All about mule shoes

Did Ya find the rest of the mule in there too?


Good morning Jim .

Anytime a log comes from around a house or barn one can expect to find metal and history of it’s growth while sawing. :confounded:

Glad to see there are other old farts on the DOW than knows the difference between a horse shoe and mule shoe :slightly_smiling:


OK somebody has to bite hook line and sinker.
Been thrown off more than one horse never been around mules are their hooves that much different or the shoes heavier because the mule works harder


Horse shoes are kinda round, mule shoes are longer and narrower, completely different shape. Maybe some one will post pictures.




Can you tell me the difference in a mule shoe vs a hinny shoe :wink:


First you have to tell me what’s a hinny… :wink:

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Sorry about straying so far of topic :confounded:

Male donkey + female horse = mule
Male horse + female donkey = hinny


Hey, no problem, we have a whole section for that.

So then… I give up. What’s the difference? :grin:


So it looks like what everybody uses for a game of “horseshoes” are actually muleshoes?

Hey Chris .

Not any difference in the shape of the shoe but usually a little smaller .

I’m not sure I could tell the difference in a hinny and a small mule. The old timers around here claim that a hinny’s hair divide or part on their flank will part in the opposite direction from a mule . ( like the way your hair will part on the top of your head . It parts in a particular direction )

There is an old mining town a few miles from me and the old timers said they would use hinnys for pulling the mining carts because the roof were so low and the hinnys were just a little taller than Shetland ponies.


It also explains why Dad and Grandpa always told me to get my hinny in the house, truck or wherever


That’s a real piece of history you have there fellows, absolutely.Now days they like working with 100 feet at a time,and 6 feet under in debt.

Trail rides are pretty poplar around here ,I have been out and come across a horse trail and I would make a statement. Looks like a couple of mules come down the trail this Morning…The ones that were with me would give me a odd look like I was trying to be a wise guy or something. but I guess they didn’t wont to look dumb so they never ask how I knew it was mules.

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Hello Kevin

If you like history below is a link to a spot 10-12 miles north of me. My Grandma would tell stories about hiding horses and mules here during the war.

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Good morning Wayne K That horse pens 40 park in steele ,al looks like one not too miss for me, if i get the better transit together, i would like too visit that park,and stop over too see Wayne Keith camp.That park don’t look too far from springville, AL area. Are the mountain part of the park,or are the mountains farther too the north.Thanks

This is not about mule shoes, but when sawing old timber it was common to saw into telephone insulators, when the first telephones came in they would just nail the insulators to trees instead of putting up poles.

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Hi Jim G, That sounds about like they are doing over in liberia ,africa.I know i am getting off subject so back too horse shoes,why or how are they horse shoes,i know a horse aint going too walk around on horse shoes unless there feet were as big as horse shoes, wait a minute i google’d horse with shoes,and i gess they screwed them too there hoof, gess i am not a farmer or horseman, we are never too old too learn.I barely know what horse power is except it seems too put out more power with 11 too one than the 9 too one compression pistons.SWEM My grandma had some horses for a few years,when i was about 8 or 9 years old,we got on the horse and it went fast and hard too control,caint remember what kind of horse,she had a white stallion at one time.

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We all have Hinny’s. Some big, Some small, but all of them are behind us.


Great article. I have to say tho, being a northerner I have never heard anyone call it “the war of northern aggression” LOL! Very interesting. Just think, 160 years ago we were a country at war with one another… Think of this happening now days and then think about how it must have been to be around during that time.