Right above is the link to see an album of many of her pictures. If the link won't work for you, copy and paste the entire link into your web browser & she will show right up - some 50 pictures of her in many settings.
Mud Slide Sally, our little 7 yr. old, gaited mule deserves more 1st hand attention than she is getting living here with us. She is the best we have or probably ever have had - for her sweetness, congenial attitude, ease of handling and calm demeanor. She is drop-dead gorgeous and is the mule our visitors ride without any concern on our part whether or not she'll take care of them.
She has been a member of our family since May 3, 2008 - when she was 3. We found her at a sale in Kentucky and have remained good friends with the folks that "Ëúbred for"Ëú, "Ëúraised' & "Ëústarted' her. This is her 2nd home. Her Momma was a TWH mare by Mud Slide Slim and Mud Slide Slim was a world champion. Sally's sire is a gaited jack from E. Tennessee - so she had "Ëúgait' on both sides; a requirement for a "Ëúpure, naturally gaited' mule.
I, Connie - a Sr.; sighted in one eye (therefore no balance) have enjoyed her for 4 years. Sally builds confidence, even with riders like me - the ones that will fall off at the blink of an eye (no pun intended), if a mule or horse shies. She has taken me countless miles on trail rides and others have shown her in many horse/mule classes in our area - with good success and lots of grins.
Sally is the ONLY mule we own that I have not "Ëúcome off of' and that's because she's so steady and calm and non-reactive. I have countless wonderful stories of how she has literally SAVED my life and how she "Ëúplans her moves' so she is protecting her rider from harm. She was Copperhead snake bitten on a foreleg and her reaction was to stomp the snake with her front foot and sail it away with her back foot.. She COULD have dumped the rider right on top of that snake, if she'd flown into bucking or any other reaction to the trauma - but she didn't, she calmly continued to walk on down into the creek; just matter-of-factly. (There is A LOT more to the story, but space does not permit). Her "Ëúsnake-bite-story' was in Western Mule, Mules & More & several other publications last year, just about this time.
Anyone that can sit on a mule can ride Sally BUT that doesn't mean she will "Ëúre-home' to just anyone. She will not be for sale as a child's mule - children could ride her & ride her successfully but the person we're looking for as Sally's new companion has the opportunity here to appreciate ALL the gifts Sally can provide them. Namely, strolling down the trail, with the rider not having a care in the world about getting back to the trailer in safety. Put her on the trail you want to travel and DON'T GUIDE her. She chooses the best route around the hazards and drops her nose to smell the best place to put her feet - keeping the rider safe, she knows better than the rider.
The person that will love her the most is the easy handed, slow riding, kind hearted person (since Sally matches that description). The not-too-confident person or the one that has been injured when riding. The person we want for HER is one that knows that a good mule is priceless and is to be appreciated & respected for their steady, thoughtful and intelligent attitudes. -- This is our Sally. The person that feels a mule has to be "Ëútaught a lesson', "Ëúget their attention', "Ëúwadded up', or "Ëúknocked around' or 'raced all day' need not respond to our posting.
Sally parks-out (stretches out) and stands perfectly still to be mounted from a stump, fallen tree, side of the truck/trailer, just any object that will give the rider a "Ëúboost-up'. She does not move forward until asked. She has not one single bad habit. She thinks medical work is fine and never reacts to shots, never "Ëúpulls' a foot during shoeing (takes keg shoes or bare foot - all the same), & clips and tacks-up with out moving a muscle. Anything you ask of her, she will do her very best to comply - she wants to please. She has a super smooth gait, don't think you could get her to trot under saddle.
The reason we are starting the process to place Sally is because we CAN. She is the best, all-around mule we have & you can find a good home for your best. But she's my number 3 mule now & I have not enough time to ride her, plus the other 2. Billy has 2 he rides but we don't get to ride enough to keep them all conditioned, shod, etc and they deserve more time. Someone can love and enjoy Sally and she will respond in-kind.
Billy (husband) has been a professional trainer for 50 years, so Sally has had the 'oversight' and riding of a person that has handled her in such a way that the 'right thing to do' is without question what she knows to do; that's just her personality & life's training.
She is $4,000 and will be sold on contract with "Ëúfirst right of refusal'.
We live 8 miles from Natchez Trace State Park (not to confuse with Natchez Trace Parkway). An introduction day with her, plus a riding day with her in the park will be a next step toward her new home location. We are willing to spend that time with the new, potential owner. We won't ship her sight-unseen/unridden - she wouldn't understand. She's trained, we are willing to "Ëúteach' the new owner about Sally; making Sally"Ëús transition seamless as possible.
In addition to the picture posted here, the link above will take you to many more shots of her in most situations. She is an all around experienced, great mule.
Feel free to call my ATT cell: 731 602 2444
Billy's cell: 731 602 7797 or our house phone: 731 967 9884
We live Â½ way between Memphis, TN and Nashville, TN - just 3 miles off I-40 @ the 108 Exit/Parkers Crossroads, TN. ( we have detailed driving instructions, as Google Maps is a "Ëúbit off' sometimes & gets our mailing address confused with our physical address.
Thank you for your interest and "Ëúendurance' in reading Sally's description. I have found it saves time, as this much detail is sometimes 'self-eliminating', especially when folks don't need/want a mule with these personality traits. Watch YouTube video
Company / Facility:
Sanderson Stables -
Billy has been a licensed,professional 'gaited breeds' trainer for over 50 years. We are mostly retired but do work with a few mules & 'former show horses' to transition them to trail riding companion horses/mules. We use only natural training methods and stress 'safety' for the rider and mule/horse above all else. Most of our 'helped' horses/mules are those belonging to Seniors that want a safe and sane, slow and easy ride down the trail - where the emphasis is placed on the riders being able to visit with others during the ride without worrying about their mount refusing to stand still for mounting/dismounting or refusing to cross that log, to traverse that creek or run up or down hill. Ours do none of that. All leave our barn confident, compliant & trained in all aspects of 'safety-first'.