New Trunki toy helps with horseplay at Horseworld
PUBLISHED: 14:18 28 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:09 20 February 2013
Princess Penelope, the newest addition to Bristol's Magmatic's Trunki range, had her first day out at Horseworld in Whitchurch, playing an important part in helping rehabilitate some of the horses in the care of the UK's leading equine charity
Princess Penelope, the newest addition to Bristol based firm Magmatics famous Trunki range, has had her first day out at Horseworld in Whitchurch, and played an important part in helping rehabilitate some of the horses in the care of the UKs leading equine charity to boot.
Along with the team from Magmatic, the company responsible for bringing Trunki, the worlds first ride-on suitcase for kids to the tots across the world, Princess Penelope trotted along to Horseworld, for her very first photo shoot.
But the shoot was more than just horseplay as Amy Punter, Fundraising and Communications Assistant from Horseworld explains: Training horses to play games can be a really important part of rehabilitation, as it allows our horses to relax and enjoy being around people again, so we were delighted to be given a new toy for our equines to play with. The Princess Penelope Trunki comes with a handy set of straps normally designed for tots or parents to use to pick her up, but they were also the perfect bite-sized target for our horses to get to grips with.
Horseworld uses a clicker to train the horses among many other training methods. The clicker is a useful tool to shape a behaviour as it pin-points the exact moment the horse got it right. And proving just how effective a training tool it is, within a matter of clicks, both Seth the Ardennes horse and Eeyore the donkey were able to sweep the Penelope Princess Trunki off her feet.
Trunkis Daddy, inventor and MD Rob Law adds: It was amazing to see just how quickly the staff at Horseworld were able to train the horses to pick up our little Penelope Princess Trunki. And having seen firsthand the amazing work they do here, were hoping to be able to work together more in the future.
Horseworlds very own little princess, Shannon Fear (aged 4 from Keynsham) was excited at the opportunity to take part in her first modelling session with Princess Penelope and Arrow, the gorgeous black and white Shetland pony too!