We have been breeding for miniature mules since 2000. All of our mini mules are sired by our miniature jack, Short Asset's Buckaroo. (See photo gallery)
Most of our mares are Class A miniature horses. We have one Class B miniature mare. For miniature horses, Class A are under 34" and Class B are over 34". Miniature donkeys are under 36". The height of an equine is the vertical distance from the last hairs of the mane to the ground, when the animal is standing squarely on a level area.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is a miniature mule?
A mule is the hybrid equine that is produced when a male donkey (jack) breeds a female horse (mare). A hinny is the result of the cross between a male horse (stallion) and a female donkey (jennet). A male mule is called a john mule or horse mule. A female mule is called a molly mule or mare mule. A miniature mule is defined by the American Miniature Mule Society (www.miniaturemulesociety.com) as a mule that is under 48". A Class A miniature mule is under 38" and a Class B miniature mule is over 38" but under 48". All of our miniature mules are Class A.
2) The question I am asked most often is: What do you do with them (mini mules)?
Here is a partial list of ways to use a mini mule.
Driving - We have a wagon and carts that we use. (See photo gallery)
Riding - Minis can support a mini saddle and rider weighing up to about 100 pounds. (See photo gallery)
Packing - I think mini mules would make great pack animals for hikers. I have my eye on a Decker pack saddle for minis that I found on the web.
Showing - Showing is popular for all breeds and sizes of equine. Some shows now have a separate class for mini mules. Others allow minis to compete with the standard sizes. (See photo gallery)
Petting - The minis love attention! Your young kids and grandkids will love playing with an equine "just their size." You, of course, will enjoy the companionship of a mini and all the hugging, kissing and petting you are inclined to give one. Senior cowboys/cowgirls will enjoy an equine that takes a lot less space, food, and time than a full size animal.
Pasture ornament - I love watching my minis graze, romp, and play. Walk out in the pasture or lot and your minis will come and "make your day".
3) What kind of care do mini mules require?
Mini mules are hardy and need a minimal amount of care. They need a safe, secure pasture or lot with a fence or panels that they can not climb through. Our pasture mules graze good grass much of the year and are supplemented with good Bermuda hay from fall through early spring. The hay is fed free choice, meaning they have hay available all of the time to eat at their convenience. Like all equine, mini mules need to be wormed and have their hooves trimmed on a regular basis. All states require at least an annual coggins test. Your vet can tell you what shots he/she recommends for equine in your area. John mules should be castrated. And of course all minis will enjoy being groomed, petted and handled often.
4) Can I turn my minis out with my full size mules (horses or donkeys)?
We do this with no problems. When first put together, the newcomers will be chased for awhile, as will any newcomer. But then they will usually settle in quickly.
5) How big are mini mules when they are born?
Of course the size depends, somewhat, on the size of the mare and jack. Most of our foals have weighed between 23 and 32 pounds at birth and have measured 21 to 25 inches tall.
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