When I take the back road to our Groveland home, I drive along a field fence outlining the perimeter of a large pasture. The acreage is grange land for a small herd of longhorn cattle, a pair of sandhill cranes and at least one American kestrel. Lately it has also become home turf for two different kinds of mules.
|Two new members of my rural neighborhood|
But every time I pass them, I can't help but wonder...are the new additions to my neighbor's menagerie really mules or are they something else? Maybe they're donkeys or burros or just a couple of asses?
Since my equine knowledge is sketchy at best, I decided to do some research. Below are the results:
Definition of a mule:
A Mule is the offspring of a male donkey (called a jack) and a female horse (called a mare)
When a female donkey (called a jenny) mates with a male horse (stallion) the offspring is called a Hinny
A Burro is a small donkey - male or female - used as a pack animal
Ass is just another name for a male donkey, hence the word 'Jackass.'
This just goes to prove that (are you ready..?) females are never asses! 😉
|One of my neighbor's livestock is a large shaggy donkey with messy looking corded coat called a Poitou Donkey. I'm not sure what species his other donkey|