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Mules in the American West
« on: August 02, 2021, 09:45:37 PM »
The American Mule deserves more credit than it's given as the trailblazer's companion. In fact, it is more versatile and valuable than the horse in its ability to cope with rough terrain and the unexpected dangers on and off the trails of the American Frontier.

The Author's Thoughts on the Mule

The least glamorous but most useful creature of genus Equus is what may be considered, the illegitimate offspring of the horse and donkey. This term fits not because of any distain that I have for the venerable old mule. No, I like them despite what many seasoned muleteers may say when spinning yarns of savage kicks, thrown 'cargas' and hapless riders, hurtled headlong into a cholla patch, soon to gain Solomon's knowledge through Job's suffering. No sir! The mule is truly a child of two families ascended to the lofty title of prince and princess of the plains.

While donkeys, and horses,  care naught for matrimony beyond their casual association; their tryst in cupids grove begat a sterile hybrid with the best traits of both animals combined. So, such regal perfection comes at a dear cost as each mule is condemned to its glorious reign over its own realm without hope of an heir to their dynasty. With their final breath, the sun sets on another glorious bloodline; one whose mold was broken upon the first casting with an exact copy of its likeness ne're to be seen again.


 Mules have faithfully served humanity since ancient times. They have carried kings and borne the burdens of countless civilizations long before their hooves ever crushed the sod of North America’s deserts and plains.

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Re: Mules in the American West
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2021, 12:45:19 PM »
Excellent!   I have been a fan of mules since i was a wee lad.   Great uncle had a matched set of 8 mules for team hauling competitions.   Their tack rivaled the Budweiser Clydesdales!    He also had several riding mules.   As a 6-10 year old, they were the gentlest creatures i have ever been around.   The carrots and apples i brought probably helped.

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Re: Mules in the American West
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2021, 11:06:08 PM »
Great article, Dave!
I learned more than I expected!
incredibly extensive, one could use this as a text for "would be" mule owners.

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Re: Mules in the American West
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2021, 11:15:01 PM »
My great-great Uncle on his mule.
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Re: Mules in the American West
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2021, 11:36:34 PM »
That is a great picture John.  There is so much similarity between kids today posing with their favorite ride and your uncle posing with his. What great history! Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Mules in the American West
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2021, 11:38:41 PM »
Professor and Mogorilla,

Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you liked the article. Its always good to put together a story that my friends will enjoy.

Thanks

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Re: Mules in the American West
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2021, 10:01:03 AM »
Dave,

I already posted a comment on FAIN but wanted to join the others here and say well done.  We've talked about mules several times and still I enjoyed reading you posting. Again, well done my friend.

Dave

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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2021, 11:46:57 PM »
Thanks Dave, I appreciate the kind words pard.

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Re: Mules in the American West
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2021, 09:32:39 PM »
Another great article Dave!
Made me miss my mule; George was a 52". He always got me back to the truck during a night of coon hunting.

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Re: Mules in the American West
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2021, 11:23:47 PM »
Another great article Dave!
Made me miss my mule; George was a 52". He always got me back to the truck during a night of coon hunting.
I'd like to hear more about him B.B.

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