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PostSubject: Duel Mule Mothers Day Rides Part 1   Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:58 pm

So I'm just getting around to posting this because I don't download the camera very often, I get busy doing other things, and I procrastinate...a lot! Anyway, this is part 1 of the Duel mule mothers day ride with the 4 legged mule variety. Part 2, with the 2 wheeled mule is posted in the adventure section. I didn't want to get anyone mad by posting non-TW in that section even though it was on the same day.
Started off the day waking up and seeing our Fox neighbors eating breakfast...that is our other neighbors prized Polish Chicken. They been looking for the chicken for a couple of day's...we found out what happened! Not gonna share these pictures with them cause I think they will get mad. Per mother's wishes, wife, mother-in-law, and three daughters went into town to eat and watch a movie...so the rest of us when riding.


They're so cute! Eating the neighbors chicken. I hunt, but can't bring myself to hunt these. They have been neighbors for 2 or three years now. Georgie even play's (I think plays) with one of the parents when they arrive for giving birth season. Got pictures of it, but too blurry.

Son #3 on his first mule ride. His mule is the ever so stable (and old as heck) Dolomite (not dynamite).

Rode with #3, father-in-law, and wife's cousin and her son. #3 smiling cause his butt doesn't hurt yet! lol.

Off we go towards the back 40. Back 40 is the BLM we are lucky enough to be adjacent too.

Getting riding instructions during our first break.

More riding.<br>
Break number two.

Georgie pointing at Whistle Pig in old Badger hole. What we call a whistle pig, is a small squirrel like rodent that comes out in our area late winter thru early summer and hibernates the rest of the year. They are all over in our area and on this day we have to avoid the whistle pig hunters (humans). Sounds like a war zone during whistle pig season by our house.

Heading home. Can you see by #3's posture how his butt is doing!

Georgie catching up after chasing whistle pigs.

Final home instructions from the trail boss. I think he's just turning his mule around and had to yield to oncoming traffic. Honest, he's not yelling at anyone!

As we finished the ride I can tell #3's butt is in pain now, no smiling now!

End of part 1 of duel mule mothers day rides.
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PostSubject: Re: Duel Mule Mothers Day Rides Part 1   Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:25 am

You folks sure live in some wide-open country. I really enjoyed your pictures, but not sure I would feel comfortable that high off the ground. Gerry

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PostSubject: Re: Duel Mule Mothers Day Rides Part 1   Sat Jun 12, 2010 7:42 pm

Hi mrgizmow1,

First let me say I think I have read all of your modification post's in this forum and the other with much interest. You also have some wise words of wisdom for others (and me).

The BLM area right out our back door is pretty wide open. We have apporximately 75-100 sq. miles at our disposal for our riding pleasure. We ride both kinds of mules mostly during spring and early summer before the snow melts off in the mountains. I am also lucky enough to be about an hours drive into the mountains in all directions, which is where the majority of my riding is done.

I too wasn't too sure of the whole animal riding thing myself when I started. I got married 4 years ago and my wife's family is in to mules and horses and so I didn't get left behind I ride. Most of our animals are mules and that's what I ride. Only my step daughter rides a smaller horse with all the rest (8) being mules. I have heard all the stories of people getting bucked off and have witnessed my father-in-law get bucked off (a horse he was training) and get broken ribs. I ride with lots of caution and accept willingly all the advise they give me. The only time I was scared sh--less was two years ago we road in the Frank Church Wilderness area up to a lookout. Let me say single track hiking and horse trails are not as wide as a logging road. One portion of the trail had a cliff on one side and needless to say I built up a pretty good sweat. Bad part was we had to come down the same way so it was a double dose for me. So you mentioning being so high off the ground does have its merits. I do it anyway!

I have also ridden the TW up to lookouts and have been pretty scared then, but that didn't compare to some of the horse trails. And I'm a lot lower to the ground. Thanks for your comments. Kris
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