|Warm Springs Mule|
5 by 5 inches Watercolor
One person related stories of how because of their strict territorial nature the miners also used donkeys as "guard dogs" as well as companions and beasts of burden. Most of the wild burros are found in California and Nevada. On occasion because of the wild mustangs running in the same locations a wild mule is discovered. Unfortunately wild mules present a problem. "According to one person the are so smart that to bring adult mules into captivity creates a situation where the mule is both unhappy and hard to train." Those that are not suitable for training tend to lead miserable lives in captivity. This maybe because of their independent nature and their strong sense of self-sufficiency. Wild mules tend to be more bonded and loyal to one person and do not take change or multiple owners with a great deal of adaptation.
A special thanks to Andi Harmon for the use of the wild mule photography from her archives. A portion of the sale of this painting will go to Mustang U in Washington State.