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: SCS Web Editor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and soon after became editor of the Society's journal, 'The New Mosquito', a role he held until 2008. He then became the Society's web editor, a role he seems unable to shake off. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915-1917, mainly in the Struma valley.