26 thoughts on “Who’s Been Makin’ Fun of My Mule?”

  1. Why do they breed mules? Is it good to have a horse and donkey combination?

    As westerns go how often is the star on a mule? I don’t remember The Duke on one.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    Why do they breed mules?

    A mule is smaller and eats less, but can pull as much or carry as large a pack as a horse.  They do better when packing on steep mountain trails.

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  3. MJBubba:

    10 Cents:
    Why do they breed mules?

    A mule is smaller and eats less, but can pull as much or carry as large a pack as a horse.  They do better when packing on steep mountain trails.

    Is that because their center of gravity is lower?

    Do they naturally occur in nature or do they have to bred? They are sterile after birth, right?

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  4. From Wiki:

    Mules and hinnies have 63 chromosomes, a mixture of the horse’s 64 and the donkey’s 62. The different structure and number usually prevents the chromosomes from pairing up properly and creating successful embryos, rendering most mules infertile.

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    MJBubba:

    10 Cents:
    Why do they breed mules?

    A mule is smaller and eats less, but can pull as much or carry as large a pack as a horse.  They do better when packing on steep mountain trails.

    Is that because their center of gravity is lower?

    Yes, and they have a shorter “wheelbase.”

    Do they naturally occur in nature or do they have to bred? They are sterile after birth, right?

    Yes, they are almost entirely unfertile, and when they do get pregnant, their colts are mostly stillbirths.   Mules have to be bred.

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