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Mule vs Mountain Lion

A couple from Montana were out riding on the range with their dogs, the man with a rifle and his wife with the camera that took these amazing shots, when a mountain lion decided to stalk the dogs.

The man got off his mule and decided to fire a shot into the air to scare off the mountain lion, but before he could the lion charged towards the dogs hoping for a piece of them. That’s when things got interesting

The mule decided he wanted a piece of the lion and snatched him up by the tail and started whirling him around. Banging its head on the ground on every pass. It basically stomped it to death and bit it a few times to make sure it was really dead.

The mule then walked back to where the stunned couple were standing and stood there ready to continue as if this crazy situation hadn’t just gone down.

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You guys know how obsessed I am with mules, so when I saw this post on Justine Harrison - Equine Behaviourist's page I got super excited.  For the first time ever, a mule has qualified for US Dressage Finals!  Here’s a note from the mule’s rider/owner,  Laura Hermanson:

A MULE makes it to the US Dressage Finals in Kentucky! I am Laura Hermanson and I have been training and working with mules for over 10 years. I have enormous passion for these incredible equines and believe anything is possible with them. This has been proven true! My own dear mule Heart B Dyna competed throughout the year at 3 star sanctioned shows earning scores up to 75% and qualifiying for both the CDS state and USDF regional championships. We had an incredible time at the Championships educating people about mules and being able to ride along side Olympians! I was thrilled to be living my dreams, and then my dream became even greater. The US Dressage Finals invites the top two equines at each level from every region throughout the country as well as a wildcard based on scores. It all comes together for an incredible showcase of the best Dressage horses in the US.  And then the unbelievable happened, Dyna and I recieved an invitation!!! This is the first time in history a mule has been invited to the USDF Finals! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to expose people to mules on a huge national platform. 

Laura created crowd funding page to raise money to help make the trip to KY more affordable, and her goal has already been reached!  So exciting :)

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First Mule to Compete at US Dressage Finals - Heart B Dyna with Laura Hermanson

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And two of Porter’s mule relatives, both pulled from his facebook page and both pretty impressive, as far as I can tell.