How to Water a Mule in the Desert

The mules and I may be walking across the land of 12″ of annual rain but there’s an oasis underfoot. It’s pumped to the surface by windmills.

Stock tank oasis: look closely and you’ll see mule Cracker taking a drink at 4’oclock.

In these remote parts of eastern Wyoming, windmills are still the primary way to pump water in to stock tanks. Solar panels are coming on the scene. But by and large, if a cow wants to drink in eastern Wyoming, she’ll drink water hauled out of the ground by the wind.

You can read some more here about what it’s like to water you mules at a Wyoming windmill.

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