What is a Mule?
A mule is the hybrid that results from mating a female horse (mare) with a male donkey (jack). The horse's breed is used to designate the mule's breed; a Belgian mule, for example, has a Belgian mare for its dam. The mare may be any breed, and may be mated to a jack of appropriate size: Miniature Mediterranean (Sicilian) Donkey, Standard Donkey, Mammoth Jack, or Spotted Ass. A mule inherits its size and strength from the horse, and its surefootedness and supreme sense of self-preservation from the donkey. Only rarely does a female, or molly, mule give birth, as most mules are sterile. The five common classes of mule are named according to the ways mules are used:
|American Cream||Belgian, sorrel||Belgian & Percheron|
|Percheron, bay||Percheron, white||Shire, black|
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