The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:




TimberKing Sawmills



The Largest Inventory of Used Chainsaw Parts in the World

Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools


Forest Products Industry Insurance

Norwood Industries Inc.

Sawmill & Woodlot Magazine



Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL

Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Comstock Logging

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Woodshax Outdoor Vending Solutions

FARMA

Forestry Forum Tool Box

Author Topic: Everybody needs a mule  (Read 1120 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3051
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Everybody needs a mule
« on: March 06, 2017, 11:21:58 am »
   For our 20th wedding anniversary I bought my wife a pet mule. I guess he is a pony mule as he is only about 600 lbs. The most mules I ever saw was in Lailabella in northern Ethiopia at a local market.

   Blackjack is about 24 y/o now although at times he still acts like a colt. He does not like men but is fine with women and girls. He will reluctantly go in his stall every morning for his brunch of sweet feed. Mules are smarter than horses. You can put all the feed out you want, the mule will eat till he is full then stop while a horse will eat it all and founder himself. Every day when I open the stall and let Blackjack out he will run past and kick up his heels as if to say "I got away from you!". He usually likes to go roll in the dust after that. One of these days I will catch him getting up when he is sitting on his butt with his front feet in front of him like a cartoon mule.
 

 
 

 
   Many years ago I had a custom made set of harness made for Blackjack thinking I would put him to work. My son and I quickly found we were putting more effort into him than we were getting out so now I am happy if I can just hear him bray once in a while. I once shot a deer and hooked him to Blackjack. He got nervous, ran in circles dragging the deer till he tied me around a dead dogwood and snapped it off. Then he took off running with the deer bouncing behind him. I thought I was going to have to shoot the mule to get my deer back but he finally stopped and I got it back. Haven't tried that again. I did get a man with a team of big mules to drag some big poplar logs out last June and posted that. They were lots bigger and smarter than mine - maybe not. I've been feeding him nearly 20 years now and he still hasn't put in full days work.

   Everybody should own a mule and maybe a few goats to learn a lot about patience if nothing else.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline Raider Bill

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 6606
  • Location: S.E. Tenn & Floridas Gulf Coast
  • Gender: Male
  • Who will pull the wagon when everyone rides?
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2017, 11:34:31 am »
We had a mule show up a couple years ago out of nowhere. Nobody knew where she came from. When she first showed up she was gaunt, about hairless and pretty rough looking. We assume she escaped from someone that wasn't taking care of her.
Hung out in the area for most of a year then disappeared. Used to clean out my deer feeders. Looked show quality after awhile of grazing.
Scared the crap out of me a couple time when I was in the woods and there it was just a few feet away starring at me. Them things are big!


 
Kubota L-4200, Ford 8N, S-10 4WD Beater truck, Chainsaw, Bush Hog, couple ATV's and 141 acres of trees I'm not sure what to do with but I sure do have fun and enjoy being in the woods!
The First 50 years of childhood is always the hardest.

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3051
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2017, 03:45:43 pm »
Raider,

   She sure looks pretty in the picture. Ours used to chase the goats and cows and bit the tails off a couple of new born calves. Might have trampled a couple of newborn kid goats. We got a German exchange student who used to ride him so we bought a big half Belgian/half walking horse so she could ride with her friends. I never knew mules we so social. He has not been a problem since. He spends all his time with the horse and if they get separated the mule runs the fence braying and such till he finds the horse. If the horse dies first I'll have to buy something else to keep him company I guess.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Online gspren

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1448
  • Age: 65
  • Location: Airville, PA & Fenwick, DE
  • Gender: Male
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2017, 04:38:12 pm »
  For about 20 years we had a donkey and a bunch of goats and for 5-6 years we also had some pigs. When we retired from our regular jobs and wanted to travel we got totally out of livestock but there were some good and bad experiences.
Stihl 041, 044 & 261, JD 2355 4X4 w/fel, JD 620, Yamaha Kodiak 400 & trailer, Kubota 400 RTV,  P&M OWB, 75 acres to play.

