The little mule in the middle is Fred. He has always been the boss mule. He rules the roost at 35 years old. Yes, that is totally old for any equine.
Fred could use dentures as his old teeth have pretty much worn out. However, after a life time of service to my hubby, attending our wedding, and teaching numerous people how to ride, we have decided that Fred has earned a retirement with grain and special feed.
He prefers the pasture and chasing girls though.
The reds hang together as well as the bays.
Fred had decided that he would try and convince everyone that they were in heat. Yes, mules do come in heat. He kept nuzzling all the gals until everyone decided to take a morning nap.
Fred is a gelding and has always been this way.
Lil' Richard is our small stud who had a job telling us when the mares we bred to our Jack were ready to be serviced. We'd put the little stud pony next to a mare when we expected her to be in heat and Lil' Richard would work with her until she'd stand for him. Poor little guy could never do the job, but he was accurate.
Now he is simply a mower and fertilizer.
He and Sven keep the hillside mowed and trimmed among other places like the tractor in the weeds and other piles of 'junk'.
Yep, I prefer the name: Showy Orchid
I have found these once or twice before in our woods just about 20 feet above the creek. They are really hard to spot and like hiding.