How to Build a Practice Mule

How to Build a Practice Mule

Parts List to Build a Practice Mule:

  • Plastic 5 gal barrel
    • 6” wedge cut from barrel creates a more mule shaped profile. Oval vs round.
  • Plywood ovals glued and screwed at both ends create structure to attach legs, head, and tail to.
  • Head is cut from plywood with angle iron braces at base of neck. These slide into grooves cut into 2×3 boards attached to neck end of barrel
  • Legs are 2×4’s
    • Cut top and bottom to desired length and angle.
  • Tail is sisal rope that has been unraveled.
  • Hoofs are Cavallo boots
  • Latches to securely hold barrel together when in use or transport.
    • One front and one back
  • Bolts to hold legs
    • 2 for each leg with wing nuts for easy assembly and break down.
  • Ears are strips of fire hose cut into triangles

I hope that Blue has inspired you to further develop your mule packing skills and knowledge, and helps you enjoy a lifetime of equine adventures!

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