Our Animal Friends

 

Rubin

Rubin, our herd leader (23 years old) can only be ridden intermittently, due to a coach accident. Approximately 3 years ago, 50 cm was removed from his intestines because of cancer.

Kind mit Rubin

During riding tuition, he needs to be very thoroughly groomed for a long time, which is something hereally enjoys. The children can only ride him for a short time, after which he is allowed to have a rest. In order to stay fit, he goes with us into the paddock as a near horse. For the children it is always a very special moment when they are allowed to ride on the herd leader.

 

Sunny

Sunny, our "throat whistle" has breathing problems on hot days when galloping. 
Her breathlessness can be compared with that of an asthmatic. She has already had two throat operations.

But we love her just as she is, we take her breathing problems into consideration and, when necessary, only ride her at walking pace.

 

Franzi

What would we have done without our good old sheepdog Franzi! She had suffered from cancer of the bladder for more than 7 years and years ago her hips also started to make walking difficult. We have learned to treasure her as a very special gift from heaven, as she proved time and again to the children that the most different types of animal can live happily together, and that peace is an amazingly valuable and healing treasure. We will never forget her.

 

Luigi

Luigi, our 15 year old quarter mix, broke his first cervical vertibra when he was a foal. When we bought him as a small yearling with his lopsided head, we didn't know if we would ever be able to ride him. We slowly and gently broke him in over many years, giving him lots of floor work and "physiotherapy" for his spine, and it paid off. The delicate gelding was transformed into a powerful, unrivalled reliable horse worth his weight in gold (and that adds up to quite a lot!!!).

We take his spine into account and treasure his wonderful characteristics:

  • absolute reliability in road traffic, in the open country (and in the kitchen)
  • his patience of a saint, especially with children and beginner riders
  • and above all the amazing trust which he shows in us.

For this we are especially grateful.

Luigi lives in the open stall at (and sometimes in) our house and from the very beginning he been a member of the family.

From Luigi we have learned that trust cannot simply be bought, you have to earn it.
A rider must continually practice putting himself in a horse's hooves.

Sometimes you can only progress further in the training, if you patiently wait a while or courageously take a few steps backwards. This training often means hard work, above all on yourself, because a good trainer needs strong nerves and a lot of patience. The effort is comparable with diligently learning a foreign language. No one is spared the cramming of vocabulary and the repetitions of grammar rules. When the word pool is established then a declaration of love, for example, can be made in the foreign language, which may succeed not just in overcoming barriers but also in moving mountains - in a magical way.

Marlene and Luigi (both 15 years old in the picture) have basically grown up together as foals like brother and sister. By looking after them properly, consistent floor work and a loving "horse sense", a very strong trust relationship has developed between the two of them over the years.

 

Leila

Leila, our silky fowl hen, has never laid an egg in her entire life, which is probably the reason why the cock expelled her from his brood. Her reactions are not exactly the quickest and she usually gives the impression of being rather clumsy, but we love her just as she is anyway, and enjoy her pretty appearance and her friendliness towards people.

Jeronimo

After two years of homeopathic treatment, Jeronimo's open tumour was finally healed, but the four year-old could not be ridden for almost 3 years because he was poisoned by plants (fresh ash-tree buds) found in the pile of cut branches at our riding ring. During floor work he worked enthusiastically and eagerly and is therefore at least a horse's length in front of the other horses.

 
 
 

We want to show that it is possible to experiences the joys of life

despite a disability or illness!

 
 

 

We invite everyone to join with us to forge a new direction in handling animals, and to travel with us along this wonderful journey, always learning and discovering something new.


We have gathered our experiences in handling animals into an easy-to-understand and thoroughly exciting and perceptive book "The Magical Horse Book", together with many colour photographs and beautiful illustrations. These experiences include how to understand and speak the language of horses, how a rider can learn to be acknowledged as the "lead stallion", how to work with "invisible magic reins" (guiding and "longeing" without rope or halter), how to look after horses properly; basic knowledge about horses' hooves (because a horse can only enjoy working with us when it can walk without pain...).

 

Das magische Pferdebuch

(only available in German language!)
Amaro Verlag
ISBN 978-3-00-024436-0   
€ 24,90

 

Keeping Rabbits

Our rabbits live together (group husbandry) in an outdoor enclosure with an integrated rabbit hutch.

We only take rabbits into the house if we are rehabilitating animals during the winter who have formerly always been kept inside (house husbandry). They live inside during the cold season in rooms which are however only minimally heated. Even indoors we make sure these little rodents have plenty of opportunity to move around, with a ramp made out of variable fencing elements.

At the Amaro Stables, children learn to identify with a rabbit and never to pick or lift it up against its will because that frightens the animal, but to observe and wait until it finally comes to them of its own accord, to collect a treat from the child's hand. Normally this works very quickly, particularly with delicacies such as carrots, apple slices, drops, etc.

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By looking after the rabbit properly, approaching it respectfully and giving it loving care in surroundings free of fear, the animal soon starts to build up trust with the owner, gradually loses its shyness and finally becomes a plucky rabbit who will even come when called. 

Our plucky rabbits come when they are called and explore their surroundings with curiosity. They will always be obliging when the reward is a delicious treat to munch.

geigerin

Leonie, our white ram appeared to be very interested in Vivaldi. But it wasn't long before we noticed that it was the delicious wood of the violin which had really taken her fancy, she wasn't able to restrain her in-born urge to gnaw any longer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our dogs have learned that our rabbits also belong to the family - or the pack -and must not be touched under any circumstances. The rabbits are treasured just like the puppies of the highest-ranking she-wolf, who would defend her offspring with her life if necessary.

An owner must therefore teach his dog that, being the alpha "dog", the owner decides who will and who will not be tolerated within the pack. As "highest ranking wolf", the owner must insist that his instructions are strictly obeyed, for order and peace to reign within the community.

We have summarised our experiences with rabbits - how to look after them properly, getting them used to other pets (dogs, cats...), rehabilitating them from an animal sanctuary to a new home, feeding tips, how to turn a scaredy rabbit into a plucky rabbit, and much more - in our beautifully illustrated book Marvin der Muthase ("Marvin the Plucky Rabbit"), including many wonderful animal photographs.

In this very special guidebook, Marvin - a former "Easter Rabbit" - tells you not only his exciting true-life story as an Easter Rabbit, in the animal sanctuary and with his new foster family, but also explains in a sensitive way what rabbits really need.

"Marvin the Plucky Rabbit" has been recommended by the German Society for the Protection of Animals(see "du und das tier" 2/2009)as "...an outstandingly work", and is an absolute must for all rabbit owners, those who think they would like to own one, or simply a wonderful present for animal lovers young or old.

Marvin der Muthase

(only available in German language)
Amaro Verlag
ISBN 978-3-00-024437-7
€ 14,90

 

Die Katzen

Here you can watch a video about our cat - have fun!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9CjUhomOyg

 

 

Trust is something very valuable.
It isn't just given to you,
first you have to earn it
and that often means hard work,
above all, on yourself.

 
Angela Mayr
 
 
 

"Animal welfare means
education in humanity"


Albert Schweitzer
 
 

 

"The greatness of a nation

can be measured
in the way it treats its animals"

Mahatma Gandhi