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  1. #1
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    Default Saving an old half blind mule....teeth experts?

    So been watching this guy on a site and he would get home offers and fall through. His bail of 100.00 was paid but he didn't have a home. We all know that 100.00 is VERY at risk of shipping. So I did it. I applied to bring him home. Will quarantine him, fatten him up and then who knows. They say he's smooth mouthed and blind in his right eye. Talked to someone who saw him run through New Holland and said he was scared and an A**hat jumped on him bareback and he didn't offer to do anything naughty. Some friends are starting to contribute to getting him shipped to me and I almost have enough. Hubby said I canNOT put money into him, but we are almost there.

    So thinking of names for him....so far thinking of Jordyn (as we decided to get him on the 10th birthday of my angel daughter Jordan) or Gus. But I had a landlord named Gus, so not sure.

    How old do you think he is?
    http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e.../Muleteeth.jpg

    Here is his photo for adoption:
    http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e...lucas/Mule.jpg

    Here is his picture for "going home/safe" I swear he's smiling!
    http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e...s/Mulehead.jpg

    Can't wait to get him home!
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    I'm far from an expert, and it's hard to tell from pictures, but 15-20 seems appropriate, probably mid-late teens. Cute little guy!
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    Oh that is so great of you to save the guy. He's cute.

    Maybe some of the mule owners on coth have some good names? Otherwise, l google Greek mythology and Roman mythology and pick a good name from there. Or Shakespeare, some of his characters might be fitting. (Just don't pick a tragic figure form mythology or Shakespeare. He needs a good happy name.)



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    Agree, 20s or so - the Galvayne's Groove has retreated on that last incisor, so at least 15ish.

    "Smooth-mouthed"
    Can't see if the cups are totally gone, but looks like he has some bite left to me - but then, I'm no equine dentist.

    He has a sweet face.
    Hope he ends up with you Aspenlucas!
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    He is ADORABLE>> Agree that he has a sweet face. I am a sucker for the ears.

    good for you for stepping up to save the guy. I am sure he will return the favor in spades.



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    I think you should call him Dobby. Just because Dobby was a noble house elf.

    And say hello to Shelby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cornersfarm View Post
    I think you should call him Dobby. Just because Dobby was a noble house elf.

    And say hello to Shelby.
    Shelby is doing great! He loves his herd mates... squeals at them when it's time to eat hay, but he's up in the pecking order. Which is good because then I know he's getting as much to eat as he needs. Girls already bought him a snazzy new navy with gold trim blanket, new bridle with hackamore, new halter, etc!
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    I would guess, looking at the face in addition to the teeth, the lower end of the 15-20 range (if it's upper range, it's well-cared-for upper.)

    I dunno, I kind of like Gus. Gus is a good mule name.



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    I'd put him at 18, give or take a few.

    He is adorable. I own a 21 year old mule and he is the most wonderful, intelligent fellow. He is like a person. Good on you for giving this guy a second chance!



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    Augustus McCrae, after Robert Duvall's character in Lonesome Dove. Then you can call him Gus, plus he'll have a real name, like Fenway Bartholomule.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BabyGreen View Post
    Augustus McCrae, after Robert Duvall's character in Lonesome Dove. Then you can call him Gus, plus he'll have a real name, like Fenway Bartholomule.
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    Festus...but that was the guy on the Mule.

    Leonidas Langohr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Watermark Farm View Post
    I'd put him at 18, give or take a few....!
    I agree with this.
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    He's adorable!!!!! {{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}} to you for saving him!!!!!!!!!!!



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    Congrats on saving this guy. I'm jealous that you will have a set of long ears to greet you every morning! I ride a lot with a friend who has a terrific and talented mule.



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    He ended up coming Wed night at midnight! It was a change of plans but I'm glad he's home. He's in quarantine and he's cuter and not as skinny as I had thought. He needs groceries, but he's not super thin. I think he has some sight in the right eye. Not good, but some. He picks up all four feet and can be touched anywhere. He's sweet and loves to be kissed and his head held and ears rubbed.

    Found out last night he CRIBS. Ugh I said I'd never own a cribber. Got a strap for him from work, ordered fleeces. I think he'll be ok.

    I secretly hope he's a bang up riding mule......then he can help with lessons and I won't have to rehome him later. I think hubby is sort of falling for him. We've named him Calvin. We already own a rescued donkey so we are huge fans of the ears already!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alagirl View Post
    Festus...but that was the guy on the Mule.

    Leonidas Langohr.
    Maybe I am out of the loop but who the heck is Leonidas Langhor? I have to go with the Augustus McRae name except that Robert Duvall might not like being having his most famous moniker pinned on a mule, then again, maybe he would, he does love and own a bunch of horses.

    Boo hoo, Norton blocks that photobucket as Malicious Malware. Phooey. I will have to tell my hubby that someone named a mule after him. I can hardly wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aspenlucas View Post
    Found out last night he CRIBS. Ugh I said I'd never own a cribber. Got a strap for him from work, ordered fleeces. I think he'll be ok.
    The picture you posted of his teeth:
    http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e.../Muleteeth.jpg

    It doesn't appear to me that he is a regular cribber from that picture. Something might be going on? He's been through a lot in a short time and you might want to have him checked for ulcers. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whoanellie View Post
    The picture you posted of his teeth:
    http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/e.../Muleteeth.jpg

    It doesn't appear to me that he is a regular cribber from that picture. Something might be going on? He's been through a lot in a short time and you might want to have him checked for ulcers. Just a thought.
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    True on not much wear, but we just adopted a 23 year old QH that has been cribbing his whole life and his teeth look the same. He cribs like he knows what he's doing and not just trying it, but I was thinking it may be the stress of the whole thing. I don't have the money to scope an old mule, but I can put him on ranitidine for a while.

    I used to think most cribbers had worn teeth until we met TJ and he proved you can be an avid cribber and not show the wear that is normally seen.
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