Rescue Ponies and Donkeys Trained to Decorate the Chrismas Tree

Posted by Paige Cerulli

When it's time to decorate the Christmas tree, the ponies and donkeys of Hope Pastures are happy to help out. 

Decorating the Christmas tree is a tradition in most families. Putting up ornaments and lighting Christmas lights can be a fun activity that the whole family can take part in. But at Hope Pastures, the rescue ponies and donkeys decorate the Christmas tree, instead. And it's totally adorable.

Check out these ponies and donkeys as they put decorations on the tree and bring over presents to complete the scene. Sure, they might try to take a nibble out of the ornaments, but with this gang at work you don't have to worry about needing a ladder to reach the top of the tree.

Take a look at this adorable video!


Hope Pastures is a horse rescue located in Leeds. This rescue helps horses, ponies, and donkeys who are abused and in need of new homes. Additionally, Hope Pastures helps to educate young people about animals, animal welfare, and social responsibility. The rescue is entirely funded by donations and works hard to change animals' lives.

It took some training to get these horses and donkeys to decorate the Christmas tree. Many horses that have been abused do well with positive reinforcement training. Connection Training advocates for a positive, reward-based form of training, and uses a science-based approach to communicate with horses. Connection Training can help to improve a horse's performance, solve problems, and even build confidence in your horse. Connection Training is available as an online resource, meaning riders anywhere in the world can put the methods to use.

Training a horse is an activity which requires patience, observation, and some knowledge. The more that you can learn about how horses think and react, the better a trainer you will be. If you'd like to start training your horse, the best place to start is with an experienced trainer who can show you certain methods so that you and your horse both stay safe.

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Rescue Ponies and Donkeys Trained to Decorate the Chrismas Tree