Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bye, Bye Rylee

We sit today saddened at the loss of Rylee the mule. She left us yesterday for a new home. She was scared to leave, you could see it in her eye, but she is going to a good home. Her new friends love horse packing in the mountains and they are excited to have a new project in getting her ready. We on the other hand have too many equines and we had to cut back. We never did sell the two mares. I seemed to talk everybody who was interested out of wanting them. But Rylee's new owners didn't seem fazed to hear of her mischievous ways and high jumping antics. And after the accidents, I just don't have the nerve to dive into her training. But still, we miss her. We will miss her untying ropes and opening gates and harvesting fruit and jumping the fence and hooking the rope under the lead horse's tail (she does it on purpose) and chasing and leaping and kicking at Kate the dog. We will miss her love when she is always the first to run down the hill to greet you and stick her nose in your car and breath her sweet mule breath in your nose. Bye, Bye Rylee. We will come visit you soon.


  1. The "naughty" ones are often the ones we love, and miss, the most.

    Bittersweet post.


  2. Awwww...enjoy your new home, Rylee.

  3. Oh man TJ. I'm sorry Rylee had to go. BUt it sounds like she will be in hog heaven, and having a grand life.

    Chin up. I'll smooch a donkey nose from you when I see my favorite donkey in six more weeks.

  4. It's hard to say goodbye, but nice to reassured when they go to a good home. Mule's have the most wonderful personalities.

    I haven't been able to convince my husband to get one. Although his Dad just gave him a pack saddle....

  5. Rylee's new owner emailed and said she is doing great and is very sweet and curious. That's Rylee. The sweet part and the curiousity that will get her into trouble. LOL!

  6. We have had a visiting mule and her owner the last month, Judy and Tevisina (bred to do the Tevis!) is 5 and a big beautiful Thoroughbred mule. Judy is 70 and handles that mule beautifully. I think that Tevisina things she is a horse, not a mule!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

  7. Merri, that reminds me of one of the things I dreamed of doing with Rylee. Endurance. sigh.

  8. Dan's right--bittersweet post.

    Sounds like a mature decision on your part.


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