Marty came into my life in the spring of 2014 and is currently unbacked. He is my first mule and has been one hell of a learning curve, particularly as he seems to have some Marty-specific issues. He and I have walked hundreds of miles together.
Marty is the first ambassador for Mule Welfare UK.
Xato is a magnificent Comtois mule who offically came into my life in July 2016 – thanks, in part, to this blog! I flew out to Mallorca to meet him and gain his approval, and we brought him over to the UK in November ’16. He is very different from Marty and I am so excited about our future together.
Known affectionately as Cashbash, Cashper and The Little Yellow Idiot, Cash is our pasture puff and all-round sweetheart. His favourite things include being muddy, hanging out with humans and playing bitey games with the mule.
Joey is a small hairy cob we accidentally acquired because the guy who was fixing our roof said we could have him for free. He’s very sweet.
Read his intro post here.
A mix of Lusitano, Hanoverian and Shire (with all the best qualities from each), Iris is Ben’s riding horse and herd matriarch. Both boys are quietly in love with her; she quietly tolerates them.
Iris sadly passed away on 30th July, 2019. read her eulogy here.
Ben is my husband, the love of my life (don’t tell the mule) and resident sage; my progress with Marty is entirely due to his knowledge and calm, patient approach to teaching. You can read more of his thoughts on horses and horsemanship in his blog, here.
That’s me, full time groom and mulographer (one of these is paid). I have ridden and owned horses for twenty-four years but Marty is my first mule, and I honestly have no idea how I ever got by without one. I really, really, really like talking about my mule, and so to save boring everyone I know, this blog is my mule-obsessive outlet!