Donkey, Ass, Burro, Mule, What They All Mean
Quick Reference of Terms from http://tbnranch.com/2012/01/13/donk...ey-all-mean/
Jack + mare = mule
Stallion + jennet = hinny
Jack + mule = jule, or donkule
Stallion + mule = hule
Male mule = horse mule, or john mule
Female mule = mare mule, or molly
A hinny resembles a horse more than an ass. It looks more like a horse with long ears.
The mule is a cross between a male donkey [jack] and a female horse [mare].
The hinny is also called a mule, but is crossed between a male horse [stallion] and a female donkey [jenny, or jennet].
The Difference between Mules and Hinnies
The feet [hooves] of a hinny are more like a donkey, narrow and more upright, and the mule's hooves are more horse-like. However, a bit more angle than the donkey hoof but not as round and angled as the horse. Both mules and hinnies should be trimmed more upright and the heels left longer than a horse.
Both mule and hinnies have more endurance than the horse, more resistance to disease, and have much stronger hooves. They require less feed, and are less likely to be startled or spooked. The horse has a flight reflex when startled and the donkey is more likely to freeze and evaluate the situation.
Mules and hinnies are often mistaken as stubborn; however their self-preservation is what in fact keeps them safe. Mules and donkeys may also have flight reflexes; it just depends on the specific animal and the situation.
From the donkey a mule inherits intelligence, endurance, quite extraordinary strength, and patience. His speed and beauty is from the horse.
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