Scientific name: Equus caballus x Equus asinus
A mule is a cross between a female horse or pony (Equus caballus) and a male domestic donkey (Equus asinus). Because horses and donkeys are different species, with different numbers of chromosomes, all male mules and most female mules are infertile.
Mules have been used as beasts of burden for at least 3,000 years and are still used today in many parts of the world because of their ability to work under harsh conditions which are too severe for other draft and pack animals. Mules are able to carry more dead weight than a comparable-sized horse, and are said to possess the patience, endurance and sure-footedness of the donkey, and the vigor, strength and courage of the horse.
Appearance / health:
Mules come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors, depending largely on the breeding of the mule's dam.
Mules have hybrid vigor, and rarely become ill or lame. They are able to withstand extremes of temperature, can live on frugal rations and have tremendous stamina and resilience.
Behavior / temperament:
Mules are intelligent and quick to learn, though they mature more slowly than horses. They tend to be sensitive and somewhat untrusting at first, which might be the cause of their legendary stubbornness. It is said that you cannot force a mule to do anything, but instead, you must persuade him, or organize his work so he is only asked to do those things he wants to do.
steep terrain, great trail mule, good calm ride, solid working animal, excellent pack animals
good patience, stubbornness
long memory, Long eared equine, humour mules, self preservation
Good Mount But Dangerous Around Small Animals/Children
The mule I used to own was a very sure-footed, intelligent mount however he attempted to murder several of our smaller livestock/pets whenever he got the chance. This included goats, foals, dogs, etc. I'm not sure if he was just aggressive in general or he saw them as a threat (i.e., coyote sized) but it was unacceptable and upsetting to say the least. I have heard many stories of other mules being like this. I like mules, but just beware of this behavior!.
From BayleeCVT Jan 15 2019 2:02AM
Mule Days are Great
Gus came from a horse trader who was sending him to auction. I knew little about him other than he was an in your pocket kind of guy. Gus adapted quickly to his new horse and other family members. He was clipped, bathed, trimmed, and ridden without issue. Stubborn as a mule described him, but he was never mean, just stopped and stood until he was sure about what was happening. In fact, after just a few months he was placed in a new home working with a disabled child. Gus was the first mule I have owned, though I have worked with others, and he was a true pleasure. I have never met a more laid back animal. I would recommend trying a mule for anyone who wanted to ride, but needed an easy keeper. .
From dawningtomoro Oct 16 2016 9:06AM