For the average pet rabbit, the daily routine involves nothing more strenuous than chomping on a carrot.
But life is very different for the Haslam household’s six showjumping bunnies.
Under the guidance of twins Mathew and Thomas, they have learned to leap over miniature fences in the back garden.
The 15-year-olds, who live in Doncaster, have owned rabbits for nine years, but decided to teach them to ’showjump’ after being inspired by a video on the YouTube website.
They set up obstacles in their garden and encouraged the pets to bounce over them by leading them on a leash.
The boys’ mother Brenda, 46, said: ‘I think the whole thing is brilliant.
‘The boys love rabbits so we have always kept them and they have been brought up with them.’
Both boys have Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of autism, and working with the rabbits – often for seven hours a day – has helped with their condition.
Mathew said: ‘We are really excited about the finals. We just hope our rabbits don’t get stage fright on the day.’
Link: The Daily Mail Online.