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Date:4/17/2014 6:54:51 PM
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What is a hinny?.... The hinny is also called a mule. However the hinny is the hybrid cross between a male horse (stallion) and a female donkey (jenny). The hinny is different from a mule in very subtle ways. For instance, the hinny is somewhat slower and a more meticulous mover than the mule. He inherits his way of moving from the jenny as does the mule that tends to be a little faster, more energetic and more agile like the mare. The hinny, because of of his meticulous way of moving is actually better in very steep, rocky terrain and especially in loose rock and will not tire as quickly as a mule. Gaited hinnies are preferable in this kind of terrain where there is little opportunity to gallop because they have a smooth, more ground covering gait.The hooves of a hinny tend to be more donkey-like, narrow, oval, and more upright where the hooves of a mule will look more horse-like, a little more round, but still oval. On both hinnies and mules the hooves should be trimmed more upright and the heels should be left longer than that of a horse.
The hinny will also eat more different kinds of shrubs and bushes to sustain himself where a mule will be more selective. both the mule and the hinny have more endurance than the horse and are more resistant to parasites and disease, require less food for good health, have tougher hooves than the horse, and have an incredible sence of self preservation often mistsken for stubbornness. The horse has a flight reflex when startled and the donkey has has a freeze reflex;the mule and the hinney can exhibit both depending on their personality and the situation. Have a great day... Joey & Betsy
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