The Three Muleteers invite you in to their world of long eared ponderings and experiences of everyday life as mules that own humans living in the UK. The gang are Callie the riding mule, The Mini a handsome miniature mule whose small stature belies his huge personality and Ro-Land the honorary long ear who is really a shetland pony. They are joined on their adventures by the humans they own and their conspirator Catanian (aka Diesel the crazy cat).
If you wanna job doing right.... you gotta get a mule to do it!
I have been enthusiastically watching MH this week chopping down some old branches and trees that have gotten a little out of control. I neighbrayed and encouraged him especially when he reached my favourite tree, the ash (yummy). I was delighted when I saw this huge pile of branches all with green leaves and shiny bark, just ready for the tasting.
MH was a bit slow at dragging the bits up to the paddock though.... it involved a hike up the road which has an incline and he said he was too tired to bring me the spoils of his tree surgery....
Hey MH! No worries I said. I'm a mule and I like nothing better than to work. I'll drag those branches up to the paddock for some tasty dining.
OK so I know I've never pulled anything before and it takes a lot of practice to make equines happy to pull stuff safely.... but then this is me.....
Oh and yes we haven't got the right kit.... that's what you think! Remember that old military mule collar with chains attached that FH has from the war? That'll do the job. Just think the last time it was used it might have been one of my long eared friends pulling a gun, at least this is a better use for it.
Yeah yeah so ok we need to practice a bit with the swingle tree and you need to make sure I'm not gonna run away and think I'm getting chased, ok so we should be using blinkers as those things 'trick' me in to thinking there's nothing behind me.... but really? I am a mule you know... and not just any mule.... I am super mule Dragon who is scared of nothing and reporting for duty to drag those logs.
So we'll practice a little first (give me 15 minutes and I've got the idea) .... come on MH get those arms working... I can drag you and the log up the lane if you like? This is a piece of cake! FH is at my head, we're just doing this off my halter, she's dressed me up with my bit and bridle so I know I'm 'working' but is leading me from the rope, I'm such a calm muletta aren't I?
Come on MH, let's get some logs attached and drag those branches up here ready for dinner time. Do you think I look the part as a logging mule? I know I'm not one of those big draft mules but I can move branches that are hard work for you. I know some of my human followers won't believe this but I really do love this stuff. If I have a job I am so very happy, you see us mules love to be useful and I get soooo much praise when I work that my ears nearly touch in the middle with pride.
That's more like it! Let's drag this up the lane. It's nice to be able to play with MH for a change. He is very keen on this logging thing and reckons that he and I can have lots of fun doing this, he is also wondering if I might provide some mule power for him on wheels? Who needs horse power of the wheeled variety when you got mule power? He looks pretty pleased with me, I could get used to this adulation!
Logging mule extraordinaire!
There is only one limitation to this logging thing.... your human's have gotta work too and well... they're not as quick as us mules so there is some waiting around to be done, oh well guess we're not all mules.... I put on my most patient ears while MH messed around with ropes and chains. FH says I was the most patient muletta ever, she reckons I know when I'm 'working' - of course I do! I'm a mule!
Well that was soooo much fun, I'm excited as there is talk of more logging and more dragging and maybe a new harness.... and more mule powered fun! Yippeee I love this work thing....
Especially when I reap the rewards - ash tree for dinner!
Can't wait for my next mule powered adventure! A happy mule is a mule with a purpose!