Well, my ownership of mules is limited, but have had alot of contact with them over the years. I know they are hardy much as the donkey. Actually they seem to inherit much of the good of both species. My neighbor had one that was well over 35, and still ridable by small adults or children.
I know they don't reqire as much feed as a horse, and are very picky about the quality of their feed, so they don't eat bad food.
The conformation assures a more comfortable ride than a donkey, but I don't ride much,even Honey who is only the greenest of green broke. Anything else? i can sure find out anything specific about longears for you. I wouldn't mind having a mule baby from honey although she's a little blue in the blood to cross like that.....
OH yeah...tell me about the arab
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The Arab- Rina goes back to Patron and Bask, 4 y/o sorrel sabino w/ 3 high whites, movement to die for. I have her on approval and I don't think she is going to make the final cut, her owner isn't asking a big price for her. She is one of a herd of 8 right now and there is just nothing about her personality that stands out, nothing wrong with her just not in your pocket.
The problem is that she is in western Canada.
I'll try to tell the story without writing a book. I got conned into buying a big, pinto, half draft gelding who turns out to be barely green broke, not the well broke he was represented as. Two trainers and a lot (for me) of money later I was told to get rid of him before I get hurt. I found someone who is willing to trade him for another horse (they know him, had him 2 weeks for evaluation last Feb), there are 2 mares and a mule on the table, all saddle broke and the mule packs as well.
I've liked the idea of a riding mule for a lot of years because of their reputation for being calm, strong and smooth to ride, but I really don't know much about them other than what is easily available on the internet.
My biggest worry after tack (I'd probably need 2 new saddles instead of one) is dog aggression. We have a boarding kennel on the property, as well as 2 households with breeding dogs. Now none of them run loose and 99% of the time that is fine but what about the boarder who's dog ALWAYS comes when he's called, except this time? Mules have a reputation for not liking small animals.