We just want to tell you how thrilled we are with "Socks!" Cathy and I both enjoy riding him. Each day we go out on the trail he gets better and better. We renamed him "Gizmo." Our experience has been that most mules can be germlins but socks refuses to to be anything but friendly and eager to be part of the family. He is "Gizmo" the good gremlin.
Chris and Cathy
Savanna and Bernie
I just wanted to let you know that Sweet Savanna is the best ride I have ever had (since losing Joey, my beautiful Arabian) Cindi and I went to Union Grove State Park last Saturday, and I cannot remember ever enjoying a ride more than that one! Of course all that was after I spent about half an hour being scared to death... Just very nervous, being out in the wilderness without Tom and Levi. Savanna is so sane and reliable, I could not have found a better match for nervous "Nellie" ole me!!
I had almost resigned myself to giving up my most favorite activity, riding, and just enjoyed my second most favorite activity, Horse and Mule keeping. But that is changed now. Savanna has such a work ethic, she seems dedicated to taking care of us both, and really seems to enjoy getting out of the pasture, and going places. She did not like the ramp trailer at first, and turned around to exit the first time. But once we showed her how to walk up the ramp, and I backed out with her, she got it right away. She is so smooth, even her jog. She just seems to sway, and I don't move in the saddle at all. Wonder why that is. She is not gaited. She walks quietly, and if I ask her she jogs slow or faster, if I ask. She is so well trained, she responds to light leg pressure, neck reins, and direct reins. She stops on "whoa" and backs easily. I am riding her in an O ring snaffel bit, with a sweet iron mouth piece ( used mainly on babies ). This of course is a direct result of the Brad Cameron Mule Clinic we attended. The ride had many hills, some fairly steep ( which caused Bernie to huff and puff ) and two wooden bridge crossings. I don't know how far it was, but we were out for about 2 hours, and it was almost all walking with just a little jogging. Bernie worked up quite a sweat, but Savanna was wet only under her saddle pad. Our friends were patient with us, as we walk kinda slow for Bernie's sake, as he is 26 and has Cushings. Once, when he got too far behind, Savanna stopped and looked back to make sure he was coming. So sweet.The mosquitos were awful, but we had bug spray. All in all it was a great day, and we have been encouraged to come on the next ride. That makes me feel really good, and if the weather is nice, we sure will go!! HAPPY TRAILS ALL! Mikki, Savanna, Cyn and Bernie
Daughter Shelle on Bell
"I bought Bell from Tom Jones..I really like Bell...I ride her with a lite hackamore...I hate bits...too lazy at 66 with arthritis in my back.
She is wonderful...stands perfectly still when I mount her..minds very well...can ride her out alone even if my other mule, Molly is fussing her head off. I feel bad I don't ride her more often...lost my riding pal..need to find a new one. I don't do mountains or elk hunting just wanted a trust worthy trail mule that doesn't go nuts even if the horse or mule that you are riding alongside does...He also guaranteed her for a year...and recently he said he would buy her back...no such luck..."
Babe's Maiden Voyage
These folks have purchased two of our mules in the last two years...
"We went on a morning ride, cuz its supposed to get hot today. Really went good. No problems at all. You can see we got into some beggars lice on her legs and she let me pick it off with no fits.
Our trip home yesterday was good, but it was just as foggy when we got back as when we left.
Ruthie and Babe are getting along good and I see what you mean about easy to catch!! She is a sweetie.
Thanks again for everything. We will keep in touch."
Update on the Jones Mules
"Everyone who sees Babe says how beautiful she is. We tell everyone who we got her from and how pleased we are. I do not think she has done one wrong thing since she has been here.
Tuesday night we had a "trying on" session. I wanted to get her fitted with a britchen to see how she would like that. Well, we tried three different ones on her and she was just very interested in the whole deal but not a bit ornery or pissy. One was too big (the one Levi wears) and one is biothane and it fit ok, but my leather one looked best on her, hugged her butt just right. It looks really good. I just walked her around with it on a bit and no issues so we went for a ride and that seems just fine."
"She is really good with the dogs too. Daisy just lays by her and no stomping or trying to get her, silly dog is just not afraid. Casey, our Saint goes riding with us and sometimes leads and Babe thinks that is ok too.
Last night some of our neighbors silly calves got into the west mule pasture and I was trying to chase them out. You should have seen Babe! She was right on them twisting and turning biting their butts, she would probably be good at team penning! Then she ran over to me as if to say, "Did I do good?"
"We rode the "Jones" mules together Thursday night! She does good with who ever she rides with. The weekend we went to the County park, those trails are pretty narrow and the park was crowded. We had to wait for someone to leave to get a parking spot! Anyway, Babe was very polite and sweet when we met anyone on the trail and had to pass by or move off the trail. She Highlined overnite good and seemed to think camping was fun."
We wormed all the mules over the weekend and she took that good too. She still comes running to us as soon as she sees you in the pasture and just is such a happy sweet girl. We sure do like her! Thanks so much for finding her for us."
Peanut and I at 7IL in a gully. I must say Peanuts is a wonderful Molly mule, she makes me smile every time we are out riding. On December the 28 she will do her first intro endurance ride, what fun this should be. She is sweet and ready for loving on all time. I have put well over 100 miles on her and wait to put more on her. I am 71 yrs and Tom you where right on matching me with this mule.