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Take Your Time while Mule Shopping
by Betsy Hutchins

Buying the right animal takes time—time to look at several mules and time to try out each animal more than once. If possible, take the mule on a trial basis.

Don't let yourself be rushed. If the seller claims to have several buyers for that mule, maybe it's true or maybe the seller is using a common sales technique to rush you. Even if you are absolutely positive the mule is perfect for your needs, take your time. Another buyer may not materialize, but if one does back off and go look for another mule.

A healthy mule will live a long time and be your companion for many years. Your peace of mind and bodily health are worth taking time to find the right mule. Don't make the mistake of buying the first animal you like because you want one so badly your enthusiasm runs away with you. If the first one seems perfect, take time to make sure. Like "new car-itis," "new mule-itis" can get a buyer into trouble.


Betsy Hutchins is co-founder of the American Donkey and Mule Society. This article appeared in the Summer 2000 issue of Rural Heritage.

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