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|ANNIE – A MIGHTY FINE, GAITED, EXPERIENCE MULE FOR EVERYON|
Missouri Fox Trotter Horse
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A WONDERFUL GAITED MULE IS FOR SALE! LOCATED IN SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, CA, THE HEART OF THE SANTA BARBARA WINE COUNTRY.
ANNIE is a gaited mule about 15 hands high and approximately nine years old. She is a sweet and endearing creature that anyone can ride. Annie is simply gorgeous–bright chestnut with no markings. She’s well-trained and has ample trail and arena experience. She has been ‘coon hunting in Tennessee and to the bottom of the Grand Canyon with her previous owner. She’s familiar with lush Tennessee landscapes and dry California ones.
She gets along well with other horses and is not a dominant animal. She’s got plenty of stamina and can move out in the arena or on the trail. She has a flat-footed walk faster our gaited horses’ gait. We have never put shoes on her, but she’s great having her feet trimmed. She did have shoes when we bought her, so we assume she’s fine being shod. She’s easy to bathe, tie, and do all the other things you do with equines.
We bought Annie from Reese Brothers’ Mules of Gallatin, Tennessee. The Reese Brothers are famous in the mule world. Richard Reese, who is a full partner with the Reese family organization, found her for me. I told him I had ridden a great deal in my life, but was an old lady and with more artificial joints than a ’57 Ford. One good fall and I’d go SPLAT! forever. I needed a safe, surefooted mount for my declining years. (But she’s not just for old ladies or kids!)
He found me Annie. Actually, she had been his personal riding mule for a year and a half. The Reese brothers acquired her from “plain people,” similar to Amish. Richard said they thought her mother had been a Missouri Fox Trotter. Maybe so; she has a good short back and great depth through the heart. So, Annie found her way to California, where she has charmed everyone who sees her. My neighbor told me, “I saw her when the shipper dropped her off. I had never seen such a beautiful animal in my life–of any kind.”
We used to be a Peruvian Paso ranch. Our trainers train Peruvian horses primarily, so you’ll see Annie in Peruvian tack, which to my mind is the most comfortable in the world. She does just fine in Western tack; it's what she wore before we got her.
When we bought her, she mostly trotted, with a little gait step once in a while. Our trainers picked up her natural inclination and have her gaiting consistently. She gaits when asked to move out now. She is the smoothest animal we’ve got, as smooth as a Peruvian Paso in gait. That's saying something: we bred Peruvian Pasos for 20 years. They are the smoothest riding horses we've come across.
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