A mule saddle is designed to fit the conformation of a mule, the offspring of a female horse (a mare) and a male donkey (a jack).
Because the mare can be of any horse breed, there is a lot of physical variety among mules. Some mules have similar enough conformation to a horse to do fine with a traditional western saddle. Many mules, however, carry more characteristics of their donkey dad and need a saddle designed specifically for their unique conformation. In addition to those beautiful ears, mules typically have shorter, flatter backs and rounder barrels with an hourglass shape. A horse saddle will often slide forward on a mule and not provide enough weight bearing surface. For these mules, a mule saddle is necessary.
Typical features of a mule saddle include:
Mules, always popular as pack animals, are increasing in popularity for riding. When deciding on a saddle, each mule needs to be approached individually to determine the best match.
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