Updated: Feb 16, 2021
What is a mule?
A mule is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse or pony.
Horses and donkeys have different numbers of chromosomes, horses have 64 and donkeys have 62. So you guessed it, mules have 63 chromosomes, just liked you learned in science class, you need an even number of chromosomes to reproduce. So no babies for mules. Some common characteristics of mules are; hardy hooves, long wiry muscles, short mane, distinct bray ( which is absolutely adorable), thick skin, and long ears.
Our mule at the farm is named Beezy Boo. She is extremely smart and watches over her herd closely. You can catch Beezy Boo moseying around the farm, going from barn to barn and paddock to paddock. Beezy enjoys greeting us every morning with her cute bray and follows us until she receives her breakfast. She is our watchdog, she keeps out coyotes, checks on her pasture mates, (sometimes stealing their breakfast or dinner) and lets us know when someone is visiting. Beezy is mischievous and playful, she relishes rolling in a freshly bedded stall, joining horse lessons, helping out in the feed room, tries to contribute to tacking up, and her favorite ---sneaking up on you from out of nowhere. Her favorite spot for you to brush is her back side, so if she backs up to you she would like a butt rub OR she doesn't appreciate you and is going to kick...just joking she has not kicked anybody...yet.