I think what people are basically saying is "know the critter" befor you buy one.
Is there a mule club in your area? That would be a good group to talk to and I bet they would be happy to familiarize you with the pros and cons. Plus they probably have mules for sale...or maybe even a lease. Just a thought.
I don't know how old you are but personally I am past the age of learning from the school of hard knocks. I want to know what I am getting in to.
I don't know much about mules, but, perhaps you can find a trainer in your area that is working with mule and see if you can observe it and see how it responds, or mess with it yourself (assuming the owner gives permission as well)? Or do a local ad in Craig's list looking for mule owners and see if you can meet there's?
Well, I'm definitely planning on doing a lot of talking to the owner of the mule I'm thinking about buying. Where I live currently there are definitely no mule clubs - I actually don't know a single person who owns one. I guess that's sort of why I posted this topic was in hopes of hearing some pros and cons about them.
Corporal, they ARE cute haha, but that's not the only reason I want one. If I just wanted something cute I'd get something tiny and useless like a mini or a pomeranian.
I am moving south in a couple weeks though and I'll check into mule clubs down there!
Mules can see their back feet-- they can pretty much target exactly what they want to kick, and if you get on their bad side.. you're going to have a bad time, lol.
All mules don't have small feet-- they usually have bigger feet actually. And theyre way more sure footed than any horse-- remember they can see all 4 feet..
Depends on the mule you want-- the non gaited are somethin like riding a non gaited horse-- of course their gaits arent as long as a quarter horse but at a walk you would hardly notice the difference.. actually I think a mule is a little smoother in the walk and trot-- but the lope not so much, lol.
They can be stubborn-- just like a donkey. They are friendly-- like a donkey. They arent flighty like the horse-- they stand their ground.. Google 'mule kills mountian lion' they get pretty rowdy, lol.
Reckon I got a way with animals-- never met a mule that didnt like me-- my first time around them I was walkin under them and just havin a good ol time and they all liked me-- my cousin didnt have the same luck.. she tried out 3 or 4 before finding one that liked her and that she liked-- I rode every one she didnt like and could have took em all home with me! Lol.
I've heard from a few people that they don't tend to be flighty - but I found an ad for a 4 year old on Kijiji, said he's been packed on two trips but is still flighty. Would that just be a "horsier" personality coming out? Or the fact that he hasn't maybe been handled much or what?
Also - I'd just heard that their feet are very upright and so spread their weight out less than a horse. The mules I've seen all had very tiny feet ... and I've definitely heard from more than one person that the reason they're not common working animals up here is because of our soft ground. Good to know that they can have bigger feet though too!
I have heard that they are way less flighty than horses. There are exceptions though. A lady near us was thrown from her mule and severely injured because it spooked at a motorcycle. It could be that the mule was just not ready to ride out and will turn out to be a good riding animal.
I wouldnt say the flightier ones are 'more horsey' but just don't know better-- unbroke basically. Any unbroke animal that is out of its element is going to be different than they are in their comfort zone. My neighbors draft mules are hugeee but when we first tried to pet them they were head shy-- weary of us.. now we can pet them all over.. Neighbor says theyll bite but never had them even try.. Maybe they do bite my neighbor though? Lol.
..what im tryin to get at is- once they trust you they wont be as flighty with you.
Depends on the breeding for the feet-- if I remember correctly its the spanish donkeys with the bigger feet? There are several different donkey breeds and that has a lot to do with it.