Rags is the youngest mule we have here at Town Barton Farm at only 1 year old. She was relinquished to the Sanctuary in March 2010 by her breeder who was trying to cut back on stock. You may have read about Rags already in Claire Shapcott's blogs but I want to share a little bit more about her as we think she is so cute she deserves her own story!
Last week I attended the Sanctuary's Practical Mule Handling Course at Town Barton Farm run by Ben Hart our resident behavioural expert. I have been looking forward to this course for a long time; it is a follow on from the Mule Theory Training Course I wrote about in November where I spent an idyllic morning with the 130 resident mules and hinnies that live at the farm based just outside Exeter, whilst learning about the practicalities of behaviour training.
I am finally back at work after 10 weeks off following knee surgery, and it is fantastic to be back and see the progress that has been made with some of our more difficult mules!
We have recently welcomed Michaela to our team here at Town Barton, and she has been working hard on mule behaviour and training along side Lil, Emma and Sophie.
On a recent visit to Town Barton Farm I met an adorable little mule called Sadie. She is five years old and arrived at Town Barton in August 2009. On arrival she was nervous and very difficult to catch but once caught she was good to handle.
Slat Jack is a 4 year old mule gelding, who was brought over from Ireland and arrived at Town Barton Farm on the 8th July 2009. On arrival Slat Jack appeared to be a very friendly chap who would always approach you to say hello, but it was on his second day with us that his true colours started to come to light. Read on...
My name is Jenna and I am going to start writing a blog to tell you about life at Town Barton Farm which is part of the Sanctuary. I have been working as a groom here since January 2009 and previously I was at university studying for my degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, which gave me some of the knowledge I need to work with all the mules and hinnies we have here.