Video: Yuletide animals prove Christmas attraction in Leeds

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EQUINE residents at Hope Pastures have been making sure their Christmas tree is hot to trot.

Horses, donkeys and ponies at their home on Weetwood Lane have been caught on film as they take the reins with their festive decorations.

The short video shows the four-legged friends putting up baubles and tinsel and sliding some presents under the tree.

Kim Pengelly, fundraising and PR co-ordinator, said: “The girls do clicker training with them, which is positive reinforcement and sees the animals get a reward for good behaviour.

“All of the animals who do it have been really badly treated in the past and the training is part of their rehabilitation. It helps them get their trust back in humans again.

She added: “It’s great to see them looking so healthy and happy. We are hoping the video goes viral!”

Hope Pastures is a charity and was set up in 1974. It aims to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses, ponies and donkeys that have been abused or mistreated.

It also provides an environment where young people can learn about animal welfare and caring for horses.

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