A mule is a crossbreed between a male donkey and a mare. The cross between a stallion and a female donkey is known as a hinny. The male gives the most dominant characteristics. A mule has the long ears and slender legs and hooves of the donkey and the height and weight of the horse. They are more sure-footed than the horse and they work better in different conditions. They can manage well in extreme temperatures.
Mules are sterile and only 1% of the hinnies are fertile.
As horses except that they can make do with less and coarser food.
Mules are calmer than horses and they don’t react as much to bad treatment. They should not be hurried. They should be persuaded firmly but gently.