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From The Write Stuff:
|WHEN ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS IS A MULEJoy V. Smith ran into a problem with her novel “Detour Trail” when one of her key characters was a mule named Jake. Says she in an April 27 post: One of my first sources said that mules were mostly black so I made Jake black ’cause I wanted to be accurate. Later I learned…that they could be the same colors as horses. After all that’s in their genes!” For her guest post, go to Good Book Alert: http://goodbookalert.blogspot.com/|
I just started reading an Advance Reader’s Copy of The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck, and I’m on chapter three now, which focuses on mules. I did a lot of research when writing Detour Trail, and I’m still interested in the Oregon Trail–and mules because of Jake, an important character in the book. The history is fascinating.
Mules, horses, and oxen were essential on the trail, but Lorrie didn’t need more livestock when she met Jake, but he turned out to be very useful on the trail. Oh, and around the house sometimes…
Btw, a mule is the offspring of a donky and a horse, especially the offspring of a jackass and a mare. They are usually sterile. Check out my Western Style board on Pinterest for pictures of mules: http://pinterest.com/joyvsmith/
Note: A hinny is the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey.
Note: I thought about another m word, but that would have been a spoiler.