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Dixie’s Adventure


Why Did the Mule Cross the Frence?

By: Katrina

Well, we had just seeded our pasture and put the horses and mule (Dixie) in a smaller yard to give the grass a chance to take hold and grow. I let the horses out of their yards to chew down some long grass in the backyard behind our house (not a pasture). They were all doing a pretty good job of being self powered lawnmowers.

I grabbed one horse’s halter and encouraged them to get closer to the house since there was longer and better grass for them to eat at that location. Well, as soon as I got the horses in the perfect location, Dick fired up one of his cars which spooked one horse and of course got everyone excited. All of a sudden, we had a herd running towards the barn.

There is a pathway between our detached garage and the fenced property line. This is the path the horses were running towards. It’s a narrow pathway and with four horses running through there at the same time, it was crowded. Well, Dixie was pushed towards the property line fence and felt she had no choice but to jump the fence. I watched in disbelief. Dixie landed on the other side, stood there confused and then proceeded to eat grass. What a relief, she didn’t get tangled in the fence or break any bones.

Well, now I had to figure out how to get Dixie back to our property. Dixie is very spoiled and frankly at times gets very stubborn when I lead her on her halter. I called our next door neighbor to tell him about the incident. There was no answer and I left a message.

Finally, I jumped the fence and went over to Dixie. The only way to get her back home was actually to walk her away from our property, all the way across our neighbor’s pasture, down their driveway and on the side of country roads. Well, I told you Dixie is spoiled, as soon as I started walking away from our house, she dug her feet in and refused to walk in that direction. In addition, her mother (Spotted Saddle Horse – Daisy) started to whinny to her. The more her mother screamed, the more stubborn the mule became. I finally got her across the pasture and to the country road. (Note by Dick: Red Heads are more stubborn than Mules!)

The problem with country roads is they are narrow, and have no walking paths. The side of the road has a deep ditch to act as a natural drainage canal. Well, I have not had Dixie out on the roads and frankly was panicked as to how she would respond to approaching cars. Some did approach and with a little bit of comforting, she was fine. I got her home.

Upon further investigation, we noticed Dixie had a nasty cut between her legs and continuing down her belly. It was obvious, she required some stitches.

The vet arrived and I had to watch my spoiled, baby mule be tranquilized, laid down and multiple stitches being placedĀ  down a long gapping cut between her leg and down her belly. After the vet told us a few stories about horses being tangled in fences and their outcome, I was so thankful Dixie merely required stitches. I believe the athleticism of the mule, coupled with their mind, is why this incident was not worse. Dixie is recovering fine and I believe this event has created a greater bond.


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