George Washington was the first organized mule breeder in America.
Bishop Mule Days, held over Memorial Day weekend in Bishop, California, is the largest mule show in the world, and has the largest non-motorized parade in the U.S.
One of the largest silver mines in the west was found because a burro ran away and was found standing on the silver lode!
The armies of World War I and World War II depended heavily on their horses and mules. This was called the "cavalry."
In the Victorian era, donkeys were popular side-saddle mounts for girls.
Watch your donkey's or mule's ears - they will communicate his thoughts.
A mule gets its athletic ability from the horse and its intelligence from the donkey.
A mule named Old Beck was the first (and one of the few) documented cases of a female mule giving birth in the U.S.
Donkeys and mules are often called "stubborn" when they are actually just confused or afraid.
Having a good sense of humor really helps when working with equines, especially mules and donkeys.
The most important nutritional thing for donkeys and mules is also the cheapest. It's water!
A "burro" is just another name for a small donkey.
When a horse talks, it's called a "whinny" or a "neigh." When a donkey talks it's called a "bray" and when a mule talks, it's called a "neigh-bray."
Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky have always been the primary mule-producing states in America.
In 1936, a mule named Boston Curtis was elected to office in Milton, Washington. His hoof print is on the official documents.
Unlike our teeth, the teeth of mules, donkeys, horses and ponies are always growing. That is why they need to be filed down, which is called being "floated."
When a horse puts his ears back, it means he's mad. When a longears puts his ears back, it means he's concentrating!
Donkeys make really good guard animals and are sometimes used to protect sheep and llamas!
During World War II, soldiers in the jungle knew that they'd be ok if they ate and drank the same things their mules did.
When you want to get your equine's attention, make sure you say his name first!
Overall, mules and donkeys have greater strength than a horse of the same size.
Mules can live to be very old. An Army mule lived to the age of 59!
Lighter colored mules can withstand the heat better than dark colored mules, but they also are more likely to get sun burned.
Mules and donkeys can be more affectionate towards people than horses.
You can learn about trust when you learn about mules.
In Lang, Kansas, in the month of August it's against the law to ride a mule down Main Street, unless the mule is wearing a straw hat.
In Oklahoma, it is against the law to have a sleeping donkey in your bathtub after 7 p.m.
In the city of Pittsburgh, it is against the law to bring a donkey or a mule onto a trolley car.
In Culpepper, Virginia no one is allowed to wash a mule on the sidewalk.
In Wynona, Oklahoma, a mule is not allowed to drink out of a birdbath.
"If hard work were really a virtue, then mules would be saints." - James Dee Richardson
"My favorite animal is the mule. He has more horse sense than a horse. He knows when to stop eating - and he knows when to stop working." - Harry S. Truman
The great military commander Hannibal used mules--along with elephants--to cross the Alps in 216 B.C.
Because they were considered tougher, stagecoach lines often preferred to use mules, especially for far distances or rough conditions.
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