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Latana Jan and her Diamond LiL mule

Dec 10 2014

 

 

 

Greetings Dr. Jim!

 Last I heard from you, there were some serious health issues in your family.  Someone just asked me where I got my mule because they want one just like her, so I went to your website.  VERY glad to see that you're back in business!!!!

 My mule, now called Diamond Lil, or "Lilly", will be 13 this spring.  From what everyone says, this is a perfect age for a mule but honestly, I can't imagine her being any MORE perfect!!  I just did a gymkhana with her, hosted by my local mule and donkey club....first time doing ANYTHING like that for not only Lilly, but for ME!!!  I was smart....didn't do any "games" where the arena had other animals in it.  Lilly is afraid of chaos....she doesn't bolt, she just tries to duck out of the way.  Can't blame her.  Anyway, we did 4 events and got 3 ribbons!!!  But the best part?  EVERYONE there, horse riders and mule riders, just kept going on and on about how stunning and elegant Lilly is!!!

 

 

 

 I do lots of trips with her...she's SO easy to deal with!  She's superb about loading in ANY trailer, even a big stock trailer with horses in it!  She is sociable....I can turn her in with horses she's never met, and there is no drama.  She just quietly walks away when approached!

 

 

We've had 3 negative experiences since I bought her in 2009.  If I was YOUNGER, the outcomes would have been different I think!  Well, actually one was an equipment failure on a saddle one year old.  Anyway, from all the stuff I read on mule groups, Lilly is a rare one in that she's dependable, rugged, eager to please, and extremely affectionate...TO ME.  She's kind of a "one woman mule", which is fine.  

 Hope all goes well with all of you at Rancho Santiago.  Molly Bryan says hi!  Imagine my surprise, way out here in NM, to know that she knows you!!

Lilly showing off her SPECTACULAR coat!  She only gets grass hay, NO supplements....but she has the most glossy and SOFT coat I've ever seen or felt.  Of course, her WINTER coat is another story.  Still soft, but here where there is no humidity she's one giant DUSTBALL!  I clip her neck and head....and by the way?  She LOVES the clippers, no joke!  Her head goes down, her eyes close....she just zones out with the attention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm regards,

Latana Jan B

Northern New Mexico 

Lilly at the gymkhana:

 

 

 

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Cucumber Mule exceptional mule!

Sep 3 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9-3-14

 Linda, 

Wonderful sharing…. thank you so much for telling us about your adventures with The "CuCumber"... what a talented character.... you two make a great team. 

 Happy Safe Trails, 

 Jim 

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Took Mr. CuCumber camping last weekend. First time out for almost 3 mos. We had a small discussion about who was driving but all in all it was a great trip. We camp at a camp ground that is designed for equine riders only. A mule always seems to capture attention no matter where he goes. CuCumber being the ham that he is draws a crowd. We walked our animals to water 4-5 times per day. On the way were some logs, 3 ft retaining walls and embankments. As we were leading them along on long leads, I would point to one of those and say "CuCumber get up there". Well he'd just hop up on the ledge and continue walking with me. I'd tell to get down, or get over and he would just do it. No hesitation. One little girl in the camp ground wanted to know what kind of a horse he was and did he know any other tricks. I told her he gave kisses so she asked him for one, he looked at her for a second then reached over her head and kissed me instead. We had a good laugh over that, I told her I guess his momma taught him not to kiss strangers. I think this mule missed his calling. He should be in a circus. I need to learn more tricks so I can keep up with the clown. Hope all is well. Take care.

 

 

 

Welcome home and back in the saddle Colonel Craig

Jun 2 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 June 2, 2014

Hi Craig,

I thought of you several times in the last week and was wondering why we had not heard from you.  We were relieved to hear that you had been overseas for 2.5 years and you are back home & doing well. 

Willie is an amazing fine mule. We are glad he is under your saddle and in your care.  

We so enjoyed our visits and challenging ride in the steep canyons.

We look forward to the new pictures and getting together again. 

Laugh and be well.

Your friends, 

 Jim Gamble 

Mike Dillard

 

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Dr. Jim,

Gotta tell you that Willie is doing great. (Bought him from you in late

2008.)  I was overseas for 2.5 years and a little worried about getting

back on him. After some ground work, saddling, and walking him around,

mounted up in a corral and got the "dust" off his discipline.  Road him out

and he is back to the Willie I bought.  His training is solid and I hope to

get him into the jumping a log obstacle in the next week or so. You do

great work with your mules.  The interest in him is great here in PA.  Few

people ride mules here but those that do are hooked.  Hope our paths cross

again in the near future and also hope you and Mike are doing great.

Would love to ride those canyons again with you and Mike.

Be well, Craig

Will send you new pictures soon.

 

 

News from our friend in Germany about his Rancho Santiago mule and mare

Apr 7 2014

Painted Apache Dancer along with her mare were bought by Manfred & shipped to Germany.  We are proud to have this fine mule and mare in Manfred's care....

GOOD JOB, MANFRED AND CREW. 

 

 

Apache's registered paint mare momma recently turned 20 and the barn was decorated for the birthday  party.  

 

Hello Jim,

thank you for your answer about shoeing and trimming a mules hoof, that helps me a lot.


I will give the info to my black smith.


Attached are 2 pictures. Dancer under the saddle and a picture of Dancer and Silver at her 20th birthday. The kids at the stable celebrated a little birthday party for her.

Thank you and best regards,

Manfred

 

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