My work in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco started back in 2014 with the main aim to improve handling stills so that muleteers could use simple head collars instead of the traditional iron bits. The traditional bits are harsh contraptions that cause pain and suffering, however many of the muleteers have now come to understand this and seek alternatives. By teaching good handling skills, muleteers are able to see that they don't need the harsh bits to work with their mules. We also looked at other welfare issues such as over loading, tethering around the legs with thin rope, feed and water stops etc. I worked heavily in Morocco in 2015 and made a lot of amazing friends and contacts there. I had for a while to focus on my work in the UK but over the last few years I have returned where I was remembered and greeted with open arms in the villages.
During my time in Morocco I became friends with the team at Jarjeer Donkey and Mule refuge, an incredible charity who care for over 200 rescued, injured and retired working donkeys and mules. I am the UK ambassador the charity and visit whenever I can. I have enjoyed working alongside some of the team there to re-train rescued ex caleche horses (who apparently can not be re-trained!), using positive methods.
For more information about Jarjeer Mule and Donkey Refuge click HERE