Tell me about...Mules

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by punk-a-doodle, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    So, I know every little girl is supposed to want a pony....but I've always been more of a mule person. X) Plain ol' brown mules. I grew up riding and driving horses and ponies, but I've always been drawn to the mules most. May want to get a mule later on in life. Just wanted to hear what people can tell me about them.
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  2. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC

    I can't tell you about all mules, but I can tell you about this one. This is Betsy, my 14-year-old mini mule. Until I met her, I was a dyed-in-the-wool horse lover, and just thought that mules were kinda funny looking. Well, learning to look at the world through the wise eyes of a mule has been a revelation, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I now own 4 horses in addition to her, and if I could only keep one, she would be the one. She is so smart, she seems almost psychic. Mules have a reputation for being stubborn, but those who love them will tell you that it isn't stubborness, it's a well-developed sense of self-preservation coupled with a determination to think for themselves. You can intimidate a horse into doing all kinds of things, but if a mule thinks a situation isn't safe, you may as well shoot him where he stands, 'cause he just ain't going there! On the other hand, present him with a situation, let him size it up, when he's satisfied that all is well, he will be very cooperative. You don't bully a mule, if you do, it will come back to bite you (sometimes, literally!) Mules bond like donkeys (though being raised by a horse, they don't really identify with donkeys) and once a mule has bonded with you, it can be as loyal as a dog. It doesn't take a mule much time to learn something, and once he's learned it, he's got it for life. A mule's memory can put an elephant's to shame. Betsy frequently amazes me with her intelligence, and she's often just plain funny. You ought to hear some of the stories I can tell about her. Can you tell that I love my little brown mule?[​IMG]

    And - oh yes, I almost forgot. Mules have a donkey's inborn dislike of predators. Be very careful with dogs around a mule, they can be very sneaky and determined, and they certainly can kill a dog. Some people use them as livestock guardians.
  3. NYboy

    NYboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    White plains
    Betsy is very cute!
  4. punk-a-doodle

    punk-a-doodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Betsy is adorable!! She really wears her ears well.

    I've heard that they can kill a dog and can stamp them underhoof. Definitely has me nervous. Does raising alongside dogs/getting a mule proven with dogs on their previous farm help?
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  5. verity

    verity Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    We have a lovely 10 hd 'pony mule' --- she is donkey/Welsh pony cross --- light sorrel and has huge eyes with long, long eyelashes ---
    she had been abused when we got her 6 years -- she has never been aggressive to any dog or the barn-cats who eat from her bowl --
    sweet, sweet, sweet!

    and, by far, the smartest of any of 'us' who live here --- love my little mule-girl -- :)

    I could e-mail a picture but cannot for the life of me figure out how to post one on this forum --
  6. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    Huge mule fan here! There is a great, must read book. The Natural Superiority of Mules By John Hauer. Awesome read.

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