Mules are the offspring of a male (jack) ass and a female (mare) horse.
So a “horse’s ass” would be a male donkey kept to impregnate mares.
Mules are “hybrid” – of mixed origin.
It requires a male donkey and a female horse which are different species with different numbers of chromosomes to produce one mule.
This “hybrid” mixture results in a sterile offspring, incapable of reproduction.
Although possessing traits of both parents, it is unable to pass anything on.
Hence the repetitive cycle of “breeding” mules.
For more detailed information on horses and mules
Donkeys are slower and less powerful than horses but possess extreme intelligence.
Particularly patient and persistent, they make excellent pack animals (servant character trait). Where horses require lush grassy lands in order to thrive;
donkeys are adept to the marginal desert lands and less food needs.
Donkeys, unlike horses, do not have natural waterproof coats thus necessitating shelter.
While horses are flight animals, this trait can be counter-productive – i.e. in times of panic or danger they will run away. Donkeys have learned to survive in the rugged desert terrain so fleeing simply wasn’t an option.
They will stand their ground, simply frozen in position.
They possess a strong survival instinct.
Kindly-affectionate and patient, donkeys make protective companions.
Once a donkey has bonded with a herd, it will protect them against canine predators as it would one of its own. It will bed down with and alert the herd upon hearing any strange noises, voicing not just a warning but giving chase, often trampling, the predator.
The donkey has a calming effect on horses.
If introduced to an orphaned foal, it replaces the mare for support.
First domesticated 4500 years ago, donkeys were considered a status symbol of their owners’ wealth.
The donkey’s characteristic “Eee awe” sound is made by an intake of breadth followed instantly by exhalation.
Luke 23:46, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost..”
1 Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.”
Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.”
The dam accompanied the colt (Mt 21:2). The entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at His first coming is a pledge of the full accomplishment of this prophecy at His second coming. It shall be “the day of the Lord” (Ps 118:24), as that first Palm Sunday was.
A donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey: emphasizing that the animal is purebred –
a truly magnificent, royal mount.
A symbol of perpetuity; immortality; everlasting life.
“God had commanded the kings of Israel not to multiply horses. The kings who broke this command were miserable themselves, and scourgers to their people. Jesus came to fulfill the law. Had he in his title of king rode upon a horse, it would have been a breach of a positive command of God; therefore he rode upon an ass.”
Zechariah 9:9 belongs to the first coming of Jesus, but Zechariah 9:10 belongs to the Second Coming of Jesus, when He comes in power and glory to reign.
Psalms 46:9, “He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in sunder; he burns the chariot in the fire.” His dominion shall be “from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth”: When Jesus rules over this earth, His reign will be universal. The entire earth will be under His authority.