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post #1 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
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Have you heard of the Californian mule man?

There Is a Man Wandering Around California With 3 Mules - Yahoo Finance

For the life of me I couldn't get his site to work (3mules.com) but I just read about this guy and it caught my interest--- I've heard of these kinds of free-roaming people living off the remains of the land in America around suburbs, but traveling through cities with three mules? Three healthy mules as far as I can tell.

I think it's easy for equestrians and farmers to understand the differences between the natural land and the suburban influence, but what really piqued my interest was the question of what are we doing with our equines? How has the handling of our horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies changed... We breed for performance nowadays, bloodlines, or sentimental reasons. People who needed these animals only for transportation and to use for carrying loads, well, what I can gather from the books I've read and stories I've heard, the main force was who was gelded and who was culled. Can you imagine, that poorly conformed, sweetheart lesson pony in your barn who needs a routine dose of some sort of medicine or special horseshoe, being put down or let out to some field to fend for himself? The reactive Dressage horse carrying a rider cross country?

We have so many horses prized and bred and intensely cared for to the best extent with the best intentions, that couldn't travel for the days and nights needed or traverse the terrain reliably to get to the next town for resources.


Strange to think of, isn't it...
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 06:10 PM
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Great article! Thanks for sharing it! I hope the charges against this man get dropped.

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 07:30 PM
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Gosh, I wouldn't mind living like that. Me and the hosses and the open road. The mare could pack and the gelding could ride. :)
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-11-2013, 10:40 PM
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I literally just read this on yahoo. I found it very touching.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-12-2013, 12:05 AM
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Can you imagine, that poorly conformed, sweetheart lesson pony in your barn who needs a routine dose of some sort of medicine or special horseshoe, being put down or let out to some field to fend for himself? The reactive Dressage horse carrying a rider cross country?
But I'd argue that in a lot of cases, those problems are in fact caused, or made worse, by the conditions they're kept in. Just as a lot of contemporary human (or canine/feline) diseases are in large part the consequence of modern lifestyles...
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post #6 of 15 Old 09-12-2013, 01:03 AM
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His page has over 11 thousand likes now! Including one from me lol
9k followers since the article went out. Wow! I'm happy that Yahoo finally posted an article worthy of the attention hehe
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-12-2013, 01:17 AM
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Great article.
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-12-2013, 01:24 AM
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So cool! Wish I could live like that!

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post #9 of 15 Old 09-12-2013, 09:15 PM
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I am going to have look up his facebook
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-13-2013, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Evidently the charges were dropped, due to "lack of evidence" against him, but he still had to pay the animal shelter for having to house his mules. Donations did cover this for him, as his mules are a trio of healthy, happy girls--- I found his facebook, and the videos of his mules playing and rolling, they look perfectly at ease. I can't believe the gov't didn't pay him for having put him in a jail's mental facility and physically restrained him! He really oughta have compensation for that, at least give him some kind of ID or official note to show to future suspicious police officers that he is not to be arrested for walking his mules through suburbs and roads.
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