Offline Magicman

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 32438
  • Age: 73
  • Location: Brookhaven, MS
  • Gender: Male
  • A "Traveling Man"
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2017, 04:46:23 pm »
I live 45 miles from my property so the only "farm animals" there are strays.  There are no fences, so they can come and go at will.  I am very seldom bothered with strays.
Knothole Sawmill, LLC     '98 Wood-Mizer LT40SuperHydraulic   WM Million BF Club Member   WM Pro Sawyer Network

Never allow your "need" to make money to exceed your "desire" to provide quality service.....The Magicman

Offline sandhills

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4717
  • Age: 43
  • Location: east egde of the hills, Nebraska
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 04:51:52 pm »
Lynn, I can haul you some down if you want 'em  ;)

Offline Magicman

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 32438
  • Age: 73
  • Location: Brookhaven, MS
  • Gender: Male
  • A "Traveling Man"
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 05:17:18 pm »
Thanks, but no thanks.  In the past I have had some very bad experiences with stray horses & cattle.   :-\
Knothole Sawmill, LLC     '98 Wood-Mizer LT40SuperHydraulic   WM Million BF Club Member   WM Pro Sawyer Network

Never allow your "need" to make money to exceed your "desire" to provide quality service.....The Magicman

Offline GAB

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 987
  • Location: Charlotte, VT
  • Gender: Male
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2017, 08:43:56 pm »
The title says Everybody needs a mule.
I do not desire to have one in my life.
If need be, because nobody wants it, I have a 12, a 30-06 and a backhoe.
Gerald
W-M LT40HDD34 w/6' ext & SLR, JD 420, JD 950w/loader and Woods backhoe, V3507 Fransguard winch, Cordwood Saw, 18' flat bed trailer, and other toys.

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3051
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 10:18:04 pm »
GAB,

   Basic sportsman etiquette dictates you never shoot something you aren't going to eat so I assume you are just reminding us you have a backhoe for heavy lifting required in the skinning and butchering process. I understand mountain men and Indians preferred mule meat over beef.

   I still remember in an old Outdoor Life reading where a guy hunting in Arizona came across a city slicker dragging out a dead wild burro he had shot and was proud of his "Mule deer". The writer said he even helped him drag it to his car and said he always wondered how it tasted.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline Kbeitz

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4530
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Millville, Pa.
  • Gender: Male
  • Never enough time...
    • My Hobbies
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2017, 01:24:29 am »
I love my Mule.....

 

 
Collector and builder of many things.
I have a
machine shop
Wood work shop
And a Weld shop
And now a saw mill
and a bunch of new forum friends.

Offline sandhills

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4717
  • Age: 43
  • Location: east egde of the hills, Nebraska
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2017, 03:33:13 am »
WV that's funny, my old woods teacher in high school said when he was a kid working at a filling station how some out of state hunters stopped in talking about how great the quail hunting was in the area and popped the trunk to show the bounty.  He said I didn't have the heart to tell them they had a trunk full of meadow larks, our state bird  :D.

Offline Kbeitz

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4530
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Millville, Pa.
  • Gender: Male
  • Never enough time...
    • My Hobbies
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2017, 07:56:10 am »
When a lot of people go Deer hunting .... They have no idea....

 

 

 

 
Collector and builder of many things.
I have a
machine shop
Wood work shop
And a Weld shop
And now a saw mill
and a bunch of new forum friends.

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3051
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2017, 08:26:29 am »
Sandy,

   Yeah - I remember a tale about a guy poaching quail before season. It was legal in his state to take his dogs out early for toughening. He hid the quail in his hubcaps. Everything was going good till he got stopped by the game warden on the way out. He was cool and everything was going real good till his dog jumped out and pointed the wheel.

