A week before Christmas last year, Milo one of our mules at Town Barton went off to his new home. We packed him a big bag of straw and hay with festive tinsel wrapped round it so he could give it to his foster owners on his arrival along with a Christmas card which stated Milo’s likes and dislikes and how he likes his bed made... we do fuss but it’s only because we care!
Milo was so excited that someone had chosen him for foster that he walked straight onto the horse box ready for his big adventure ahead. We shed a few tears when he left but they were happy tears as we knew he was going to such a loving home.
We're so proud of him, especially when we received this letter from Milo’s foster owners.
“Milo, is settling in really well. He is such a lovely Mule, both in looks, and temperament."
"He is such a gentleman after Muffin ( or asbo ) as he is sometimes called! Milo is so lovely to handle, thanks to you all, easy to 'do' and so affectionate, he loves a groom and a cuddle and already has a fan club with all the dog walkers who pass my yard. He really seems to enjoy going for a walk and takes an interest in everything around him. My only problem is if I leave my tack/feed room door open he walks straight in! have had to put a rope across to stop him. Milo is having such a positive effect on the two smaller mules. He is the dominant mule, and is a good calming influence. Thank you so much for Milo, I am so pleased with him and already totally smitten. He has so much potential too, I am really looking forward to working with him and hopefully being able to drive him in the future.”
We all felt so relieved when we received this glorious news! And it got even better...!
“Last Saturday I took Milo to a Horse Agility training day and competition. Milo was an absolute star. He behaved really well and tackled all the obstacles - even the seesaw which is for the advanced class. In the competition on the afternoon Milo came joint second out of 12. I am really pleased with him, he learns so quickly and is great fun. He was the only mule there, so he got lots of attention and fussing, which he lapped up. I have also had him in harness and have been long reining him . I have had Muffin (my original Mule) back in his cart again, and Bertie the other little mule I took on is slowly making progress too. Last week Steve and I came to the Paccombe Centre and did the Stage 2 training day, we both thoroughly enjoyed it and have booked on the Stage 4 day at the end of the month. And I have already booked Milo into his next competition, so have lots to look forward to - hopefully it will get warmer too!"
All the staff at Town Barton are so very happy and humbled by this joyous news. This is always the aim of our job, to find these beautiful creatures such a loving and fulfilling home as this!