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post #11 of 26 Old 07-07-2012, 09:58 PM
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I love Hennys!
When I was akid a friend of my folks had one. They used to let me ride her for playdays. I used to get the strangest looks or even scoffed at...until I was the one with the ribbons ;)

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post #12 of 26 Old 07-07-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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I'm almost tempted to ask both of his owners (he's co-owned) if I could purchase him later down the road. I believe he's around 14 years old and hasn't had much done with him. I'd honestly love to use him for my sisters and cousins since he's such a good boy.

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post #13 of 26 Old 07-07-2012, 11:12 PM
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So is there any real difference between a hinny & a mule? I mean, if you were looking at two side by side, would you be able to tell the difference?

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post #14 of 26 Old 07-08-2012, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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From what I have been told, hinnies tend to be smaller, with shorter ears. But I don't really know.

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post #15 of 26 Old 07-08-2012, 06:53 AM
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In general appearance a hinny will look more like the horse sire and a mule will generally look more like the donkey sire.
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post #16 of 26 Old 07-08-2012, 09:48 AM
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^^^ that's what I thought too. And the one I used to ride wasn't big. She looked more like horse rather than a mule.

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Hinnys look kinda wierd, like really pudgy ponies with funny ears. They have more horselike heads and ears. Their awkward conformation makes them not good for competitive riding, which mules seem to preform just as good, if not better sometimes, than a horse. But I would imagine they would be just as good as anything for things like driving, packing, and livestock guarding.

There's also something with uneven chromosomes that makes breeding for hinnies less productive than breeding for a mule. So you're chances for breeding a hinny are slim compared to a mule.




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post #18 of 26 Old 07-08-2012, 08:31 PM
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Cool!

I have heard that one other reason that hinnies are so rare is that most stallions won't breed a donkey. A male donkey will breed anything he can catch.........
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Cool!

I have heard that one other reason that hinnies are so rare is that most stallions won't breed a donkey. A male donkey will breed anything he can catch.........
AI is the answer in that situation.
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post #20 of 26 Old 07-12-2012, 03:51 PM
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A henny is a mule that has a jenny for a mother and a stallion for a father and they are generally smaller in size. But they are still considered a mule. It goes like this: A jack is an uncut male donkey. A jenny is a female donkey. A mule is a cross between a donkey and a horse. It doesn't matter which one is mom and which one is dad, it is still a donkey. However a henny is donkey mom, horse dad. A john is a gelded male mule, and a molly is a female mule. And mules are awesome.
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