Corporal - I'm not really too sure what you're getting at either?? Are you're saying that maybe I shouldn't be thinking about breaking a mule? If so - I have broke several horses from the ground up. Some were dog quiet to begin with, others were previously untouched. I know mules are different but I think it would be a really interesting learning experience. I'm patient and up for a challenge.
Oh, my dear....I am in no way trying to discourage you from getting a mule.
I think everybody ought to have at least one in their life BUT you can jolly well expect to train your mule differently than you did the horses. You will have to do a lot of "outside the box" thinking BUT if you make it and train it to be a good mule you will be a far better horse trainer than before.
Some mules will be easier to train than others, some will drive you insane.
Most totally resent being hit and if they decide to balk will balk that much harder if you pop them on the rear or even start backing up!
They are quite capable of saying "I won't" and really meaning it.
You don't really want to try to make a mule do anything, you want to make the mule your partner who respects you and is willing to do for you.
Gaits: My own mule had a kinda running walk (out of a quarter mare) as some mules do, a rocking chair canter that he could do forever and the most gosh awful trot I've ever ridden in my life.
Oh, yeah and he could jump the moon from a stand still.
After we worked things out between us he was totally trust worthy in any situation and I trusted him with my life.
He had stamina that was unreal, easy keeper, but waaay smarter than he needed to be.