We are Helen Cleverton and Becky Godley from Town Barton Farm which is home to 141 mules and hinnies and specialises in care and behaviour training for these highly intelligent and sensitive animals. There was a group of mules at our Sanctuary in Ireland that were moving over to our farm and we were lucky enough to visit them to learn the key points about their individual behaviour training needs. This would make the move much easier for the mules and help us to understand them and build upon the training progress they’ve already made.
With all the names and faces I have been introduced to this week, I could almost be forgiven for forgetting my own.
Not just names of staff, but their dogs (who happily sleep in the dog-friendly offices) and, of course, donkeys.
I am actually the new Digital Communications Officer at The Donkey Sanctuary. My name is Ryan Peasland and I have joined the hard-working communications team to help boost the profile of the Sanctuary and its amazing multi-faceted work.
Greatness comes to those who wait, and for Wallace the mule it was all worth the wait to find his dream foster home.
Steve and Lesley Radcliffe already had 4 mules, 2 of which were fostered from The Donkey Sanctuary but unfortunately they lost their beloved Billy to an inoperable condition, which was an extremely sad time for them. After the loss of Billy, Steve and Lesley found comfort in a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary’s Town Barton Farm which currently has 148 mules and hinnies, 140 donkeys and 11 ponies.
Did you know this Friday celebrates the start of the Chinese New Year and is known as the Year of the Horse, one of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. It is said that those born within the Year of the Horse are recognised as energetic, bright and intelligent.
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Some people dread the winter, but I LOVE IT! This is because I get to have my breakfast and supper in my very own pink bucket. And it even has my name on it. What more could a mule want?
My two-legged friends give me lots of scrummy donkey feed seasoned with grated carrots and apples on top, made with warm water to keep me cosy, and it’s my favourite!