Old Beck and Pat
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"Old Beck" (mule mare) and foal "Pat" (a 3/4 horse) are shown in this image. This was preceived as an oddity and resulted in much interest, as seen by the file of writings and corresponence held in archives on the subject of breeding mules with horses. "The mare mule, "Beck", was obtained by A. and M. College in 1921, with an infertile, mule-like female yearling, "Kit", which she had foaled in the service of a jack. In 1922, at about the age of 22, "Beck" was bred to a stallion and foaled the horse-like colt, "Pat" ….a bright bay, with white stockings and star. ..average size, strong, healthy and amorous, having the head, breast, hips, flanks and feet of a horse. His left ear droops slightly ...appears to have proverbial shrewdness of the mule. " -Veterinary Bulletin, Lederle. V.11 no.1. 1942. pg.9-12.
DescriptionTwo men in corral. Man on left showing a mare mule and a colt. Man on right with another mule that could be the mares infertile, mule-like female yearling named "Kit". Writing on the photo or group of photos: 'Colt out of Mare Mule by horse ' Physical description: Black and white print (photograph) 15 copies: (1) 6x11.5mm glued to card; other copies all 7.5x13mm.
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