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Gypsy is what we like to call a "pocket mule". She'll follow you anywhere and is always "nosey" wondering what you're doing. She's always first to come see what's going on. She's a 10 year old, "quarter-mule", approx. 14 & 1/2 hands and approx. 900 lbs. Pretty stocky. She's been doing great on the trails, just needs more time/experience. She's never had shoes, but so far is doing great barefoot. She's great with the clippers and okay with trimming her feet (if she doesn't cooperate, we put a nose bag of grain on her and she stands like a dream). She needs more work with that as she's not cooperative with holding them forward and tends to lean a bit when trimming the backs. She's great with water crossings, trailering, even poor fitting saddles. She's just an easy going mule. She's great in camp. We packed her into the Pasayten the summer of 2011 and discovered that with the shape of her back & withers she should not be a pack mule unless you are VERY experienced as it's very difficult to keep a load balanced on her. We did find out how really stable she is, though. The manny load she was wearing shifted and before you could even say the word, it was under her..... in a very bad spot on the trail. She did not freak, she just kept moving & stepping until she was out of it. She gave us a bit of trouble putting it back on (understandable), but eventually calmed down and with some readjusting, she managed to get it 14 miles in without issue. She carried the "box" packs out for the return trip and with a couple of added rocks to level the load as needed, she managed that as well. However, she now has some prominent "white marks" from the saddle not fitting properly. I'll be honest, she's not easy to fit any saddle to. You will have to be willing to go to the trouble of finding something that fits. She has been known to have the "typical" stubborn mule attitude occasionally, but with patience you can prevail. She's a wonderful girl who needs a good home. Her price is negotiable to the right home.