I always enjoyed visiting the mule barn at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. I especially enjoyed the mules in the jumping competition. Traditionally mules were favored as mounts for following hunting dogs. The mule has the ability to jump a fence from a standing start, so when a hunter reached a fence he would dismount, drape a coat or blanket over the fence and lead his mule next to it. The mule would gather his powerful hind legs under him and, with a little urging, spring over the fence from a standing start. That practice is celebrated in the mule jumping competition at the fair, where I have seen mules leap six-foot fences and even higher. Missourians love their mules!