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We have a Molly by the name of Anna-Belle available, ready to go to her "Forever" home. She has no buck, no kick, nor a mean bone in her body. Very easy keeper. She is good with the farrier, loading in the trailer, dogs, cats, turkeys and chickens don't bother her. She was a bit shy and stand-offish when we adopted her, but has come around to be a sweet and gentle soul. She has been ridden by experts to newbies and does just fine. She is right at 13-2 and approximately 15 yrs old, which due to the hybrid vigor of the mule is basically middle aged. Up to date on all vaccinations and coggins. Recently had her teeth floated, and we are on a 5 -6 week schedule with the farrier. We acquired her about a year ago from a friend in need, but we have decided to re-home her because when we go traveling with our other two, she gets left behind. She deserves better, so for her sake, she is available to a good and suitable home. Price is $1200, but may be a bit negotiable for her perfect person and place. The photos below are of "Bella", when we first picked her up, and now that she has been at our place. We participated in a four day mule clinic with the renowned Mule trainer, TY EVANS, where "Bella", did really good. We are proud of her progress. (Status update - Bella is no longer available)
Advantages of Mules
Mules, having hybrid vigor, can grow taller than both parents. Weight for weight they are stronger than horses, and are much longer-lived with much longer working lives, although maturing slightly later. They rarely become ill or lame or suffer wounds, can withstand extremes of temperature, can live on frugal rations, have tremendous stamina and resilience and are exceptionally sure-footed.
Mules have a reputation for being obstinate and bad-tempered, but as with donkeys, the mule's legendary stubbornness is in fact a manifestation of its talent for self-preservation. There are times when a human finds this 'talent' annoying, when he is disobeyed by a mule, but there are many other times when it can be a great advantage: if a mule takes care of itself, then it follows that it is also taking great care of its cargo, human or otherwise. It is not for nothing that mules are chosen rather than horses to take tourists down the Grand Canyon! By intelligent handling, it is quite possible to foresee occasions on which a mule is likely to be 'stubborn' and to avoid them.
The undeserved reputation for bad temper is, I believe, due to the mule's unexpectedly sensitive and non-trusting nature. Until he has learned to trust a person, and if he is worried that the person may do him harm, he may take defensive action (never offensive) by kicking them, should he feel the occasion merits it. And mules are splendid kickers - they kick fast and accurately, and if a mule misses, it is because he intended to. Unfortunately many of the people who have worked with mules over the centuries have not appreciated this sensitivity, and have not understood another characteristic of the mule: that you cannot force him to do anything, but must persuade him, or organize his work so that he is only asked to do those things which he will want to do. Failure to appreciate this has led to many a battle between man and mule, and to the mule's bad reputation.
Mules are highly intelligent - mule devotees would say more intelligent than horses - and are very quick to learn, with a grasp of a situation which often seems little short of miraculous. This means that their handlers need to be quick-witted to stay one jump ahead of them. A well-trained and handled mule is obliging, kind, patient, persevering, calm, tolerant, sensible, loyal, affectionate, playful - and also proud, jealous and calculating. Being so intelligent, a badly trained and handled mule can be a problem.
ARE MULES DIFFICULT TO LOOK AFTER?
They are very easy to look after in that they are rarely ill or lame, rarely need shoeing, are not fussy about their food and can withstand extremes of climate.
ARE MULES DIFFICULT TO TRAIN?
No, but their natures are different to horses', you must gain your mule's trust and learn to understand each other, and then he will do anything for you.
The late Tom Dorrance said, 'Mules are just like horses, only more so.'
Please enjoy your visit to our site. The Mules pictured here are some of our past and present babies. (They will always be Our Babies) Our focus has changed a bit since the inception of this site. Most of the mules pictured here have be placed in their "forever" homes, including the Jack "Mr. Bill". As such, we are no longer actively breeding mules at this time, but we still regularly have mules become available through friends and acquaintances, and we also entertain placement requests from outside sources, so feel free to contact us if looking to buy or sell a mule. We have built a large network of "Mule" people and would be happy to assist with your search.
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Call: Doug Ramey@ (727) 385-4948