Mule Lines : Working Mules

Photograph of Muffin, Adoption Star of the Redwings Horse Sanctuary, and adopted mule of the Salonika Campaign Society.We talk quite a lot about mules in Salonika (or is it just me?), but I wonder how many of us have actually seen mules at work. There are mules in the UK – there is a British Mule Society after all – but until I met our adopted mule, Muffin, last year, I’m not sure that I had ever knowingly seen one. Whilst Muffin has worked hard for Redwings Horse Sanctuary for nearly thirty, it’s been in a fundraising and public relations, rather than a draught or pack role!

So what a delight it was to see lots of mules hard at work pulling carriages at Seville’s feria in the spring. I expected ladies in colourful dresses and lots of horses too, but to see beautifully turned out teams of mules was an unexpected treat. Here are just some of the photos I took …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It would be a shame, though, not to include some real Salonika mules:
The pair of mules that won second prize at a Divisional Horse Show, Salonika, May 1916. THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915 - 1918
The pair of mules that won second prize at a Divisional Horse Show, Salonika, May 1916. THE SALONIKA CAMPAIGN 1915-1918 (click on the image to see full size)© IWM (Q 31938)

Author: scswebeditor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and from 2008 has been the Society's web editor. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Robin hands over the role in October 2021 to Andy Hutt. Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served as a Royal Engineer from 1916-1918. All posts prior to February 2021 are by Robin. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

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