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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. 

Bravo to Royal Carriages for employing such a fantastic tour guide with a passion for the city of New Orleans. Mark had so many great stories of the French quarter as well as the St. Louis cemetery it was fun and very informative. He has a great sense of humor and actually knows his history. Very enjoyable and would highly recommend a visit to Jackson Square for the hour long tour.

Gale & Cindy R., Wisconsin, USA

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