Seven-year-old Martha the mule has been pictured jumping for joy on a new sand exercise facility at The Donkey Sanctuary.
Through her lens, Farm Supervisor Elizabeth Hyde captured the uplifting moment the donkeys and mules explored their new facility for the first time at the charity’s Town Barton Farm.
Set in the rolling green hills of central Devon on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, Town Barton Farm is home to over 300 rescued and relinquished donkeys and mules, cared for by staff who specialise in mule care and behaviour.
The new sand facility offers a new year-round exercise area for the resident animals, providing enhanced enrichment, and the perfect environment for keeping their hooves is good clean condition.
“It was very rewarding to watch the animals being free to express themselves as they explored their new sand area for the first time,” Paul Cater, Town Barton’s Farm Manager, said. “This is a wonderful new facility that will enrich the lives of our donkeys and mules.”