The Book of Mules

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The Book of Mules is the essential new resource for anyone who owns or rides a mule, is intrigued by the idea, or is otherwise a proud—perhaps even mulish—devotee of such creatures in a largely horse-centered world.
 
The offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, mules are known for their grace, strength, agility, and lovely long ears. With both charm and intelligence, these hardy, sure-footed creatures have a longtime association ...

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Overview

The Book of Mules is the essential new resource for anyone who owns or rides a mule, is intrigued by the idea, or is otherwise a proud—perhaps even mulish—devotee of such creatures in a largely horse-centered world.
 
The offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, mules are known for their grace, strength, agility, and lovely long ears. With both charm and intelligence, these hardy, sure-footed creatures have a longtime association with the American West and a dedicated following that comes as no surprise to those who enjoy riding and driving them. There are some 275,000 mules in America today, and Mule Day festivals take place nationwide.
 
In this book, Donna Campbell Smith addresses the origin, history, and breeding of mules, and provides clear and invaluable information on selecting, caring for, riding, and showing them. She lists events, discusses health care, and provides a useful glossary, resource list, and bibliography. In short, this concise introduction covers practically everything you ever wanted to know about mules.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599212838
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/16/2008
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 428,574
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Campbell Smith is the author of The Book of Miniature Horses and The Book of Draft Horses and has contributed to Stable Management Magazine, USA Equestrian, and other such publications. She has worked in the horse industry for thirty years.

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FROM THE PREFACE
 
It is with a sense of recapturing the past that I have written The Book of Mules. I have met some nice folks and their mules while gathering this information, and I believe it is a very good thing that mules have found their way back into our hearts. Look around you. They are out there still, serving in the military, carrying tourists into the Grand Canyon, and entertaining us under the spotlight. They are good companions that carry riders safely on the trail or to the winner’s circle in the show ring and the racetrack. Mules are making a comeback.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements                                                                                                            

Prologue                                                                                                                              

Chapter One – The Origin and History of the Mule                                   

Chapter Two – Crossing Breeds and Species                                                              

Chapter Three – Ownership                                                                                             \

Chapter Four – Buying a Mule                                                                        

Chapter Five – Health and Care                                                                      

Chapter Six – Working Mules                                                                        

Chapter Seven – Pleasure Mules                                                                    

Chapter Eight – Mules Days                                                                            

Chapter Nine – Showing Mules                                                                      

Chapter Ten – Breeding and Foal Care                                                         

Glossary                                                                                                                               

Resources

Bibliography

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The Book of Mules is the essential new resource for anyone who owns or rides a mule, is intrigued by the idea, or is otherwise a proud—perhaps even mulish—devotee of such creatures in a largely horse-centered world.
 
The offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, mules are known for their grace, strength, agility, and lovely long ears. With both charm and intelligence, these hardy, sure-footed creatures have a longtime association with the American West and a dedicated following that comes as no surprise to those who enjoy riding and driving them. There are some 275,000 mules in America today, and Mule Day festivals take place nationwide. In this book, Donna Campbell Smith addresses the origin, history, and breeding of mules, and provides clear and invaluable information on selecting, caring for, riding, and showing them. She lists events, discusses health care, and provides a useful glossary, resource list, and bibliography. In short, this concise introduction covers practically everything you ever wanted to know about mules.
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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Everything You Need to know about Mules

    This book provided me with the everything from Mule History, breeding and riding these beautiful Animals. The Mule was the Backbone of this country. It was used on the farm and in both world wars. The Mule is still used the middle east by US Army Special Forces. Columbia Tennessee provided most of the Mules used in this country.
    Mules are as smart as people. A most excellent book for the coffee table.
    Excellent photos too!

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