decoration to your home or barn in December is a great way to
brighten up the darkest days of the year, regardless of which
seasonal holiday you celebrate. But why should the humans have all
the fun? The ponies and donkeys in today’s video are doing a great
job decorating their stable’s Christmas tree.
stockings by the chimney with care? Why do that when you can fling
them at the tree with reckless abandon? (See the action at the 0:40
mark of the video.) Do you have a ton of gifts to arrange under the
tree? These guys can help you out, with a little encouragement.
(Want to decorate your barn safely this season? Here are some tips on how to do it.)
This festive scene
is more than just another cute animal video. The ponies and donkeys
are residents of Hope Pastures Rescue Centre in Leeds, England. Some
of them come with histories of abuse and are often fearful of humans.
Working with trainers from Connection Training, the staff at Hope
Pastures earn the trust of their four-legged charges. By learning the
tricks seen in this video, the horses’ and donkeys’ natural
curiosity shines through.
“Banjo, the grey
donkey in the video, was incredibly depressed and terrified when I
first met him,” says trainer Hannah Weston. “Seeing him slowly
gain confidence and start to play has been amazing.”
Hope Pastures not
only rescues and rehabilitates horses, ponies, and donkeys, but they
are open to the public with free admission throughout the year so
that people can learn more about the animals and learn about caring
for equines. Find out more about hopepastures.org, and learn more
about Connection Training at connectiontraining.com.
Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. www.lesliepotterphoto.com