Hello fellow horse lovers, I would like to ask those that own –and ride Mules, some questions. I have ridden and worked with only horses for several years and feel I am ready to move on to my next project, whether it be a horse or other equine. I took my time to put these questions together, so if it takes you a while to respond I won’t mind. Please also, don’t feel rushed. Better a well-informed reply than a hasty one. More often than not, I prefer to have as much information as possible, before I make a decision, therefore have put in as much research as possible as I could without actually having access to a Mule. I don’t mind learning, but would like to know what to expect at least and am now asking experienced Mules owners for advice and further information that I otherwise cannot obtain from the internet. Although there are further questions I would like to ask I will not, however, question their ability and athleticism because I have seen what they are capable of. From your experience: 1. What is the temperament –disposition of a Mule in general? 2. What is the best horse breed and donkey cross for a Mule to be a hard-worker, yet friendly, well-mannered, docile and calm under pressure? 3. Which breed crosses would provide a Mule with hardy and easy to care for hooves that WON’T require shoes? I’ve heard Arabians are a good option –is this true? 4. Are Mules really more prone to kicking and biting than horses, or is that just a spoof legend someone came up with? One lady mentioned that they don’t kick more than horses do, but are more accurate. What are your thoughts? 5. Do Mules ever suffer from separation anxiety like some horses do, or are they fine being ridden out all on their own with only a dog for added company? This is a must-know for me because I do deal with horses who are sometimes anxious and often it becomes an unpleasant ride. 6. Is it possible to ride Mules bareback? 7. How do Mules respond to pressure and release as compared to horses? Is it the same? Is it different? Do they respond better? How responsive are they in general? 8. When buying tack, what suits Mules better? Is there something specific I need to be looking for? Would stock saddles work, because that is what I prefer? 9. What age is a good age to buy a Mule that is experienced, but has room for further learning/training. I am happy to go as young as twelve years of age from my experience with horses and depending on the animal, would go as young as ten. But specifically for Mules, I would like an experienced suggestion. 10. How comfortable of a mount is a Mule? Is it bumpy like Donkeys or smoother like horses? 11. Are they good with beginners and amateur riders? I would like to know if it would be possible to use them for the purpose of schooling. 12. What is your experience with a Mule’s fight or flight response –how bomb-proof are they? I’ve heard they just stand and stare thinking about it. What would you say? 13. Are they fine around motorbikes and other noisy machinery? 14. How do they deal with other equines? Are they submissive or dominant? 15. Are they good with floating and other confined spaces that may require them to stand still for a length of time? 16. How are they with farriers? 17. Are there any health issues common to Mules that might not be common to horses? For instance are they prone to arthritis or unsound joints? How do they cope with things like colic –is it common like it is in horses? 18. Are they prone to injuries? If so, which ones are these I should look out for? At the moment, these are all the questions I can think of asking. There may be more that come along the way, but for now, these should give me quite a lot of insight. If there is anything you want to add, that I may not have asked about, please feel free to do so as I am happy to receive any information I can get my hands on right now. Thank you kindly and in advance for all the information. Have a lovely day!