A mule saddle is made to accommodate the conformation of a mule, a female horse’s foal (a mare), and a male donkey (a jack).
Mules have a wide range of physical characteristics because the mare can be of any horse breed. Some mules have enough horse-like shape to ride in a typical western saddle. Many mules, on the other hand, have more donkey-like features and require a saddle created expressly for them. Mules have shorter, flatter backs and fuller barrels with an hourglass profile, in addition to those lovely ears. On a mule, a horse saddle will commonly slip forward and provide insufficient weight bearing surface. A mule saddle is required for these mules.
Features Of Mule Saddles
A mule saddle has the following characteristics:
- Mule bars on a saddle tree.
- Mule bars are shorter and have less rock (curvature) to better follow the mule’s back and give a suitable weight bearing surface.
- To complement the mule’s shorter back, shorter saddle skirts are worn.
- To properly secure the saddle, the flank cinch is double rigged as tight as the front cinch.
- The 7/8 rigging position is typically the best match for the mule’s circular barrel.
- The cinch can slide forward if you lean back further.
- A crupper or breeching is added to keep the saddle from slipping forward.
- To keep the saddle in position, all cinches were tightened.
Mules, which have long been popular as pack animals, are becoming more popular as riding animals. Each mule must be approached individually when choosing a saddle to provide the greatest fit.