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|The most fun we have around here is when the baby donkeys are born. There is nothing cuter in the
world! Just look!!
|We raise standard (40" to 48"), large standard donkeys, which are from 48 to 54 inches tall, and now
mammoth donkeys (54" and over). Our jack, "Pancho", is a tri colored (brown, dun and white) spotted
standard, approximately 40 inches tall. He is still young and hasn't sired lots of babies yet, but we're
hopeful they will be as colorful as he is! We stand Pancho to outside jennies (and rather short mares),
and his stud fee is $100.
|If you've never ridden a mule, you don't know what you've been missing! A cross between a horse and a
donkey, the mule has many wonderful and unusual characteristics. Mules are more intelligent than
horses (meaning they don't hurt themselves as often); they have a natural "hybrid vigor", making them
more resistent to illness and disease; they eat about a third of what it takes to keep a horse in the same
condition; they don't usually require shoes, just an occasional trim; they're more comfortable to ride;
they've got those great ears!; and don't forget that wonderful bray!
We've been riding and raising mules around here for about twenty years. I like to say that a good mule is
worth its weight in gold, but a bad one can ruin you! Mules require different handing than horses. It's
relatively easy to "make" a horse do what you want him to. With a mule, you have to convince him that
what you're asking is ultimately in his best interest to do! They, unlike horses, do not think that you are
the smartest one of the team, and they will double check every one of your decisions! This is great if you
want a true "partner" on the trail!
Our first successful attempt at producing an Appaloosa mule came with Ripley. He was, and still is, a joy
to behold! White with big yellow dun spots, and some of his spots even have stripes! He's out of a
foundation bred Appaloosa mare, Junior's Frosty, and a black standard jack that is no longer with us.
Ripley traveled to the National Donkey and Mule Show held at the State Fair of Texas when he was about
17 months old. He had never been on a trip, or in a show, and he still won the National Championship
Lead-line Trail Class! We were very proud. He has been on several trail rides -- and he can't ever wait to
get in the trailer!
|Currently, we have one exceptional mule that might be available to the "right" home. "The
Mule Colt" (I never got around to giving him a name!) is eight years old. He is out of a
Boston Mac/Conclusive bred Quarter Horse, by a little paint jack. He stands about 14
hands, and is white with small black spots. The Mule Colt is trained to drive, and is broke
to ride. He has completed two 25 mile endurance rides -- in the top ten! -- the first time he
was ever ridden on trail. He's a very sweet little guy, and he's got a lot of potential!
|We also have a retired endurance mule that now serves as a "test drive" for the uninitiated,
potential mule fancier. Scarlet is a wonderful mule for anyone to come out and "try" to see what
mules are all about. She is very patient and kind, although she doesn't move very fast any more.
Mules are special creatures, and you must be "special", too, to live with one. We are happy to
answer mule and donkey related questions, as most "longears enthusiasts" are! You can also
contact the American Donkey and Mule Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last Updated August 3, 2003.