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11 Thursday, May 29, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gaze/te Mule owners and admirers don't use a lot of fancy adjec- tives when talking about their animals. They might not call their mules marvelous, but when they describe mules the listener knows mules are. About the only thing that upsets mule folks is m have their special animal called a horse. II I |1 III I $ NEW $ $ Discount Shoe Store Bloomingdeals Now offering a complete line of new quality discount ShOeS Come see us at our new location..421 S, Frontage Rd, I We have men's,women's and I children's work, dress and l casual shoes in all sizes | and styles I Hours- Mort - Sat 9a.m. - 7p.m. 1 Sun.- 11-a.m.-4p.m. You might argue that if you call the mule a horse, you're half right since the mule is the product of a donkey and a horse. The jack (breeding male donkey) and the mare horse produce an animal that is neither donkey or horse. The mule inherits some of the best traits of each to make a truly unique equine. The mule gets its long ears, high intelligence, great endurance, sure-footedness, ability to endure extremes of heat and cold, smooth gaits, strength, keen sense of self- preservation and distinctive bray from the jack. The height, body conformation and disposition are strongly influenced by the mare. The pairing creates an animal prized for its intelligence, versatility and kindness. Historically the mule has been a "beast of burden." In ancient Israel and Greece, the mule was used to turn wheels and tread endless belts to provide a source of power for human use. He has continuously served man by transporting people and materials. He pulls wagons and carries loads on his back. He was, and in some areas still is, a valuable farm animal pulling plows and other farm equipment. George Washington established the breeding program that developed the American mule beginning with an excep- tional Andalusian jack and jennet (female donkey) that ar- rived at Mt. Vernon, Va. on October 26, 1785. The pair, a gift from King Charles III of Spain, had exceptional value since Spain forbade exportation of its prize donkey stock. Wash- ington then acquired two jennets and a jack from Maim. Top quality mules were bred from these foundation jacks and started America's ascent to become the top producer of quality mules and donkeys in the world. Transporting heavy loads is only one facet of this versa- tile animal' s talents. His sure-footed and smooth-gaited char- acteristics make him an excellent saddle mount. He can traverse narrow, rocky trails more comfortably and safely than a horse. His innate sense of self-preservation prevents him from taking the frenzied step that could catapult him and his rider over a cliff or put them in other life-threatening danger. The impressive range of the mule's abilities was on display last weekend at the 28th annual Mule Days celebra- tion held each Memorial Day weekend in Bishop, Calif. The population of the small town swells from 4,000 to 40,000 as mule aficionados Jan McDonald M.D. | Dermatology Clinic of Nevada, Ltd. Harvard Medical School & M(yo Clinic Trained at Pahrump Medical Center 1501 E. Calvada Call: 727.6060 Summit Family Healfh Care 1151S. Hwy 160 Pahrump Station Call: 727-5509 Forlnsurance/Billing Questions Call 1-800- 752-4338 • Diseases of Skin • Discoloration • Diseases of Hair • Psoriasis • Skin Cancer • Cosmetic Laser • Acne Surgery • Spider Veins • •Chemical Peels • Wrinkles ' • Hair Restoration • Skin Surgery • Nail Disorders • Moles • Eczema • ":"..::::::.::::...::.." _.  ! ':::':':,'::::::11 *::.'.'::.,'.::..'.ii. " ": :.,. :,,,...," • .:: arrive from all over the country for this "premiere showcase" of the mule. Spectators line the streets to watch the parade, with 165 entries, billed as the largest non-motorized parade in the world. Dignitaries ride in vintage, mule-drawn carriages followed by professional packers with their strings of smartly outfitted mules. Mules parade proudly, carrying cowboys, children and costumed characters. There are mules of every size and color. The diversity of the mule dictates its myriad uses. The animal varies in size depending on its breeding. The large draft mule is bred from a mammoth jack and a draft horse mare. The lighter saddle mule is the product of a standard or mammoth m/fie crossed with any of the light horse breeds. The miniature mule is bred from miniature Mediterranean jacks crossed with a Shetland pony or miniature mares. These general categories are further broken down by the specific type of horse. For example, a mammoth mule and a Thoroughbred mare may produce a mule used for racing or jumping. A Quarter Horse mare will probably be used to obtain a mule used for cutting, reining and barrel racing. A Tennessee Walker may be the mare of choice to produce a pleasure riding mule. Mule Days has events that determine "World Champion Mules" in 23 events including English Performance, Western Performance, Running Mule, Pack Teams, Champion Team- ster, large and small teams, Gymkhana Mule and many, many more. Four days, Thursday through Sunday, are packed with mule competitions in over 150 categories in an attempt to cover the wide range of mules and their talents. Former "horse people" are happy to share tales of their conversion to "mule people." Many like mules, horses and donkeys. Some are still deciding• All scoffat stories that have led to the similes "stubborn as a mule" and "kicks like a mule." This, they say, is the result of the mule being smarter than his handler. One thing not to be denied is the beauty, ability and personality that characterizes these magnificent mules. The owners might not describe the mule as magnificent, but it doesn't seem overdone for an animal that can pull a wagon, win first place in a Western riding class and carry his rider on a week long pack/hunting trip in the high mountains. For more mule information contact The American Don- key and Mule Society (ADMS), 2901 N. Elm St., Denton, Texas. Phone: (817) 382-6845. ROCK& 727-1490 Decorative Colored Rock Professional L00dscape. Design & Placement Rockscapes • Desert scapes• Tropical Designs Lawns • Gardens • Spr/n/drs • Drip systems Planters • ll/uerbca/s • Waterfa/Ls • lountalns Ponds • Pat/os • Concrete Curb/rig • Decks ' Wal/cways • Accent//ght/ng • Brick Commerial or itestdeatlal SAVJ MONEY • DO IT YOUIISELF 1! OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK n Rachel Court. East of Vieki Ann, South of Manse