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Packsaddle resources

Donkeys and mules are used to carry cargo in many parts of the world and their heavy loads are often placed directly on the donkey's back or on ill-fitting packsaddles which rub against the donkey's skin causing nasty and sometimes life-threatening wounds. A simple and inexpensive packsaddle can make a big difference in reducing the donkey's discomfort and wounds.

How to make, fit and use

This resource, combined with the accompanying video, is designed to help you to create a simple, affordable packsaddle.

The booklet covers the tools you will need, how to measure your donkey, how to stitch, seal and quilt the packsaddle as well as provide information on caring and repairing.

The resources are available in English and have been designed for you to create a booklet and video in your own local language. We've also provided the script in English for you to help with your translation. All you need to do is download and open your favourite movie maker tool to create your packsaddle video.

If you would like a copy of our booklet, please contact us.

With thanks to...

Chris Garrett, International Harness Consultant at The Donkey Sanctuary has worked with us since 2007 to develop a global team of harness makers, officers and champions around the world.

Poor or inappropriate harness design, materials, use and maintenance are key causes of poor donkey welfare so Chris and the harness teams work to improve existing harness designs and train people to make and use the improved models.

Chris's excellent technical input and guidance have been fundamental in creating this resource and we are sincerely grateful for his time, energy, skills, passion and good humour.

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