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Date:4/18/2014 8:40:19 PM
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Thanks...Your horses are beautiful. Since the 4th of July is coming up I thought this was a fun mule fact from the early years of our country...
George Washington is generally credited with bringing the mule to America, or at least improving mule stock in the country. Mules were rare and expensive and, for the most part, mules raised in the colonies were exported back to the mother country. Washington's breeding program was aimed at producing a larger and stronger mule to be used on the farm. He imported donleys from Spain, the first being a gift from King Charles 111.
On October 26, 1785, Washington recorded that the first jack, appropriately named Royal Gift, arrived at Mount Vernon. George Washington also received two Jennys (female donkey) and a smaller jack from the Marquis de Lafayette. The jack, named The King of Malta, began a line of unsurpassed saddle mules. These mules from Washington's stock became the backbone of American agriculture for many generations.
Have a great day! Joey & Betsy
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