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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 an 8 year old, "quarter-mule", approx. 14 & 1/2 hands and approx. 900 lbs. Quite 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 very cooperative with holding them forward and tends to lean a bit when trimming the backs. She is not kicky, however. 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 and 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.
Judd is a big, strong, 10 year old, 15.1 hands and approx. 975 lbs (this was by tape three years ago). We're pretty sure he is a Belgian cross. He is still fairly green and has a mild spook factor. He tried to bolt a couple of times, but was easily stopped. He gets over his fears quite quickly and is very gentle and kind. He loves attention. He has a great willingness to learn. He is good with the clippers and is fairly cooperative with trimming his feet. He's never had shoes and so far has not been "ouchy" without them. He's good at letting you know if something makes him nervous. Judd is best suited to an experienced rider at this point, as he needs someone who will remain calm when he gets spooked and talk him out of it. He made up his mind that he hates shots and is very difficult to vaccinate. He's a great mule who just needs lots of one on one attention and lots of miles. Once he gains more experience I'm confident he will be pretty "bomb proof".
Her registered name is "Misty Little Ruby" and she is a 9 year old Tennessee Walker. She is 14.2 hands and approx. 900 lbs. She does not spook easily but when she does, she tends to dance around a bit. Typically, she just stops and studies whatever makes her nervous and can usually be coaxed up to the object without much trouble. She goes out alone quite well. She has a couple nice speeds while gaiting. She tends to get a bit "choppy" when she reaches that speed just before a trot. She's a wonderful little gal who's always coming to see what your up to. She has no issues with water or bridges, shoes great, and absolutely loves to travel. She is barefoot right now and is doing well with her feet so far.