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Old 11-15-2013, 12:13 AM
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Re: WTB a Big Ass

HARPERC,

Donkey - a Mammoth one.

Mule's have too much horse in 'em. Plus nothin' could be dumber looking than longears and earless pack goats and an old man headin' up the parade>

Mike338,

Looked into that one. A little long in the back and a bit too light.

Joel,

Darn!

Mammoth jacks are darn few and far between. Want something @ least 15 hands or a real stocky 14.2 or so. Mules are pricey as all get out. It's kind of funny. The more they look and act like a horse the more they want for them.

A good mule is darn hard to beat.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:12 AM
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Re: WTB a Big Ass

Mammoth Jack

Buyer beware.
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:32 AM
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HARPERC,

Donkey - a Mammoth one.

Mule's have too much horse in 'em. Plus nothin' could be dumber looking than longears and earless pack goats and an old man headin' up the parade>

Mike338,

Looked into that one. A little long in the back and a bit too light.

Joel,

Darn!

Mammoth jacks are darn few and far between. Want something @ least 15 hands or a real stocky 14.2 or so. Mules are pricey as all get out. It's kind of funny. The more they look and act like a horse the more they want for them.

A good mule is darn hard to beat.
At 3 or 4, your mule might be the worst animal you ever rode. At 6 or 7, it might be the best animal you ever rode. Take the time you normally work with your horse and double or triple it with a young mule. The young ones are very insecure and it's taken me an hour and a half just to lead it out of the pasture away from the horses or down the road away from the ranch. As they mature (which is much slower than a horse), if you've been patient, that all changes. They're always thinking and deciding if they want to cooperate. The work you put in on the front end pay's big dividends on the back end. The payoff is a steady, predictable animal in the mountains. Less chance of a blow up and a hospital stay. I've worked with horses that I could train in minutes but despite any amount of work, retained their mental health issues in the real world.
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Old 11-15-2013, 09:19 AM
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Mike 338,

You leave no stone unturned!

You're spot on with your comments. I get along with mature mules way better than any horse I've ever owned. I wasn't savvy or disciplined to by the better horse. Seemed to favor buckskin vs traits.

The mules I've hung around were from dedicated owners who knew there animals.

Comparing horses and mules is almost like comparing dogs with goats. I trained border collies for years. What could be done with them in minutes takes months with a goat. So lots of time and often.

The closest is the one in northern Utah. Buyer beware, eh? 15 years and nothin' done with him except breed once in awhile. Kind of like a wreck waiting to happen. Just what I don't need.

Thanks a ton.

Oh, any broken bones are on you.
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Old 11-15-2013, 10:43 AM
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Re: WTB a Big Ass

I put my dark mule in with goats and they got along great. I'm not sure how it would go on the trail with both. Our goats have a habbit of wanting to pass you early into the hike and hit you with their boxes as they run past. After a little bit, they line out fine. Helps to have a buddy in the back of the line to push the straggler. I'm not sure how any equine would do being hit by the boxes of speeding goats.
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Old 11-15-2013, 11:40 PM
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Most goats seem to do like wise. It takes a little distance to get lined out.

Worse if you get your goat from a loving female person who lets them get away with anything.

They can be worked out of it but it takes time and a bunch of goat stepping on your heals.

My last horse was tolerant of all kinds of things around her legs and feet. To bad she died. That's my luck with horses.
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