be several different things. I know that many mules that end up white didn't start that way, one of my mules was born looking a bit like a loud sorrel frame, but as she got older her red roaned out and faded til it was almost non existant, leaving her white. The jack was spotted (gray dun), and her dam was a sorrel (completely solid).
wouldnt it be a sorrel that greyed out? I wonder why and how?


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I was thinkin ivory but it would have blue eyes-- it doesnt explain a light grey.. I have no idea.. so confused Thank you for the reply. :)
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Except it didn't gray, it roaned, and neither parent was gray (real gray, not donkey gray).

I think from that link roan is correct, except that she was mostly white already.
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As a baby,

And I think she was around 3 here,
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As a baby,

And I think she was around 3 here,
aw too bad she didn't keep her colour!

Is it really common for mules to grey out then?

I've wanted a mule for a few years now and might finally be in a position to buy one this summer (they're really hard to find here). I'd love to end up with a pinto or appy coloured one but wonder now if it's super common for them to just end up white anyway.
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Wow! I didnt know roan could fade a color completely in just 3 years? Awesome!
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I've seen adult appaloosa mules, so I'm thinking they don't typically fade out. If you find a tobiano (pinto from the mare not the jack), they typically stay, although they are minimally marked generally (often just white stockings).

I have seen a few spotted mules (from the jack, not the mare) that stayed and were colored similar to a spotted donkey, but I've seen more with the red like mine, and I think they do typically fade out.

I loved the red and wish it would have stayed, you could still see her markings very faintly, more so when she was wet. And the bottom of her mane and top of her tail were still darker. I sold her as a 3 year old so don't know how she changed after that.
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