Tom & Bonnie Lee ~ Emmett, Idaho
Mules Of Distinction...
HEART B RANCH
Last Update: 4-10-2016
Heart B Ranch lies on 36 acres in the Emmett Valley of Idaho which is located in the southwest part of the state about 30 miles northwest of Boise. We are often asked how we got started with mules. Here's a short version. Around 1980 two things took place that changed Tom's thinking and direction with equines. First he aquired a four yr. old john mule he called "Rosebud" who had been running out, untouched except to be castrated so he wasn't what you'd call friendly. He had to be run into a stock trailer to get him home. Tom spent days and sleepless nights trying to figure out how to deal with this guy. The other thing that took place was Tom had become dissatisfied with the racing world and hauling his mares to be bred only to have them turn up empty. Fascinated and challenged with his new mule he went to see a old friend in the valley he had broke a couple of mules for. This friend had a couple of jacks and some mares. Before Tom left he had bought a pretty black weanling john mule out of a Morgan cross mare. He called this guy "Joe". It didn't take long for Tom to go back to his friend and this time he bought a jack that his friend had gotten in from California. This jack like his wild mule was not broke to lead, was hard to handle and pretty much out of control but nicely made. Tom bred his mares to his new jack and well like they say, the rest is history. Tom and I married in 1982 and I brought with me a half mustang, half arabian gelding but Tom thought it was fitting to give me a baby molly mule which I named "Majorie". It took a few years before I met a molly mule I felt comfortable enough around to make her my mount. Her name was Judy, a Appaloosa mule off a sheep camp, it was love at first sight. Judy hauled me all over the mountains those first years. In the last few years we have cut back, we no longer show and we only keep a couple of mares. Our favorite thing to do is ride in the wilderness for some good creek or high mountain lake fishing. Our Heart B Brand was originally our cattle brand when we had a ranch north of here. I also used it for my goat herd, homemade soaps and artwork through the years. Tom had always liked the Heart Brands and at the time we had a lot of "B's" in the family so it just sort of fell into place.
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photo: Tara Toler