Honestly, you wait all your life for a Banjo and then two come along at once! This time we’re in America and learning about this super cute pair. I had to ask Angela for a Tale because I’d seen some photos she shared, and the obvious love between this lady and her mule is so wonderful. There is something special about the bond you can have with a mule that you won’t understand unless you’ve experienced it yourself. They are truly incredible creatures.
1. Please introduce us to your mule!
This is Banjo.
2. How did you meet him?
I went to an auction a few hours away from home. The auction had nothing I wanted other than some whips. I didn’t like any of the stock in the pens. So naturally I was hungry so I walked to the food vendor. I was cut off in line and bit cranky so I walked back to my spot watching the auction. This rude behavior at the food line happened again so, again, I walked away rather than wait. Third time I got up and walked across this huge arena to get food – yes!!! Finally no rude people and no line. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw theses ears … just ears above the holding pens all the way in the back. I ran across the arena to the backside and there he was. I hunted the owner down and bought him before he was run through the sale. My $250 mule. <3
3. What do you do with him, and what are your plans for the future?
I purchased him not broke. I’m in hopes he will be my go to guy. Roping, jumping and trails.
4. Can you share a story that you feel sums up your mule and/or your relationship with him?
I adore mules because they are mindful and affectionate. My mule is always watching me and always aware of himself.
5. What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt as a mule owner, and what piece of advice would you give to someone new to mules?
The most important thing I’ve learned as a mule owner about them would be they are not stubborn, they just like to think and unless you help them come to the notion it was their idea they will not oblige. They don’t forget nothing either, whether they forgive you or not.
To new mule owners I’d say ask yourself how dedicated of a owner are you? These hybrids are not for everyone. It’s important to know your expectations. These animals think on a deeper level than a horse. Their self-preservation is strong. Try a few out before buying, pay attention to how it handles on the ground. Do not buy one without seeing how it rides, or if it doesn’t, you should have the experience to start one yourself. There are good mules and bad mules. Know and accept the difference. Happy mule hunting!
Addendum: Angela sent me her Tale a little while ago and I’ve only just got round to publishing it, so I have a little update on where she is with Banjo now. She says he is now riding and roping – though nothing live yet!
If you would like your mule to be featured here, then please contact me either via this blog, message me on my Mulography Facebook page, or email me at: herecirm (at) gmail.com. I would particularly like to hear from UK mule owners (purely because Mulography is about owning a mule in the UK), but am happy to take worldwide submissions!