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NBEventer 11-02-2012 04:24 PM

Eventing Mules
So I have recently stumbled across a super cute mule. He is just a baby at 5 months and the horse breed in him is QH. Momma was a donkey.

I am toying around with the idea of buying him and training him to do some lower level eventing and jumping. Eventually he would become DH's for trail riding and possibly used in my school as a lease horse. I wouldn't use him as a full time school horse.

Am I crazy for thinking this? I don't have a lot of experience with mules, and honestly they are not that common around here as anything more then a pet.

I have seen that they are rather common in the US as eventing horses. So thoughts? Experience? Please share and help me decide if I want to do this. Thankfully his owner is not in a rush to get rid of him so I do have time to mull it over.

Corporal 11-02-2012 04:55 PM

Mules SOMEHOW really like to jump. I bought one that I could never even get on, and he kept jumping my 5' fence gate! The US Army jumped their mules and we ALL know about their endurance abilities. I say, go for it, and do us a favor and keep a journal about it.

NBEventer 11-02-2012 04:59 PM

Well I have to talk to DH. He doesn't know I am considering this yet lol. However I am really leaning towards it.

I wont lie, I really want to do it to see the reaction of other competitors around here lol. The coach I use for my cross country schooling is going to poop his pants the day I show up at a lesson on a mule. And then, knowing the area I live in, I will have started a trend and everyone will have one lol.

gypsygirl 11-02-2012 05:36 PM

i thought mules couldnt compete at USEA events...correct me if im wrong

NBEventer 11-02-2012 06:00 PM


Originally Posted by gypsygirl (Post 1741883)
i thought mules couldnt compete at USEA events...correct me if im wrong

As far as I am aware mules are allowed at Equine Canada horse trials in pre-entry, entry and pre-training. I don't know about higher levels but I wouldn't be using him to do anything more then pre-training. I have another horse to ride at higher levels.

I will have to look through the rule books. But considering a horse does not require a passport and license for anything below training level I don't see it being an issue.

xJumperx 11-02-2012 09:33 PM

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So I have recently stumbled across a super cute mule. He is just a baby at 5 months and the horse breed in him is QH. Momma was a donkey.
Did the owners say this? They told you the mother was a donkey?
If so, this is actually not a mule, at all. This is a Hinny. A mule is a mare bred to a jack, or stallion-donkey. A Jenny, or mare-donkey, bred to a stallion is a hinny. I know close to nothing about Hinnys, but I can tell you a bit about Mules! :) If this is in fact one - If the owners said the mother was a donkey, it's a hinny. If they just said its a mule, and you assume the mother was a donkey, it was actually the sire that was a jack :) Extremely common confusion, no shame.

Anyway, I think that you would LOVE having a mule!! They are so smart, and so willing once you get them going. Most actually really love jumping, as previously stated. But I would be slightly cautious - In riding/showing the mules, I have found some that adore it, can't get enough of it, and are great at it. And then I've also found the mules that just will not do it without a huge effort. Some love it, some don't. My dear friend, amazing little rider, not one to pull the bit at all over a jump, leases a mule that is this way. She simply hates jumping, and takes a lot of power to get her over. So it could go both ways. You COULD be easily successful, though, if you get a good one :)

Best of luck!! I loved showing the Mules!! SO much fun! They are wonderful little equines!

NBEventer 11-02-2012 09:40 PM

Okay I was totally backwards. Its his dad thats the donkey. My bad :D And I can honestly say, I never knew that. Which goes to show I have some learning to do.

From what I have been told about him, he is quick to learn and loves attention and a total Mommas boy. I am really looking forward to things. I am fairly sure I will be getting him. So I need to start doing some major reading and learning on training mules.

xJumperx 11-02-2012 09:46 PM

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Well then he sounds awesome!! :) Best of luck with him! I only want to say one thing - when you are working with him, always mix it up. Don't drill one thing ... ever. Always keep things new, exciting. All Mules, no matter the age, are as smart and cunning as a 16 year old - they get bored quickly, and when they do, they start making up ways to make it fun again.

NBEventer 11-02-2012 09:49 PM

That will not be a problem AT ALL. I am the one everyone sends the ADHD horses to. The last mare, if I didn't switch things up constantly... well I am still recovering from the injury, and it happened in July lol. You can not school the same line twice in a row with her. Couldn't do a figure 8 more then two or three times. Constant mental stimulation for her. And she also had to be tricked into thinking things were her idea. Or you were going to be eating dirt.

xJumperx 11-02-2012 10:00 PM

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Then you're set!! Haha, really! The only real trouble I've heard of people getting into with mules is people that just don't keep them busy. But you sound like you'll have an amazing time with a mule, and they will have an amazing time with you!

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