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Bonnie Gets a New Mule

 

March 2013 issue  

 

"Desert Rose"

 

     [Editor’s Note: We received the always-delightful annual holiday letter from the Tennessee Mule Artist, Bonnie Shields. When I read that she had sold her white hinny, Buddy, and purchased a new mule, Iris, I thought her reason for selling Buddy was worth including in RMR.]

 

     Some changes came my way in ’12 and some wonderful stuff, too. Now, if I could just remember what they were! I’ll give ‘er a try. Hang on!

     First off, I have ANOTHER new mule named Iris and Buddy is gone. He turned out not to be the pure gold I was looking for.

     In June, I was beginning to have trouble with Buddy, the white hinny. He didn’t want to be handled and he was beginning to strike at me as I was trying to bridle him. But once he was tacked up, he was a little gentleman and a joy to ride.  

 

"Killer," the Bucking Horse

Mule Team

     In August, my husband Terry and I decided we wanted to take the mules on a little day ride in the mountains and loaded up Lucille and Buddy. It took both of us working with him a good fifteen minutes to get him tacked up… and it was hairy, too! It pushed me over the edge and I decided then and there Buddy had to go before I got hurt.

     When we got home from the ride, I found the latest edition of the mule club newsletter. The first ad was for Iris! 21 years old. 15 hands high. Trail-wise and kind. And she was in my price range.

     I went to see her the very next day and found out that the ad had not mentioned that she was very pretty, too.

     So, I know the Lord fixed me up and I have a grand new friend!

 

Bonnie Shields and Iris, her new mule.

      Bonnie Shields lives in Sandpoint , Idaho , with her husband, Terry Steiner, and their herd of long-ears. You’ll recognize her work from Leanin’ Tree cards. She has illustrated numerous books, and offers T-shirts, original paintings, prints, resin models and bronzes for sale. She also does commissioned drawings. Visit her website: www.bonnieshields.com.

     Events where Bonnie will have a booth are included in RMR’s calendar. Stop by and say hi to Bonnie. She’ll be sure to get you laughing!  

   

    

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