It’s National Mule Day

Tuesday's Horse

Updated 4:04 pm to add dressage video.

It’s National Mule Day. Let’s pay tribute to this multi-faceted and much used equine.

National Mule Day is recognized each year on October 26.

A mule is a hybrid cross between a male donkey and a female horse. The mule possesses the strength, intelligence, patience, perseverance, endurance, surefootedness and even temper of the donkey.

Appaloosa mare with beautiful Appaloosa mule offspring. Appaloosa mare with beautiful Appaloosa mule offspring.

Did you know that George Washington played a significant role in the development of the mule population in America? He recognized the value of the sturdy animal in agriculture and became the first American breeder.[1]

It didn’t take long before mules found a place in the grim business of war. A mule’s hide and hooves are tougher than a horse’s, and endure heat better. They carry heavier loads for longer distances, and eat a third less than horses doing the…

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