First, let’s clear up what a mule is.
We have two mules here at R2 Hillside Ranch. A mule is the offspring of a jack (male donkey) and a mare (female horse). A horse has 64 chromosomes, and a donkey has 62. The mule ends up with 63. Mules can be either male or female, but, because of the odd number of chromosomes, they can’t reproduce.
Except for the long ears, mules look very similar to horses, but their muscle composition is unique. Mules have smoother muscles than horses. A mule gets its athletic ability from the horse and its intelligence from the donkey.
Donkeys and mules have been labeled “stubborn” for centuries, but it is really only an abundance of common sense and a strong desire for self-preservation that might make them inclined to resist. Mules and donkeys actually have a natural attraction to humans. When treated with patience, kindness and understanding, they learn to trust and obey.
Generally Mules weigh between 800 and 1,000 lbs and have an average lifespan for mules is between 35 and 40 years, some mules have been known to live until 50, especially if well looked after.
Our Mister Rogers and Miss Blossom are here at R2 HIllside Ranch as rescued mules from Red Bucket Equine Rescue in Chino Hills, Ca.
“In the world of mules there are no rules.”
~ Ogden Nash