Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Unpredictable...

I'm really tired of posting about me and my everyday life, and sorta wondering if I'm not boring you as well.  

Sooo...




 
Let's delve into bells: 



Back in the day
1 bell trimmed into the tail meant the mule was broke to pack, 2 bells meant he was broke to drive, and 3 bells meant he was broke to pack, drive, and ride. This way, when looking at a corral full of unknown mules, it was easy to identify which one to select for the job!


In the old military a new mule had his tail head shaved. So every one could be aware that the mule was unpredictable until it was known better.

That is why a new lieutenant was known as a shave tail.. unpredictable until known better.

37 comments:

  1. I never knew that!

    Thanks for the enlightenment.

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  2. Thank you.

    And, I wouldn't drop by if I found you boring.

    Besides, I'm looking forward to reading your reaction to Maryhill.

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    1. Thank you for reading & commenting. And for reminding me about Maryhill.

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  3. Learned something new today. Your posts are never boring.

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    1. Never know what is going to spark my interest...lol
      Thanks.

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  4. A shave tail, that's a good one!

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    1. I knew about the meaning of the bells, but didn't know the shave tail part.

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  5. Wow!
    I wonder how dead they'd be if they'd tried that technique with women.

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    1. It sounds like a great way to spot what your looking for, to me...lol

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  6. Brig, you bring new knowledge each post, thank you.
    Shave Tail...heh.

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  7. At first I thought it said, "Let's delve into balls." Ummmmm - okay.

    Actually - that was very interesting except based on the definition of a shave tail I still have a shaved head.

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  8. Very Interesting, Thanks.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  9. That was interesting. I was glad you included pics of what the "bells" looked like.

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    1. Yep, one of those things that needed pictures.

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  10. New to me! You are never boring.

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  11. You are never boring. I did not know about the tail thing.

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    1. I thought you might know about it. Thanks for the comment.

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  12. I had no idea and love learning something new!!

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    1. Changes, I like learning new things, too.

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  13. The ONLY predictability with a mule is that they are unpredictable, according to my Uncle back in the day... LOL

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    1. Back in the day my grandpa had a couple pack mules for hunting, they were a hoot to ride.

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  14. I'm glad you said this wasn't about you because all I saw was a bunch of mule's asses.

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    1. Thought I had best clarify that cause ya know... I've had my moments...

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    1. Rain, It was and does. Thanks for commenting.

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  16. For those interested in Mules... the best in the West is Bishop Mule Days
    https://vimeo.com/294042654

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  17. Now I knew things about mules that I hadn't the faintest idea about!

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    1. Yay, we are always learning, isn't life amazing!

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  18. My mother's grandparents kept mules, but I can guarantee you they weren't this fancy! From what mom said, it seems as though they just assumed they all were fractious and unpredictable, and dealt with them accordingly. I do remember being told as a child how to get a mule's attention: first, you whack it upside the head with a 2x4. I presume it was a joke.

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    1. shore, I sometimes wonder if mules don't get a bad rap because they can be just as stubborn as the people that have them...
      but then my grandpa had pack mules, and nobody ever said that man was NOT stubborn... lol

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