It’s Nat’l Mule Day

by HORSE FUND STAFF National Mule Day — October 26th — recognizes an intelligent pack animal many mistaken to be stubborn. A mule is a hybrid cross between a male donkey (jack) and a female horse. As a hybrid, the animal inherits characteristics from both parents. The mule possesses the strength, intelligence, patience, perseverance, endurance,… Continue reading It’s Nat’l Mule Day

Kenya bans ‘wanton and unmitigated slaughter’ of donkeys

Eleanor Jones, writing for the Horse & Hound, reports: A ban on slaughtering donkeys in Kenya has been greeted as “tremendous news” by campaigners. The ban was announced on 24 February by agriculture secretary Peter Munya, who had been presented with a petition by Kenyan donkey owners. Kenya had become a hub for the skin trade… Continue reading Kenya bans ‘wanton and unmitigated slaughter’ of donkeys

Chinese demand for drug Ejiao decimating worldwide donkey populations

A customer shops for ejiao, or donkey-hide gelatin, at a pharmacy in Nantong, China. Photograph: Imaginechina Limited/Alamy Stock.

EJIAO (simplified Chinese: 阿胶; traditional Chinese: 阿膠; pinyin: ē jiāo) is an ingredient in a traditional medicine of China made with donkey-hide gelatin or ass-hide glue obtained from the skin of the donkey (equus asinus) by soaking and stewing it. The drug Ejiao is traditionally thought by the Chinese to nourish the blood and enhance… Continue reading Chinese demand for drug Ejiao decimating worldwide donkey populations

The refuge where donkeys can become guardians of livestock

Excerpted from "The Donkey Refuge Where Burros Become Coyote-Kicking Livestock Guardians", by Abbey Perreault, Sept. 25, 2018, Atlas Obscura. The plight of the American donkey is a strange one—the animal has been simultaneously federally protected and completely overlooked. — Mark Meyers DESPITE SEVERAL LARGE removal efforts, “wild” donkeys, or burros, are abundant in the Mojave… Continue reading The refuge where donkeys can become guardians of livestock

Everyone knows Raymond: Last mule living with Outer Banks wild horses

This is some story. "One wild mule found alive among wild horses on Outer Banks". Have you read it? It's from The Charlotte Observer. By Mark Price. July 18, 2018. He staggered off into an island marsh and vanished last winter, leading conservationists to believe the last mule living among North Carolina’s wild coastal mustangs… Continue reading Everyone knows Raymond: Last mule living with Outer Banks wild horses

Donkeys are under threat worldwide

Originally published by Horse & Man. Go there now » By Cat Purdy | July 30, 2017 A donkey holocaust is under way around the world. The carnage began in China and now extends to nearly every continent on Earth. The sought-after ingredient is called donkey hide gelatin, or ejiao (e-gee-ow) in Chinese. Made by… Continue reading Donkeys are under threat worldwide

Why would a king ride a donkey instead of a warhorse?

JERUSALEM — Why would a king ride a donkey instead of a warhorse (Zechariah 9:9-10)? We have been debating the answer to this the past week or so. This is the answer we found most interesting because of its symbolic interpretations. Many have wondered why the king mentioned in Zechariah 9:9-10 would ride a donkey into… Continue reading Why would a king ride a donkey instead of a warhorse?

It’s National Mule Day

Updated 4:04 pm to add dressage video. by VIVIAN It's National Mule Day. Let's pay tribute to this multi-faceted and much used equine. National Mule Day is recognized each year on October 26. A mule is a hybrid cross between a male donkey and a female horse. The mule possesses the strength, intelligence, patience, perseverance,… Continue reading It’s National Mule Day