Duffi our female mule enjoying her morning roll in the sand at the Mule Stables

Animal Stories

Why do horses, donkeys, and mules like to roll in sand?

Rolling in sand allows equines to clean their coat, stretch a little bit, and on warmer days, helps to lower their body temperature. In wild horses the sand baths may also help to remove ticks and lice from the body.

Mules are a cross between a horse and a donkey. They are working animals and as such they need plenty of exercise to stay fit and healthy. Duffi helps us at KFBG by transporting light loads such as compost, refuse and tree saplings, to reduce the use of motor vehicles. She can occasionally be seen walking along our roads for exercise and enjoying the edible roadside plant buffet.