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 a break for a few years to focus on my work in the UK but have recently returned where I was remembered and greeted with open arms in the villages. During that one short visit I was inundated by requests for help and head collars.
During my time in Morocco I became friends with the team at Jarjeer Donkey and Mule refuge, an incredible charity who care for over 100 rescued, injured and retired working donkeys and mules. This year I had planned to team up with Jarjeer to provide more training in the Atlas Mountains, however Covid-19 has postponed this. I plan to return in September and October providing life gets back to relative normality!
For more information about Jarjeer Mule and Donkey Refuge click HERE