Did you know that a horse makes over 55 lbs of poop in one day, 70 tons in a year! For the last year we had 23 horses to care for. That is a lot of poop. Thanks to our friends at No Worries Contracting (firstname.lastname@example.org) , our manure and used straw from the horse stalls is now being used to make compost. It’s environmentally friendly and NWC are generously donating a portion of their sales of compost, and manure mix to Prairie Animal Assistance.
Below are some video clips of some of the horses doing tricks — they enjoy learning new things. One of the horses is learning to pick up pop cans and put them in the recycling bin.
The horses show off some fun new tricks (video link)
Fancy’s Story (click to read)
Learning to do tricks was one of the important elements of teaching a young horse to stop kicking and biting.
————————————————————————————————————————–Training a shy rabbit (video link)
We have been working with a shy rabbit to help her realize that being touched by people is cool. We have been using counterconditioning and clicker training to accoplish our goals and she is now relaxed around people. After watching the clip, you may wonder what tricks have to do with helping a shy animal become more confident. Actually, the animal doing the tricks is often so focused on what she is doing that she forgets to be afraid she is near a person and it helps change her emotional reaction to people from negative to positive. Also, many of the “tricks” such as coming when called and going into a crate are very useful for moving around an animal who isn’t ready to be touched yet.
Some of the cats having fun in the arena