John the Mule
I suppose he was offended that I told Dusty and Sonny’s story first – seeing as he is the reason that I still have equines on my property. John came to live with me shortly after Dusty and I had our wreck. He was on loan to me from my farrier as our entire riding group was afraid that I would give up on my equine pursuits. They were right because I had NO intention of climbing back on the back of a horse or even a mule. John was my introduction to mules in general, I had been around mules before on rides and such, but had never been aboard one or had any experience handling a mule. To be quite honest, before John you would have NEVER found a mule in my own pasture. I wasn’t prejudiced or anything, but they aren’t a horse – ya know? But John is probably the perfect specimen of a sane and safe citizen of the 4 legged kind. My first time aboard John, I was absolutely terrified, but it soon became apparent that John was a no nonsense kind of guy and wasn’t going to do ANY thing to hurt himself and/or me. Our relationship blossomed quickly and in a short time, I was a happy and confident rider again – on John that is. I can’t possibly put a value on what he gave to me over those months, without him I don’t believe I would have ever ridden again. I owe him SO much. After having him for a while, I began to tell my farrier that I wanted to keep him and eventually bought John so now we can be buddies forever. 🙂 John is the mount that I trust to carry anyone – even the most precious cargo is safe on him.
Several times I have been asked to sell John – 1 man even told me to name my price and he’d meet it (NO thank you!). But as long as I can provide a home for John – he will be with me even if my husband has to eat mac and cheese or ramen noodles for the rest of our lives! LOL
He has a fanclub on facebook : http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=91402662481&ref=ts
Carrying my 7 year old niece on her first trail ride…
Christmas parade 2008
His normal dirty self – WHY doesn’t he want to be white???