Since the 1840s farmers, ranchers and livestock breeders made the trek to Columbia, Tennessee each year to buy and trade mules on what was known as “Breeders Day.” Mule Days is alive and well in Columbia each April. The annual event features contests, parades, mule driving and festivities galore - all in celebration of mules.
Facts about the Mule
The mule has been valued throughout recorded history by kings, the military and farmers as they are known to possess the best traits of the parent animals, horses and donkeys. A male mule is called a john or a horse mule. A female is called a molly or mare. Mules have been accused of being stubborn, most likely because they are smart. These sure-footed, strong animals are well suited for riding muleback, plowing a field or garden plot, and pulling a wagon. Select-cut loggers have long relied on mules to snake cut logs out of the woods because they can do so without damaging the forest.
Before we give too much away, let’s see how well you know the history of this animal possessing great strength, intelligence and endurance. Take our mule mania quiz.
Mule Mania Quiz
About the photo: The mule pictured above is our mule, Sally. She was a gentle, smart, loyal and good old gal that we surely miss.
Check your answers to see how well you did. 1. jack, 2. Kings- David, Solomon, Ahab; 3. George Washington; 4. King Charles of Spain; 5. the south
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