I just found out that a couple of equine friends have been rendered homeless! A friend of a friend sent them out on a long-term care lease/giveaway in 2010, but when she did a follow-up visit yesterday she found that they hadn't had their hooves trimmed for a year. The new owner reported that he didn't want them anymore, anyway, so she's taking them back into an already over-full barn in Northwest Washington. She doesn't have stalls for them and we're going into the rainy season. If you or someone you trust is looking for a young mule or mini in the Pacific Northwest, let me know and I'll pass on your info! They are free to a good home. References and a home visit will be required. They really need a safe place where they will actually be cared for—short term, long term, or permanent placements will be considered.
1) Dun molly mule, seven years old and about 12.2 hands high. Needs work on having her feet handled. Very green. She had just recovered from severe slipper feet before this failed placement, and I can imagine that her feet need a lot of TLC once again. She was sound and her feet were looking great last time FarmWife saw her (a year ago) so I think she'll spring right back.
2) Chestnut mini mare, young (5, maybe), with a flaxen mane and tail. Green, but cute! Might like to learn to drive with an experienced adult handler.
If you know how to handle equines and you have a trusted farrier who's good with greenies, this might be your chance to gain an awesome mule (plus sidekick) of your very own! Just imagine.