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The Mule A Treatise on the Breeding, Training, and Uses to Which He May Be Put   By:

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In "The Mule: A Treatise on the Breeding, Training, and Uses to Which He May Be Put" Harvey Riley delves into the remarkable world of mules, shedding light on their fascinating history, breeding practices, training methods, and their myriad of practical applications. Riley's comprehensive guide serves as an invaluable resource for both novice and experienced mule enthusiasts, combining in-depth knowledge and years of hands-on experience.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is the author's meticulous attention to detail. Riley leaves no stone unturned, covering everything from the basic anatomy and physiology of mules to the intricacies of breeding and selecting the right stock. He provides practical advice on all aspects of mule management, such as feeding, housing, and grooming, ensuring that readers are equipped with the necessary skills to care for these resilient creatures.

Moreover, Riley's expertise in mule training shines through as he addresses various training methods and techniques, breaking them down into easily understandable steps. He emphasizes the importance of patience and understanding, guiding readers on how to establish trust and develop a strong bond with their mules. The author also explores the diverse uses of mules in various industries, including agriculture, logging, racing, and as reliable companions for leisure activities such as trail riding.

What sets this book apart from others in its genre is Riley's evident enthusiasm and love for mules. His writing is infused with a palpable passion that is contagious, captivating readers from the very first page. His anecdotes and personal experiences lend an authentic touch, making the book feel more like a conversation with a seasoned mule aficionado than a dry instructional manual.

If there is one minor criticism, it would be the occasional lack of visual aids. Although the text is highly informative, a few illustrations or photographs could have further enhanced the reader's understanding, particularly for those less familiar with mule anatomy or training equipment.

Overall, "The Mule: A Treatise on the Breeding, Training, and Uses to Which He May Be Put" is a must-read for anyone with an interest in mules. Harvey Riley's expertise, passion, and engaging writing style make this book an indispensable resource, providing valuable insight into the world of mules, their history, and their diverse role within society. Whether you're a seasoned mule aficionado or simply intrigued by these remarkable animals, this book will undoubtedly leave you with a newfound appreciation for the versatile and reliable mule.

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There is no more useful or willing animal than the Mule. And perhaps there is no other animal so much abused, or so little cared for. Popular opinion of his nature has not been favorable; and he has had to plod and work through life against the prejudices of the ignorant. Still, he has been the great friend of man, in war and in peace serving him well and faithfully. If he could tell man what he most needed it would be kind treatment. We all know how much can be done to improve the condition and advance the comfort of this animal; and he is a true friend of humanity who does what he can for his benefit. My object in writing this book was to do what I could toward working out a much needed reform in the breeding, care, and treatment of these animals. Let me ask that what I have said in regard to the value of kind treatment be carefully read and followed. I have had thirty years' experience in the use of this animal, and during that time have made his nature a study. The result of that study is, that humanity as well as economy will be best served by kindness.

It has indeed seemed to me that the Government might make a great saving every year by employing only such teamsters and wagon masters as had been thoroughly instructed in the treatment and management of animals, and were in every way qualified to perform their duties properly... Continue reading book >>

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