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    01-26-2012, 01:44 PM
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Foal
Mules, donkeys, and other horsey "non" horses

I really don't know where to put this but I was just thinking this morning about other equines like mules and donkeys.

A neighbor of mine has a mule that she takes on trail rides and even does a little work on around the ranch and she swears by it. I've heard that mules are great animals to work with and just about everyone I know that's ridden them swears they are great.

Just curious if anyone here had mules or donkeys and if you ever rode them.
     
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    01-27-2012, 12:16 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by sammerson    
I really don't know where to put this but I was just thinking this morning about other equines like mules and donkeys.

A neighbor of mine has a mule that she takes on trail rides and even does a little work on around the ranch and she swears by it. I've heard that mules are great animals to work with and just about everyone I know that's ridden them swears they are great.

Just curious if anyone here had mules or donkeys and if you ever rode them.
I know alot of people who also swear by mules. They say they are highly intelligent and they are very loyal. Also they are very sure footed. But I have heard that it is hard to find a good mule, that if you find a good one then you better keep it. I am actually looking into getting a donkey to keep in my pasture to protect my horses!
     
    01-27-2012, 01:37 PM
  #3
Started
We have a donkey, but he's too small to ride. He's super quiet and lets you do anything to him. The sad thing is, I think someone in his past wasn't very nice to him because he's headshy and he flinches sometimes when people go to pet him. He's just like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

I wish my horses had his temperament, though. Nothing spooks him. I can see why mules are so popular. They're versatile like horses with the donkey's docile nature.
     
    01-27-2012, 01:43 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Jessabel    
We have a donkey, but he's too small to ride. He's super quiet and lets you do anything to him. The sad thing is, I think someone in his past wasn't very nice to him because he's headshy and he flinches sometimes when people go to pet him. He's just like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

I wish my horses had his temperament, though. Nothing spooks him. I can see why mules are so popular. They're versatile like horses with the donkey's docile nature.

I've really considered adding a donkey to my herd. I think they are just the cutest things. I just can't get over that noise they make though! And I've heard that Jack's can be pretty mean towards horses.

Have you had any trouble with your donkey bullying the horses?
     
    01-27-2012, 01:53 PM
  #5
Trained
Donkeys are cute that's for sure
Some are gentle some are not
     
    01-27-2012, 06:03 PM
  #6
Foal
We have both. Though the donkeys are not really big enough to ride unless it was a little kid so we haven't trained them much. They are not miniatures but they are still probably smaller than average size. I love the donkeys, they are usually more attention-seeking than the horses and just love to be brushed or rubbed. I've actually never been around a mean or unfriendly donkey but I know, of course, there are some out there. Mules are great too. They are awesome for trail riding because they have such good endurance and they are really strong. I know that for trail rides down the Grand Canyon they use mules so they have to be trustworthy. We keep one in our pasture for a friend and she's hilarious. She has the greatest personality. She is trained but I haven't ridden her so I can't say as to how she behaves. I know mules and donkeys kind of turn people off because they say they aren't as pretty as horses, but to me they are adorable in their own way.
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    01-27-2012, 06:08 PM
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Yearling
I would like to own a mule, they are suppose to be really good at jumping (not the only reason). All the mules around here are the heavier Percheron and Belgian crosses so it may be a while before I can get one. My farrier has a standard donkey 42" tall or so that is shown in all western events by her grand daughter, they are really good at trail and pleasure classes.
     
    01-28-2012, 02:54 AM
  #8
Yearling
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My friends' donkey is the sweetest in the world. But there's a mule at my stable that always pins his ears back when people walk by his stall.
     
    01-28-2012, 02:55 AM
  #9
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cheydako    
We have both. Though the donkeys are not really big enough to ride unless it was a little kid so we haven't trained them much. They are not miniatures but they are still probably smaller than average size. I love the donkeys, they are usually more attention-seeking than the horses and just love to be brushed or rubbed. I've actually never been around a mean or unfriendly donkey but I know, of course, there are some out there. Mules are great too. They are awesome for trail riding because they have such good endurance and they are really strong. I know that for trail rides down the Grand Canyon they use mules so they have to be trustworthy. We keep one in our pasture for a friend and she's hilarious. She has the greatest personality. She is trained but I haven't ridden her so I can't say as to how she behaves. I know mules and donkeys kind of turn people off because they say they aren't as pretty as horses, but to me they are adorable in their own way.
They are SO CUTE<3
     
    01-28-2012, 07:58 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by sammerson    
I've really considered adding a donkey to my herd. I think they are just the cutest things. I just can't get over that noise they make though! And I've heard that Jack's can be pretty mean towards horses.

Have you had any trouble with your donkey bullying the horses?

I've been doing a lot of research on donkeys since I'd like to get one in the future. Not sure if the Jacks are aggressive to horses but it's just like with horses. If you geld the jack they'll become much calmer.
     

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