Definitely Paso Fino mules, the second one has much better gaiting. The saddle position is very strange but I guess we can't judge how other cultures saddle their mounts. I know I wouldn't enjoy riding my mules neck!
As far as the first one, it isn't unusual at all to girth both front and rear on a mule, in fact depending on the type of riding it is essential. I centerfire my mule and skip the rear cinch. I also use a britchen instead of a crupper.
The second isn't tied by the bit, it is tied by the Pisador which is separate from the bit hanger or bit.
Wendy B / Sedgwick, KS / Extreme Trail Riding / Camping
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