Alright – so, ages ago, I asked Mulography followers on Facebook to send in any questions they had. I am sorry that it took so long to respond, life got very hectic (see previous post)! Anyway, here is the first part of the Q&A. Thank you to everyone who sent questions in.
Read Part Two here
1. This is probably covered somewhere in the blog archives, but can you say what attracts you to having, training and riding mules instead of horses, given also that your partner is a pragmatic horseman; so why the extra challenge of mules in a horsey household, why not a nice interesting problem horse instead?
The thing is … I don’t know if any problem horse could be as interesting as a mule. Trying to explain the allure of mules to non-mule owners is always difficult, because it’s one of those things that can never be properly explained with mere words; this is why I actively encourage people to find out for themselves!
Mules are like cats, I think. People often compare them to dogs due to their loyalty and affection, but I feel that cats are a better comparison. (Most) dogs love anybody and anything and are great ego-boosters. Cats and mules require people to earn that love and are great ego-levellers. I know I quote it all the time, but it’s true: you can’t have a mule and an ego!
I prefer them for riding because, although they are still just as capable of spooking or bolting or any other gravity-defying thing, they are less likely to do so and, when they do, you know that their self-preservation will remain 100% intact.
Ben being the pragmatic horseman that he is is what enables me to do this at all. Although I am firmly hooked on mules now and would never go back to horses, I am not a trainer and am regularly flummoxed by my mules’ behaviour at times. Having Ben around keeps me sane and probably keeps my mules happier, too!
Plus, how could you ever tire of that view? The world is a better place when framed between the ears of a mule.