Pete the Mule - Portrait of a Mule. Watercolor painting of a close up view of a Mule's soulful eyes and face .
Heart and soul.
I never realized how beautiful a mule can be.
And then I met - Pete the Mule.
One look in to his eyes and I could see a kind and generous soul that had seen some tough days gone by. I've had few friends that were as loving and devoted as him .
Retired now to a loving home and living in the rural countryside on a farm outside of Cooperstown NY up in Otsego County New York .
A Mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
Because they are a crossbreed Mules are sterile and can not be bred.
That is a shame because they generally have such a gentle demeanor.
Mules are often kept on the farm as they can be more preferable to horses for draught work due to the fact that they are stronger and have more endurance.
Mules are what is called " easy keepers " for their owners because they eat less food than a horse - therefore cheaper for the farmer to maintain. A very important consideration to the farmer.
" Stubborn as a mule " is a commonly used phrase , but not one to be familiar to the farmer.
Mules tend to be more patient and even tempered, than you would be lead to believe.
Perhaps they are just smarter to not want to put themselves, nor the farmer in harm's way.
Mules most common coloring is a Bay (brown with black mane and tail or Sorrel (red/rust coloring).
Mules can be mixed with Draught (draft ) horses and are the modern day " Beast of burden ".
This poor lad looks like he carried his share.
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December 2nd, 2012
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