Ruth Grace claimed Chance as her personal mule. They were riding on the farm 2013 winter and she found an 8 pointer skull. She was as tickled as could be. Chance looked at her twice when she mounted him carrying that skull. She is patient with him and they strutted home for me to make pictures. This past winter she has hauled out wild game and took him to bait traps. Ruth Grace is also racking up some ribbons from Leatherwood Mule Days!
Clay and Bell have been together since he was 5 years old.
When Clay was 5 years old, Michael and I went to look at a mule for ME! I was interested in Bell and told Michael that I wanted her. I have always been partial to appaloosas. While we were working out the price, our son Clay speaks up and says "I want to ride her." It was love at first ride. Our family went home with a new mule, but Belle was for Clay! They have been inseparable since. Clay did let his little sister ride Bell for a couple of years until she got some confidence riding on her own. Bell is a jewel. We have loads of people who ask to buy her ....but Clay says she is a part of our family. Coming from a 15 year old, that is a huge compliment. Bell will be with us forever I guess! Clay is very protective of her and can get pretty upset when his little sister wants to ride her too often. Clay thinks Ruth Grace is too hard on her. I guess you could say Clay loves Bell, pot belly and all!!!!
Michael and I do not keep personal mules. When we are looking at potential mules for Windy Hill Mule Farm, we choose mules that we would be satisfied with if we kept them from that day forward. We ride all our mules until someone else has an interest and wants to make a purchase. Keeping them all rode and knowing everything about them gets difficult if you try to keep personal mules; that is what Michael preaches to me. Clay and Ruth Grace are also a big help with the riding; just another reason we try to have quiet, safe trail mules.