Originally Posted by 2BigReds
I'm interested to know since I have little experience with mules-is there a reason you're looking for a mule to do all of this with instead of a horse?
Some help I am!
Haha that's okay!
There's no real particular reason except that I think they're cute as hell and it would be a neat challenge to work with a mule instead of a horse for once.
To be honest, I'm a BIT wary about them due to their small feet - there tends to be quite a big of soft muskeggy ground where I'm from. My dad always said that a "good bush horse should have at least #2's on the front and #1's on the back", and it's true. Smaller footed horses struggle a lot more in the soft ground. I think that's why so few people use mules up here.
But, it would be pretty wicked to have one. Plus, regarding re-sale, it seems that well broke mules sell for quite a bit (and are hard to find), so that's always an option too.
I did think about gaited mules... but I'm not a huge fan of gaited horses to begin with (never really worked with them is why I suppose).
Dustbunny - I'm not too sure how I'm going to be able to spend time around them without buying one, but I have been doing a lot of reading and watching videos. Ideally I'd work with some first but I'm just not sure if that'll be an option.