This morning I "was over" at our friends new blog...
She posted a photograph of her and her Mule Polly.
That reminded me of the days when I
first met MJ and T (her husband).
They were vacationing in Austria back in 96 I believe.
I was working on a guest ranch as a trail guide at that time
and they were my first guests from the US.
I've never had any contact to Mules or Mule people before
and when MJ started to tell me about her "Polly ",
and about the fact that Mules are different from horses,
I had a hard time believing that at first.
But thanks to MJ and her Mule and some
other encounters with Mules during our
visits in the US we learned some very valuable facts about Mules.
Here are some photos
(partly made with analog cameras and scanned into the computer)
from those encounters...
1998, Polly and Hasi bonding
Polly was very patient with us... :)
2006 I went to Colorado to become an equine massage therapist,
after about 2 months of education and massaging around 50 horses
Polly was my first "real client".
She was watching and following every move and every touch
and I loved working with her.
2000 I believe..
We got to go on a Mule ride down the Grand Canyon NP
to Plateau Point, a gift from MJ and T.
An unforgettable experience!!!
MJ took us to Bishop, CA to see the annual Bishop Mule Days.
What a trip, what a sight!
This was at Mr. Stentons training stable,
Hasi got to drive one of his Mules!
Here some more impressions from that day in Bishop:
Beautiful Mini Donkey!