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Date Posted: 17:01:38 10/15/03 Wed
Author: Melinda Birt-Southside Longears
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Subject: Re: Mules -breeding info-big ugly heads?
In reply to: Sue 's message, "Mules -breeding info-big ugly heads?" on 20:03:18 01/08/03 Wed

You need to look at the offspring of each individual.We had a 2 time World Champion Halter Jack who stood 13.3 &3/4" hh. His foals were always 2 to 6 inches taller than the mare. I have also seen large Mammoth jacks that produced mules the same size or smaller than the mare. We feel the ideal size for saddle mules is 13.2hh to 14.2hh. It is much easier to find jacks of that size with good conformation. I have only seen a very few jacks larger than that that I would breed my mare to. Look at the jacks head and his offspring. You want the most refinement possible. Do not breed to a jack that has heavy bone over it's eye, this usually passes on to the mule. It makes them look onrey and the ones I have delt with WERE onrey. One bloodline to look for that makes nice heads is Black Bart. If you have seen the Breyer model of Maynard's Miss Sheba look at the picture of her not the model itself. The model was a resin made of an anglo Arab mule not Sheba herself so it does not really look like her. She has a pretty nice head and is a granddaughter of Black Bart. Her sire was Dry Gulch Maynard, Bart's son, we bred Miss Sheba, she was born in Idaho, not Arkansas as many think. Maynard was 14.1 1/2". Sheba was 4" taller than her mom.

Good Luck!

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