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Vaquero 7: Mula – The Long-Eared Hero of the Old Spanish Trail


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A most spectacular horse and mule raid took place in California in 1840. A motley crew of thieves raided ranchos and missions from Monterey to San Diego. Why would they risk their lives? Everyone wanted mules.  Americans were on the move…headed west and there was no sturdier, more powerful and reliable means of travel than a mule. These California mules, along with finely trained Vaquero horses were driven twelve hundred miles up the Old Spanish Trail from Los Angeles to Santa Fe and then seven hundred more miles up the Santa Fe Trail to Independence Missouri.

Today, mule people are just as enthusiastic about their mules as they were in the 1800s. Mules are tough, intelligent, easy keepers, always ready to do the job. Meet the men who know the mule’s secrets and sing his praises — packers Ross Knox and Graham Goodfield, mule traders Rufus and Dickie Reese, log-skidder Thomas Summers, draft mule man Charile Reed. And featuring cowboy singer and packer Dave Stamey with his new song “Never Kiss a Mule.” 98 minutes.


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