Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Our Winterhaven Mules...    

To all of those people who are sad to see the mules go, we agree.  Many people are wondering about the mules and what will become of them?   Our mules have done an amazing job for us, and for you.  We are proud of them.  Each one has their own personality and story of how they came to us.  Each one is an individual.  Each one is silly and comical.   Just like us, they are all unique and special in their own way.  We love them.  Because of this outpouring of concern for our amazing mules, we want to assure everyone that the mules are fine.  Of course, they are wondering why they aren't preparing for their big event.  They are wondering why they aren't driving every day.  They are wondering why they are not getting their borium shoes on.  Because of how we feel about our mules, how proud we are of them and their excellent track record working in Winterhaven, we too are wondering what this change will hold.  We feel the same way you guys have expressed at this loss.  We are devastated. However, we are responsible for the well being of each and every one of our mules.    Looking after their safety by making this difficult decision, we believe, is the best thing we can do for them.  They do not deserve to be put into the environment that Winterhaven has grown into.  They have worked too hard to be set up for failure.    Please understand that our concern is not just for the people visiting this event, but is also for the best interest of our mules.  Our training motto has been "Give your mule a life".  You can see it in our reds saddle mules website and our advertising over the course of the last 15 years.   This has been what we have stood by in training mules.  This is what we need to continue to consider as the people responsible for giving our herd a life.  We take this concern seriously.  That is why we agree with the devastating decision to change our power from mules to mechanized.  Sad? Yes...  But your support is what will make us feel that this difficult decision is correct and in the best interest of our mules.  We would like to welcome you to meet our mules in person at our Ranch in Benson Arizona.  If you are concerned or have questions, please set up a time to visit us and our amazing mules!   Don't forget the carrots!

Heartbroken in Benson...

ps....  We will find a way to keep the jingling of sleigh bells

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