So I did a really stupid thing and let my husband talk me into buying a young, pitiful-looking, skinny mule from an auction. I went to see him yesterday. He seems very sweet, though he is very nervous of people, and he made no offer to kick or bite but it seems like he’s a little thrown from so much life upheaval and like maybe he hasn’t been handled very much. Right now he’s in quarantine with a case of the respiratory nasties he’s on antibiotics for, I was originally supposed to bring him home in two weeks but will extend out until he’s healthy and has had all his shots. The quarantine place is inexpensive so if this takes awhile so be it.
I have never had a mule before. We do have a trainer who knows me well who has extensive mule experience involved, and the trainer seems to think having a mule of this description is something I’m capable of handling. If I’m wrong and need help, I can send him to her place.
Our plans for this guy are really just for him to be my husband’s pet. We might have my trainer teach him to do…idk, something down the road if my husband decides he would like to do that but if he’s just a buddy to my aging gelding and a thing for my husband to have as ‘his’ that’s fine too, his last horse that was ‘his’ was 35 so it doesn’t really matter.
Anything specific people can think of with their mules vs horses? I already have been told that they need less food, and that they are much smarter than horses, and if you try to drill them or push them to do things they think are stupid, you won’t succeed like you will with a horse.
Interested to hear everyone else’s thoughts and experiences!