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QHDragon 09-09-2010 01:57 PM

Let's see your mules!
I met the nicest mule a couple of weeks ago, and have been obessing over them ever since. :lol: He is a TB/Percheron x mammoth jack cross and moved like a warmblood with giant ears, it was pretty amazing. If he were for sale I would snatch him up in a minutes.

So who here owns a mule? And what do you do with it?

smrobs 09-09-2010 02:10 PM

We've had mules all my life, though we didn't normally use them for riding. We used to do all of our farming with teams of mules :D. Let me see if I can find a few pictures.

My brother driving Tiny and Buster

My grandpa planting with mules.

Dad and I on the wagon.

Winter transportation, this is how we used to haul hay to our cows in the winter.

Me driving Dan and Dolly when I was about 4 or 5

Me on Pete after his mate died of west nile, Dad and I broke him to ride.


Me driving Dan and Dolly again.

SpeedDemon 09-09-2010 07:40 PM

smrobs they are all amazing!! tiny, buster and pete are my favorites, I would love a mule!!

haviris 09-10-2010 12:13 AM

I don't have any now, sold my girl Canya a few months ago. We trail rode her mostly,

I also had Canya's half brother, Joker (in the last pic), but traded him for Canya's training. And had a pony mule named Radar, but he was just pasture art, I gave him to the little brother of a girl I knew, who needed something to ride (and keep thier horse company).

QHDragon 09-10-2010 03:55 PM

smorbs - ooo, that's cool. They look like they were mostly Belgian crosses?

haviris - aww, she's cute too!

smrobs 09-10-2010 04:03 PM

Yep, most of ours were belgian mules, we did have some percheron mules in there occasionally, but Dan and Dolly were QH mules. :D

I wish I had a picture of Kate and Midge. They were blood red percheron mules and they were the biggest set we ever had. They both sticked at 18hh+ and together with nothing more than halters, they weighed more than 4000 lbs. We had hell finding harness for them LOL.

QHDragon 09-10-2010 04:14 PM

Oh wow, I can imagine! The one that I saw and am totally in love with was 17.2, his owner taught him to bow so she could easily get on and off on trail rides, it was pretty neat.

I have another question, what exactly is a mule saddle? If I got a mule would I have to get a mule saddle?

smrobs 09-10-2010 05:04 PM

When I was riding Pete, I just used my regular roping saddle but if it was going to be a long term setup, you probably should look to get a mule saddle. The bars are a bit different, I am not sure how, but I think it's because a mule's back is a bit straighter or flatter than a horse.

ilyTango 09-10-2010 05:37 PM

I'll always remember mules because the first time I ever drove was a team of them =) And the only types I've ever seen are the Belgian mules. To me, every other type just looks weird ;). My friend hates them with a passion because they're ugly apparently, but I've always thought it'd be interesting to have one, and see the difference between them and a horse (psychologically I mean).

QOS 09-10-2010 06:01 PM

There was one at Ebenezer Park in Jasper, TX this past weekend. He/she was LOUD and kept braying like crazy. I encountered one on the trails a few months back and she was a doll. I'd like to ride one!! My boy is not the most sure footed of fellows and I hear they don't put a wrong step!

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