choosing a decent mule
so, I'm thinking very seriously about starting to look for a mule. I'm going to look at a 3 year old molly at the beginning of May actually, if she is *hopefully* there. In the pictures I've seen she looks VERY butt-high, but I'll be able to tell in person I guess. She's off of an appy mare but I don't know if the mare was registered or her bloodlines.
I've been around mules only once - I tried to catch one who was used as a pack mule, and found out that they can kick sideways lol.
Do they tend to have rougher gaits than horses? I'd want one that I could not only just use on the trail/for packing, but also for showing in low levels of dressage, jumper, possibly reining + gymkhana. Do they tend to generally be less athletic?
I know that's also going to be majorly dependent on the breeding of the dam too of course.
Would I look for more horse-like conformation in order to try to find a more athletic mule or what...?