Rabbit Showjumping

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Oh yes, this is a thing. Rabbit showjumping, bunny agility or Kaninhop (rabbit hopping), is an actual sport, which is practiced mostly in Scandinaviancountries. I came across this adorable occupation while researching rabbit enrichment on the internet. Sadly, I have never had the chance to actually witness a competition – as far as I know,it isn’t practiced in Israel or the Netherlands. But we have friends in Sweden, so who knows, we might be able to visit them one day and watch a Kaninhop event! 😉

Apparently, rabbit agility was developed in Sweden in the 1970s and was originally modelled after horse showjumping, but later adjusted to better suit rabbits. I imagine people getting together and going: « Well, it seems that rabbits are a lot smaller than horses, so I suppose we have to downscale the size of the hurdles. » Also, there was the slight but very real problem of…

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