This two- day course combines the latest knowledge about caring for donkeys with practical hands on experience of 48 years of the Donkey Sanctuary. Understanding how donkeys relate to their environment and communicate is critical to training and management. We will start this course by examining the basic equine senses and communication. We will also focus on self-knowledge and personal development and how it has influence in our relationship with equines when we interact with them. Then we will discuss normal and abnormal behaviors and the basic psychology used in training.
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Not all the animals at El Rocio are abused, and there is some incredible horsemanship on display, but it is the rented animals that appear to suffer the most. Most of these animals are old, tired, undernourished, full of open wounds and rented non-stop. Such was the poor state of some animals that 9 of them have been confiscated.
One more year, El Refugio del Burrito displays an operation to ensure animal welfare during El Rocío Pilgrimage.
With over one million participants and close to 120 brotherhoods, El Rocío is the largest pilgrimage in the Western world. The worshippers will undertake the journey to the chapel of El Rocío (Almonte, Huelva) in carts decorated with colours and ribbons and riding horses, mules and other equines. More than 20,000 animals will accompany them.
We are currently taking special care of a newborn foal who is starting life with a struggle.
Indiana, the little foal, was born under our care last week and has found it difficult to suckle. The first hours of life are crucial and his life was clearly at risk. His mother, Strawberry, was rescued by the Sanctuary while she was pregnant, along with another donkey called Cacahuete.
Jasmin could barely walk due to the lenght of her hooves. She has been neglected for 13 years.
A citizen from Monturque (Cordoba) called us very worry about the situation of this poor donkey. The animal had her hooves so overgrown that she could barely walk and her life was at risk.
In this video you can see her progress.
Are you in South Spain this Christmas? Do you feel like spending a day surrounded by nature and equines and learning more about this beautiful animals?
On the 29, 30 and 31 of December from 11am to 1pm we will offer guided tours with grooming sessions in our Sanctuary in Fuente de Piedra (Malaga)