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10 Reasons Why Mules are like 1500lb Toddlers

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Posted by Website Admin on December 06, 2016

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10 Reasons Why Mules Are Like 1500lbToddlers

  1. Oversize fears of everyday objects. A plastic bag blowing down the street or a discarded couch on the sidewalk can send a mule into a full-on panic tantrum. A few words of encouragement usual helps us get past the scary plastic bag. 
  2. Speaking of tantrums, if you think that a spoiled toddler in the checkout line can create a lot of drama, just wait till you see a mule demanding a treat with every trick at his disposal. 
  3. Dirty diapers. We're talking ten pounds of wet stinking mule poo in a single dump sometimes! It's our job as carriage drivers to keep the diapers empty. 
  4. Hating baths. (To be fair some mules -- like some toddlers -- love baths.)
  5. Needing routine. Even minor changes to a route can sometimes be stressful. 
  6. All-around stubbornness, which is also a sign of their intelligence. 
  7. Testing limits. 
  8. Putting every disgusting thing they can find in their mouths.
  9. Rough/mean play. Ever wonder where the expression "horseplay" comes from? 
  10. BUT... at their best they can be incredibly sweet and affectionate. 

 

When I started driving the carriage four and a half years ago, a colleague said to me, "Working with a mule is like working with a 1,500 pound 3-year-old." Four and a half years later I'm still discovering how true it is. 

Written by Mark Orfila 

Veteran Carriage Driver & Tour Guide at Royal Carriages. 

My husband and I went on the French Quarter and Marigny tour. We loved seeing everything at a slower pace so we could really take everything in and see it. This is a must-do while in the city.

Lori, Illinois, USA

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