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post #1 of 5 Old 07-24-2012, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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Mules vs horses?

What are your opinions on mules as opposed to horses? I've heard that mules are cheaper and easier to care for than horses, but are harder to train because of their intelligence, and also less forgiving than horses. Some of the pros I've heard about mules makes me wonder why horses are so much more popular, but there must be a reason (besides horses being 'prettier' than mules). Does anyone have any experience with mules?

Thanks!! Just curious.

(Truthfully with the state of the economy, and the profession I've chosen, I don't foresee myself ever becoming very wealthy, yet I still eventually want to have horses. I know this shouldn't be a reason to choose any animal over another one, but I was just wondering if that might be a good alternative to think about. Of course I can't tell my own future--something I do may take off and money may not be an issue for me, but I doubt it. However I don't want to give up on my dream of owning some kind of equine.)
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-24-2012, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh, I forgot about the "Other Equines" forum. My bad. Still new here and goofing up a bit. Wish we could delete things we post! Sorry guys. if you want to move the thread, be my guest.

I may be so wrapped up in chasing this dream that I'm missing obvious things :( Doesn't feel good.

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I don't think my mule is any cheaper or easier to care for than my horses, but she does have more of a stubborn streak and is very VERY smart.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-25-2012, 12:07 AM
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From what I've seen mules are much more expensive to purchase than other horses, but that could just be in my area.

I've heard that they are more difficult to train, and therefore more expensive, but I wouldn't know.

I've never seen a mule performing any equestrian discipline at a high level, they're probably out there, but if they were really that great I'm sure I'd have seen a lot more. I'm also not sure if they're acceptable in horse competitions?

You also can't breed them...which is what a lot of people do with horses. It's hard to build an industry with things you can't really improve. Like if you had a really great mule stallion you couldn't breed it to make more... you'd just have to start again?

I don't know, just my thoughts.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-25-2012, 12:58 AM
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I'm neat mules, but my is a fat air fern, and eats very little on a dry lot and is still chubby. It was hard finding a mule in my area, but I found her and snacked her up.

Working with a mule is different, you can't force it to do something, you have to negoatiate and bribe it. They will take advantage of you, and try to outsmart you, but you must prove them wrong.

My mule is green, and knows I am not so experience rider, has thrown me off once, bolted a few times, and because of that she needs to be put back in place.
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