I’m casually watching interested in the idea of owning a mule. I’ve always been a pony/mare/stallion person, so I do prefer an equine with its own mind and opinions. But the mules I see are bred by stock horse people and not physically put together in a way that makes the sense for the kind of work I like to do.
Since the Jack is 50% of the equation, and the mamoth jacks I’ve seen are not very “sporty”, neither are their get. Can a donkey be bred to have a higher neck emergence? Or is it important to a donkeys bio mechanical success for the base of its neck to come out at the point of the shoulder? I’m not looking for a Jack that looks like a warmblood, but are basic ingredients like shoulder and hip angle, neck emergence, and forelimb placement ridiculous to look for in a donkey?
I don’t prefer to breed my own, but I think if I found a Jack I liked I could pursue his get and more easily find my mule. Or at least the fancy mule people. I need some EARS in my life, but I don’t want to make an animals life hard by trying to dressage a bulldozer.