A lot of people mix the terms a mule and a horse, as these are similar but in fact largely different. They do in fact, share some common attributes and characteristics, but as the society is not interested enough in this, the terms are often mixed and confused. We will use this article to explain some key differences, as well the origins of this animal.
The common differences
It is an offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, literally. The fact is that these cannot reproduce due to the odd number of chromosomes, so the breeding is performed manually, to say like that. While the horse is pretty much a social animal, the mules are not by their nature, however, with the proper care and management, they can become even more socialized than horses and donkeys. The main difference that is spotted at first is the length of ears, where horses have shorter and the mules longer ears.
The one thing that follows mules more than horses and donkeys together is their stubbornness. Horses are not that stubborn as these are, but the donkey are. So when you cross these, you get the animal that can become so stubborn that can drive you crazy. The reason for this is lack of acceptance and confidence since these are way harder achieved with mules than with horses and donkeys. Once you establish good confidence and trust with this animal, you will be amazed how affectionate and cool they can become.
The common size of the mule
Another difference is in sizes. The mules are way smaller than horses, but usually larger than donkeys, except for some cases. They are usually around 50” in height, making them ideal for children to learn to ride. When speaking of the muscular structure, the structure and posture of the mules are way more similar to horses. Donkeys are usually small and less muscular than these, so it is easy to differentiate them. However, there are some cases when a mule gets really strong and muscular, so people may switch it for a horse.