Note: This text would have been used in a patent application, but the Patent and Trademark Office has let us down.  Lobbyists and Congress weakened patent protections with the America Invents Act, and patent trolls from big business simply litigate with individual inventors until they get what they want.1. At this writing, the PTO averages 16.1 months before it takes the first action on a patent application, and 25.7 months to process the average application. Over 500,000 patent applications are now awaiting examination2 Field of the Invention The invention is in the field of animal husbandry, and in particular the husbandry of horses and ponies. Background Confined animals often develop anxiety, and sometimes fall into “repetition compulsion disorder” or “stereotypy”. Stereotypies are defined as…