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So a hinny is sort of the opposite of a mule. A mule is big, because its mother is a mare, whereas a hinny is small, because its mother is a jenny. And from what I have read of hinnies, they do not have any of the advantages of mules. Yet if they exist, it must be because people breed them, right? A stallion would not seek out a jenny on his own, would he? Has anyone heard of uses for hinnies, that leads people to breed them?
 
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Yes, people do breed them. Maybe it's so little kids can ride a tiny horse, kind of like at those travelling petting zoos.
 
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I've mostly heard of people not breeding hinnies for various reasons... Why Not Hinnies
Apparently it's more economical to breed mules, and the outcome (strength and temperament) is more predictable. I'm guessing it's also safer for the dam to be bred to a much smaller male than a much larger male... Hinnies tend to be slightly smaller and more horsey-looking than mules, but it can be difficult to tell them apart. So I guess for me the question would be, do you really want a stallion mounting your donkey? I feel sorry for her.
 
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