The Real Differences Between Mules and Horses

Saddle mules take a break at Indian Garden in the Grand Canyon. Photo by author.

Mules have a reputation. They’re stubborn, they’re hard to train, and of course they’re only good for pack work. (When people remember they exist, which some fantasy and historical fiction writers are bad at).

But we’ve been breeding mules since at least Roman times, so clearly they have their uses. Let’s talk about some of the real differences between mules and horses.