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I've owned saddle mules for over 25 years. After running a 30 stall boarding barn for horses, I established my farm, Brayer Hill Farm, producing National and World Champion saddle mules and standing two jacks to the public. I have also written and published articles concerning mules and maintain The Saddle Mule News online and serve as the Executive Secretary for The North Anerican Saddle Mule Association.

Experience in the area

I have 25 Years experience in owning, breeding for, raising, and showing quality Saddle Mules and own Brayer Hill Farm. In addition, I am a Charter Member of two National Mule Associations. I also publish The Saddle Mule News available online. www.saddlemulenews.com

Organizations

North American Saddle Mule Association (Executive Secretary), American Gaited Mule Association, American Donkey and Mule Socitey

Publications

The Brayer, Mules and More, and Owner/Publisher of The Saddle Mule News

Education/Credentials

Under and Post Graduate work in Education.

Awards and Honors

ADMS Farm Versatility, Hall of Fame ADMS, Versatility Hall of Fame Winners, ADMS Breeding Versatility Hall of Fame, NASMA Registers of Merit
, National and World Champion title winners.

What do you like about this subject?

While not the equine of choice for all riders, the saddle mule is a unique and interesting show and trail animal. Mules have unique personalties and, with the improvement in breeding for and training, they are fast becoming the equine of choice for the show pen and the trail.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Being a charter member and one of the founders of The North American Saddle Mule Association and the American Gaited Mule Association, I would like to see saddle mules and their owners receive recognition for their efforts and their position as a viable equine market comparable to that available to horse owners in the horse industry.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

As equine, saddle mules are unique in that they are a hybrid resulting from the breeding of a donkey to a horse. The resulting get is sterile, although sexually normal. Male mules are always gelded. Mules have a unique history in the United States from frontier settlement to military service to the personal equine of choice for many exhibitors, trail riders and enthusiasts.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Mules have been stereotyped as stubborn and second class equine. And, while mules are not for everyone and can create a challenge to trainers and owners alike, their devotees are loyal to the extreme.

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Recent Answers from Sue King

2012-08-30 Mules:

John mules are known for killing small stock.  Keep him away from them since he has already shown an inclination to do so. The donkey side of him is responsible for this since donkeys fight rather than

2012-06-25 mules:

The donkey, your mule's parent, is not a flight animal and will attack and fight a predator.  The horse, also your mule's parent, is a flight animal and will run with the herd for safety.  The mule tends

2012-05-02 best animal option:

I would not suggest a mule, but I would suggest either a Tennessee Walking Horse or a Spotted Saddle Horse.  With a mule, I would suggest that it will need much more attention than one or two days a week

2011-10-29 Our Mule Stretches her head out laying ears back when I 'm around her with other equine.:

I'm sure she'll bite but not because she's being mean, just because she's being silly.  If you don't nip it the bud, it will end in a bite.  Don't back up.  Stand your ground.  Two things I used to stop

2011-07-22 miniature donkey behavior:

DO NOT PUT THEM TOGETHER.  The jack can and will kill the foal if he feels it is a threat to his passing on his gene pool.   The mother may try to protect the baby, but a jack's furry, not matter his size

 

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