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I have been goofing around on the internet since I really have nothing to do over here at the moment. I should probably quit looking, I keep finding things I like. Well, anyway, I came across an ad, that both my husband and I absolutely love. It is a mule. There was not much information about the mule except that she is a long yearling mare, and is very strong willed. I emailed the owner to ask more information about her. The email I received said she will turn 2 in August. She was imprinted at birth, and the trainer they had was supposed to continue the imprinting while they traveled. That did not happen, the trainer was scared of the mare. She has not had much done with her since the trainer no longer works there. She is strong willed (which I know to be a mule trait). She said she has really smooth gaits, and would be excellent for dressage. So, I guess my question is......is there anyone that can give me information about mules on this board? How many years do they grow? What is the right age to start training her, after the ground work is done? Can mules do dressage? Is there anything that anyone can give me any guidance on her? I'm adding a few pictures so y'all can see her. I will be asking for video of her moving.

her as a baby with her momma

her daddy

her at 11 months old
 

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I would stay away from any mule described as "strong-willed".
 

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Well I think it is obvious that Kevinshorses has not been around many mules, as they are all strong willed :) My husband and I raise, train and show mules and as with any animal, there are good ones and not so good ones. Mules are very smart. People confuse smart with being stubborn. For instance, a mule would never run itself to death, a horse will, mules won't run off the side of a cliff, a horse will if you ask him too. Mules will not do anything that would hurt them. If you are riding in tretcherous terrain, give your mule his head and watch how he will pick and choose where he steps, if he doesn't think he is headed in a safe direction, he will not go and nobody is going to make him either!! Mules are awesome, and a joy to ride. However, if you get one that is not already a finished good broke mule, then you are going to have to be the type of rider who is not afraid to let the mule know that you are the boss. No matter what it takes. If you get on a mule and he does something that makes you nervous and so you get off and put him away, then you are in trouble. Mules dont forget and from then on, that mule will pull the same whatever it was that got you to get off and put him away everytime you get him out. Guaranteed. You have to be an assertive rider. But you will love a mule. Go for it.
 

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I think what would bother me is stressing that she is 'strong willed'. I'm not a mule expert, only had 3, and one of those was a pony mule that was more pasture art (I gave him to a boy that didn't have anything to ride). The other two I raised, still have one. They were both always great w/ me, the boy had more quirks. Sending them to a trainer ended up being a much bigger ordeal then I expected. We still have the molly, and she is awsome! My 11 year old nephew rides her, and claims her, he said he's a mule man now.
 

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Mules can do dressage! I just saw two adorable mules kick BUTT at a play date, they were beating out most of the horses in the events. They were jumping and running poles and barrels and being absolutely fantastic!
 

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mules can do dressage deffinately there is a show on RFDTV that i believe was called how to train your mule or something along thoselines and one episode was dressage there was also a jumping episode aswell. I love mules but would probably never own one. Daddy is a big boy tho!! haha and shes a cutie
 

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I want a mule, but I want to do endurance some day. They can do anything a horse can do.
 

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I think I like hennys (sp?) more than I like mules. They are so small and cute with those giant ears!
 

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"Her at 11 months"

I just have to know - is that a huge mule or a very little guy?


B G

Just in case your fella makes me real curious I am trying to remember all those adjectives:
clever, careful, strong willed, stubborn, long lived, good doer, up to weight
and Oh my! just look at those ears - and two of them.
No one mentioned the hearing was good too.

I can definitely see the attraction - pinch me please so that I wake up.
 

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Barry, it's a really big donkey. They're called Mammoth Jacks. ; )
 

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And I thought an 18 hand hairy Shire was spectacular - I am going to have to find a new word for the Shires.

The mammoth jack makes my jaw drop. What a magnificent creature. Fancy that chap carrying me down to the Inn - I'd never have to buy another beer.

If it is that big, that intelligent and that stubborn, where would a mere mortal human start?
 

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BG, you have me rolling over here. I really love the mule, and daddy is freaking huge. Im not sure I have seen a mammoth jack that big before. I can only imagine what it would be like to ride something like that down the road. Thanks everyone for responding to my post. I do appreciate all the information.
 

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It is said that a good picture paints a thousand words.
Whoever caught that pose deserves a prize.
The photo should be a poster.
It demands a title.

As a starter how about:
'Are you looking at me?' (RdN)
'The Mule & the Midget'
'Bunny Big Ears'
'Make my day, Punk'
'Game on'
'Man meets Mountain'
'Want to try?'
'She who must be obeyed'
'Mule for Sale'
'Driving Miss Daisy'

What do we call her?
Fuzzy Bear
Big Ears
Mummy Long Legs
Magnificent Maisie
Twinkle Toes

I am going mad, I can't get her out of my head.

We should start a competition

Barry
 

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Yet more "I haven't a clue"* ramblings

Title:
'How do you think I feel?'
'We ain't going nowhere'
'He hasn't got a chance, look at him'
'Look at what I got'
'You try'
'My beautiful Mule'
'I don't need a blanket to keep me warm'
(excuse me for this) 'He's no good in the straw, either'
'Muletide Greetings'
'Well, what would you do?'

I am beginning to think the look on the man's face says it all.

Barry
PS Have you noticed that fencing?

* IHAC is a very funny comedy radio programme on BBC1.
 

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My wife tells me I have it all wrong.
The photo of the man and 'the fuzzy mule' is in fact a photo of
the Mule's Dad - the donkey.

Tell me confirm to me that I'm obsessed by a donkey.

Then maybe I can go to sleep

Barry
 

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BG, I sure we can figure a way out to get you that picture. The man in the photo is the owner of the mule that my husband and I are interested in. He bred the male mammoth jack (huge a$$ donkey....no pun intended) to the paint mare. I have no clue to who he is other than that. Oh, by the way, you are way to obsessed with a male donkey. LOL!!!! But, like you said, you would never have to buy a beer at the inn again if you rode down the street on him. Will try to come up with more funny sayings to go with the picture later.
 

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The photo of Savannah and his Dad is now my screen saver on this laptop.
A friend in Microsoft showed me how to do it. Now, every time I turn the computor on, a smile comes to my face. My friend and I had a hilarious half hour or so funning about.

It was a sad day yesterday. Friends put down their shire mare and she was later buried out in the paddock. Somehow I managed to get that beautiful, gentle. 17 hand, stoical mare out of my head before I went to bed and for sure laughing at Savannah and his burden in life (the man) had helped me no end.

Trouble is when I went up to the stables today, Tara the shire wasn't there looking over the stable door calling for her carrots. Savannah has got more work to do yet.

Barry
 
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