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post #1 of 18 Old 11-04-2019, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question what about mules?

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I have been looking into horses and horse breeds a lot recently and I was wondering why mules aren't used more often... I know most people think they are ugly, but... they are strong, clever and they seem to be hardy... I am not gonna buy or own any horse soon (not enough money nor experience), but I was considering if later in life a mule would be a good match...



Are there any riders that have experience riding western on a mule and doing trails, jumping, endurance with them?? How do they perform? What would be the benefit of a mule in your opinions? Just really curious to hear any opinions on this matter! :) I would like to try and ride a mule soon (just to experience the difference with a horse), I hope I can find a bigger mule because I am tall... :p (but I don't weigh much though)
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post #2 of 18 Old 11-04-2019, 11:27 AM
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All depends on the mule and your personality. I've loved the ones I've worked with but all but two were work animals. Hopefully @george themule makes a swing by.
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My sister has two mules she trail rides with and loves them! She finds them wonderful in the mountains, very surefooted. How you feed them is a very different mindset than with horses and training is different, too.
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post #4 of 18 Old 11-04-2019, 12:16 PM
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There's a decent amount of mules in endurance. One who competed in MN was the top LD placer for our region for a decade until she retired last year, several have done Tevis. I do know the training and mindset are very different. If a mule is done, they're done. They'll stop on the trail and refuse to move another step if they've had enough.

I would love a mule someday. I've looked at a few, what keeps me away is the price. I can get an endurance horse competing in 50's for 2-3k (although I usually buy mine green or yet to be broke for less than $1,000) and any mule I've seen is at least $5,000. The last few I've seen from sellers I trust are over $8,000.
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post #5 of 18 Old 11-04-2019, 12:29 PM
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What I know about mules you could write on a postage stamp with a felt tipped pen!

All the people I know who have had real interaction with mules have said there is nothing better than them for work. You just have to understand their thinking.

I have been watching the people in the video below. Mules can certainly go in places a horse could not, well, at least safely.

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post #6 of 18 Old 11-04-2019, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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What I know about mules you could write on a postage stamp with a felt tipped pen!

All the people I know who have had real interaction with mules have said there is nothing better than them for work. You just have to understand their thinking.

I have been watching the people in the video below. Mules can certainly go in places a horse could not, well, at least safely.

https://youtu.be/dkCXk7VNXxg

Yes, I have seen those videos... I live in an area where this isn't immediately possible, but within a 2 hour drive there are possibilities like this. I am planning on taking a trailride on a mule to see how it is. I am just really curious. :)
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There's a decent amount of mules in endurance. One who competed in MN was the top LD placer for our region for a decade until she retired last year, several have done Tevis. I do know the training and mindset are very different. If a mule is done, they're done. They'll stop on the trail and refuse to move another step if they've had enough.

I would love a mule someday. I've looked at a few, what keeps me away is the price. I can get an endurance horse competing in 50's for 2-3k (although I usually buy mine green or yet to be broke for less than $1,000) and any mule I've seen is at least $5,000. The last few I've seen from sellers I trust are over $8,000.

I have seen some for sale in my country (Europe), trained western they were around 3000-4000 and that is from sellers I don't know and if I can trust them is just the question... If I would ever think of buying a horse or a mule I would be willing to pay to be sure to get quality/schooled. I would also take experienced horse owners with me. But for now I am too broke to own any horse of mule and I need to work on my experience. Maybe within 8-10 more years I can begin dreaming of... :)
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post #8 of 18 Old 11-04-2019, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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@txgirl Great! I can imagine that they are amazing for trailrides! I have found some companies (2 hour drive) that offer trailrides with mules. I am gonna try this for sure!



@QtrBel I don't know what kind of personality I have, but according to other riders I am extremely patient. :p Maybe a good quality to work with a mule. Haha. I can imagine it has to click between the mule and the rider so it can be a great experience for the both.



@QueenofFrance08 Amazing! I did not know this! I have seen some mules doing jumping and all... but endurance? No. Also I don't know a lot about horse sports. I am totally new to this world, but I ride western (and very much enjoy it) and would like to go into endurance. I also like trailriding alot. :) Dressage isn't for me although I would be willing to learn exercises to help my horse build muscle if needed. :)
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post #9 of 18 Old 11-04-2019, 01:19 PM
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Mules are fairly popular in my area, although most use them for packing more than anything it seems. I do have a neighbor that has a few and they swear by them, said theyll never own or even ride a horse again
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post #10 of 18 Old 11-04-2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Waw okay! That good, huh? :) I am really curious about the training of a mule. I hope that I can work more with horses to gain more experience. I like training animals (I always have), but since I don't own any horses and have to work for a living I don't have time to hang around trainers and all... Seems to be much easier when you are a horse loving kid/teen that still goes to school and has plenty of free time. ;) But who knows what will cross my path... :)

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