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    08-03-2012, 11:06 PM
That's really neat, cowgirl4753! I am also drooling over his saddles, I wish I had $3000+ right now lol

Also, I am having serious second thoughts about getting a mule, or any other horse. I rode Skippy today with my sister for about 45 minutes, just cruising around the yard and through the woods. The whole time I thought, "wow, in two years I can't do this, I am going to college." Then, I started to think about taking him with me and boarding him over there because it is about 5 hours away. I couldn't afford two horses to bring, and Skips would be the one I take. Plus, my parents are getting old and when I leave it will be a lot for them to take over because I do 99% of the horse related stuff. On top of all that, I would have to divide my time between them!

Wow. Lol that was on my mind for a while. But, if I don't get a mule then that means any money that would have been spent on it will be put towards my first car. Or sand for my ghetto arena :)
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    08-03-2012, 11:17 PM
LOL yup lots of choices to make, where you going to school? I had to make some tough choices when it came to my rope horse when I first moved to Alberta. Didn't have time for her and felt terrible having this talented mare who loved to work just sitting in a field. So I sold her to a guy and now she goes down to Arizona every winter for team roping and is the guys granddaughters pee wee barrel horse. I miss her now that I have a place of my own but know she has a great life.
Your just going to have to decide if getting a mule now is worth it or to wait. They are amazing animals and develop deep bonds with their people. They can be hard to get going but are worth it in the end. So do you want to put all that effort in and then have to possibly sell him?
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    08-04-2012, 12:06 AM
I want to go to NC State, which is in the Raleigh area. It isn't 5 hours away, more like 3-4 but last time we went into the Raleigh area it took us 5 hours. I get confused really easy with directions, no one should ever get lost with me.

My mom and I talked about this for a long time tonight, actually. She is the one who talks my dad into anything horse related, so the mule was her doing lol. I wouldn't want to sell it if I did get a mule, but letting it sit in a field after I put hours and hours of work into it would be so unfair to the animal. I am super particular about my horses, and it takes a lot for me to let someone just hop on one of them and ride without me there, so I doubt anyone in my family would ride it while I was away. It's a different story with my 13hh pony because my sister is only 8, and she is an old, been-there done-that type so she would be perfect for her to learn on.

I am pretty sure that I have made my decision. No mule, unfortunately. I would rather wait until I am done with school, and have the time and place to keep it. Mules are something I will have one day, that is definite, but waiting seems to be the better option. I would rather put all of my time and energy into Skipper and have him come with me. I know I would regret selling a mule if I had one, but knowing they aren't sitting around for years while I am at school would make me feel 100% better. Plus I could get a nicer car with the $800+/- we were going to spend on mule. Maybe even one with electronic windows!(I don't have very high hopes haha)

This thread went off on a crazy tangent lol. But at least I learned a lot about mule halters and mule saddle trees :)
    08-04-2012, 12:44 AM
Good for you, taking the mature and responsible route and actually thinking things through before going out and buying one.

There will always be time for a mule later on .

As for your other questions, I've always used browband bridles, so I'm not sure if they are any easier or harder to use than other styles. I'm sure that the snap-on crown would make it a lot easier though.

I am currently using a britchin on the little mule I'm riding. He is more flat backed than average mules so my saddle fits even worse .

You really need to have a particular ring on your saddle if you plan to use a crupper. They are the shaped things that stay right up at the dock of the tail and they generally have a straight strap to attach to the ring in the middle of the back of the saddle

Since mine doesn't have that, I have to use a britchin. It's not the best britchin in the world because I kind of threw it together from old scrap leather, but it works. I really need to get better pictures before I send him home LOL.

    08-04-2012, 12:53 AM
SMRobs, that is one gorgeous mule! Lucky dog!
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    08-04-2012, 01:14 AM
Gorgeous mule!!
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    08-04-2012, 01:52 AM
Thanks, he's a pretty nice mule...most of the time. I don't feel so lucky though, when his momma's cutting horse reflexes come out and he does the "OMG!suckback'n'spin" thing LOL.

I can't complain much though, he's doing exceptionally well for not even having 30 days training yet.
    08-04-2012, 10:55 AM
Smrobs, your mule is such a cutie! And I love your saddle pad :)

My saddle does have that ring needed for a crupper, actually. I don't know how well britchin would do on my saddle because the second d-ring is dropped down and angled as my saddle has 3/4 rigging. I guess if I had to use britchin I would just make the straps longer to reach the ring?

Thank you so much for all of your help! You seem to be a horse encyclopedia lol!
    08-04-2012, 11:57 PM
Thank you . Yeah, you'd likely have to go with the crupper, not that there is really that much difference between the 2. They both function the exact same way.

I'm happy to help any way that I can, I am a long way from an encyclopedia, but I have a wider range of experience than most .
    08-08-2012, 10:30 PM
When I bridle my mules, I always loosen the headstall at least by one hole, and I push the ear forward so that the headstall goes over the tip of the ear first, that way the ears don't get pinched. Mostly a crupper is for english riding and a britchen is for western. At least that is how it is out here in California.

SMROBS, I noticed your britchen straps both go up to the same ring on your saddle. I was curious why you do them like that? The bottom most strap should run along the side of the belly, go under the back cinch and buckle to the cinch rings on both ends of the front cinch. Then there can be straps going to a ring in the back of the saddle, and or the dee rings of the rear cinch. It looks like if you got on a pretty steep hill going down, your britchen would not stay put, and that could be a pretty hair raising experience if it were to slide up and get under your mules tail going down hill!! Very nice looking mule by the way....

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