Britain’s foremost horse trainer Emma Massingale has embarked on a new adventure, taking her Shetland ponies, Albert and Ernie, back to their native homeland to meet a wild native Shetland herd and explore the islands.
In the traditional Shetland Island style, Emma loaded Albert and Ernie, two of the UK’s smallest breed, on to a little motor boat and sailed them to the islands, located northeast of mainland Scotland, battling high winds and large pods of Orcas.
Once in the Shetland Isles, Emma used her relationship and trust with Albert and Ernie, and no equipment, to interact with local wild ponies.
Shetland ponies have existed in the Shetland Isles for over 2000 years. Excavations on the islands have revealed the bones of small ponies from as far back as the Bronze age! No place in Shetland is further than four miles from the sea and it is legendary that during the worst winters, lack of grazing would drive some ponies to forage for seaweed along the shores.
This isn't the first time Emma's taken ponies back to the highlands - she's done it before as part of a previous adventure for BBC's The One Show.
Emma is a specialist and professional horse trainer, having developed her own unique way of communicating with herds of horses in unison. In addition to working with horses, Emma is an adventurer with a passion for climbing, she has traversed theFrench and Swiss Alps and the cliffs of the UK.
Her latest adventure will be shown as a 2 part segment series on BBC1’s The One Show on February 22nd, 2017. Be sure to tune in!