The guy who owned this mule had nothing but praise for mules in general, and you could tell he absolutely adored his. It made me think, maybe I'm doing the wrong thing rushing into getting another mustang, instead of saving up and realizing my dream of having a mule. But I think this horse is the right guy at this point, and maybe he'll make me more ready to be a mule person later in life. Just think how much I've already learned from Tonka, and Scout, and Bella, and all of them. With more mustang experience, I might become a better mule person. Mules and mustangs are similar in a lot of ways.
I also met a very nice thoroughbred. I've decided they're one of my favorite breeds. I don't think I've met one I didn't like. We had a nice Arab, a nice quarter horse, and two nice Icelandics also. I think my daughter would love a stocky little Icelandic. They seem to be very smart though! A smart horse isn't always a good thing. :)
I love my job assisting with equine dentistry. The lady I work with is a dedicated equine dentist, the best in the area (she's also a vet but doesn't do general practice anymore, and was once a farrier). Anyone who goes to the trouble to get her to work on their horse rather than using a regular vet really has their horse's best interests at heart. So pretty much all the horses we see are well loved and healthy, and mostly well behaved. You don't see any neglected animals. It's really nice.
Enlarge to see the Plip-Plop-Puppy:
(Ignore my disgraceful holding of the saddle horn. I was still in a lot of pain from him falling down with me the night before, and I was bracing to avoid any jolting from him stepping on big rocks underwater.)
Love this butt. Miss him so much.
That was our second to last ride together. There are no pictures of our last ride, later that day. We went searching for an errant cow but we didn't find her.
Huckleberry & John & Scout:
Huckleberry has a much more dignified way of swimming, quietly and low in the water, like an otter. But here's a good pic I found of him from a couple years ago. He will cool off on the trail any way he can. Note that he's stretched out on his belly with his legs behind him. :) Makes for a smelly companion in the truck on the way home.