Mule FAQs:


Q: Is a mule the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse?

A: Yes, Horses and donkeys are different species, with different numbers of chromosomes.

Q: Is a mule valued because?

A: Yes, while it has the size and ground-covering ability of its dam, it is stronger than a horse of similar size and inherits the endurance and disposition of the donkey sire, tending to require less food than a horse of similar size.

Q: Is a mule properly called a horse mule?

A: Yes, though often called a john mule, which is the correct term for a gelded mule.

Q: Are mules used recreationally?

A: Yes, such as to supply mountaineering base camps, and also to supply trail building and maintenance crews, and backcountry footbridge building crews.

Q: Is a mule between about 370 and 460 kg?

A: Yes, While a few mules can carry live weight up to 160 kg , the superiority of the mule becomes apparent in their additional endurance.

Q: Is a mule called a mule colt?

A: Yes, and a young female is called a mule filly.

Q: Are mules more patient?

A: Yes, and hardy and long-lived than horses, and are less obstinate and more intelligent than donkeys.

Q: Is a mule an example of hybrid vigor?

A: Yes.

Q: Are mules still used extensively to transport cargo in rugged roadless regions?

A: Yes, such as the large wilderness areas of California's Sierra Nevada mountains or the Pasayten Wilderness of northern Washington state.