    My grandfather, after a lifetime of gator and plume hunting, became one of the early game wardens in Fla (He knew all the illegal hunters as he'd hunted with them all his life) and he said he came across a guy with a bunch of songbirds in his hubcaps which was highly illegal and a very unpleasant experience for dead-eye Dick.

Kbeitz,

   I agree. We used them like that around the bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. I have a young neighbor friend I once asked if he wanted to ride my horse or mule and he said "I don't ride anything with a mind of his own."
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline chevytaHOE5674

  • Forester
  • *
  • Posts: 2672
  • Location: Ontonagon Mi
  • Gender: Male
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2017, 10:18:57 am »
My wife has two horses in with all the cows, people always ask if we use them to work the cattle and what not. I always tell them I like my transportation to start/stop/turn when I tell it to, not when it feels like it. ha

Offline Brian_Weekley

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 612
  • Location: N. Stonington, CT
  • Gender: Male
  • I am Batman!
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2017, 01:38:55 pm »
Agree.  I'd rather have a mule over a horse any day--they are smart and beautiful animals.  When we lived in PA, we used to go to a harvest festival in Shafferstown where they had an informal horse pull.  Inevitably, there were a few draft mule teams that would compete.  They could never pull as much as the big draft horses, but we always rooted for the mules! 


e aho laula

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3051
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2017, 07:17:15 pm »
Brian,

   Are you sure they "couldn't" pull more than the big draft horses or are you sure the just "wouldn't" pull more? The mules I had last summer would look at every log they passed and you could see in their eyes they were thinking about it. I bet the mules figured "Yep, we pull a ton today he'll want us to pull 2 tons next time." As we said before - Mules are smarter than horses.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline Roxie

  • Board Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 4734
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Lincoln University PA
  • Gender: Female
  • I'm your huckleberry
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #16 on: March 09, 2017, 06:58:42 am »
Now we're talking my favorite animal.  I've owned two, and have the smile lines to prove it. 

Here's a picture of my first love, who after every brushing applied a heavy layer of dust to his back. 

 

 

Save a farm today or starve tomorrow.

Offline WV Sawmiller

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 3051
  • Age: 63
  • Location: Hinton WV
  • Gender: Male
    • Green's Sawmill Services
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2017, 08:45:03 am »
Roxie,

   That's Blackjack to a T. He gets fat and shiny and slick looking in the summer but he every time he is clean he wants to go roll in the dust. If its muddy outside and I leave the gate open to the barn he loves to get in the center drive through where it is always dry and he will roll in the dust there.

    I have a young Amish farrier I have to go get every few months to trim his hooves which grow fast. I have never had to trim the horse's hooves. They wear evenly and naturally.

    When I get him in the stall Blackjack keeps his butt pointed at me as if he is ready to kick. He never has kicked and is pretty good during his manicure but his stance looks like a normal defensive maneuver.
Howard Green
WM LT35HDG25(2015) , 2009 4wd Dodge PU, Kawasaki 650 ATV, Sthil 440 & 441, homemade logging arch (w/custom built rear log dolly), JD 750 w/4' wide Bushhog brand FEL

Dad always said "You can shear a sheep a bunch of times but you can only skin him once"

Offline DelawhereJoe

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 512
  • Age: 36
  • Location: delaware
  • Gender: Male
  • Trapped in Delawhere
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2017, 07:25:08 am »
It now looks like everyone should have a mule to protect there live stock.
WD-40, DUCT TAPE, 024, 026, 362c-m, 041, homelite xl, JD 2510

Offline Kbeitz

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 4530
  • Age: 64
  • Location: Millville, Pa.
  • Gender: Male
  • Never enough time...
    • My Hobbies
Re: Everybody needs a mule
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2017, 07:53:09 am »
Everyone should have a mule to protect there live stock.
Everyone should have a goat to eat the brush.
Everyone should have a guinea to guard your property.
Collector and builder of many things.
I have a
machine shop
Wood work shop
And a Weld shop
And now a saw mill
and a bunch of new forum friends.