By Donna Campbell Smith
Information about of mules and different equine hybrids equivalent to hinneys and zebra-crosses, in addition to information regarding tips to pick out, breed, and use them.
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An interesting name connected to the mule trade is Jack Daniel, who was known for his hot temper. That temper was his undoing; in a fit of anger because he舗d forgotten the combination to his safe, he hauled off and kicked the safe. Jack Daniel was diabetic, and the foot injury never healed. As his health deteriorated, Daniel, who never married or had children, turned the distillery business over to his nephew Lem Motlow. All went well in the whiskey business for Motlow until Prohibition closed all the distilleries.
Their reputation for stubbornness may explain their popularity in political cartoons. The popular Snuffy Smith Sunday comic drawn by John Rose includes Snuffy舗s mule, Aunt Sukey, in several strips. You don舗t have to think hard to remember some very famous mules. Francis the Talking Mule is probably America舗s most famous mule. Francis starred in seven movies during the early 1950s. The Francis character was an old Army mule whose sidekick was a young soldier named Peter Stirling, played by Donald O舗Connor.
When in a lineup with mules, hinnies can usually only be distinguished by their slightly shorter ears. Other factors account for the discrepancies among mule and hinny populations. One is that we have fewer donkeys in the United States than we do horses. Therefore, one male donkey can be bred to many mares, but when you reverse the formula, a limited number of available jennets exist to breed with a stallion. When a male has more chromosomes than a female, as is the case with stallions and jennets, it is harder for the mare to become pregnant.