Rundown ponies treated hot stone massages, face masks and a dip in the hot tub at uk ‘horse spa’

These hot and bothered ponies have been treated to a pamper day – including face masks and a dip in the hot tub at this UK ‘horse spa’. 

Pampered ponies, Albert and Ernie, were ready to put their best hooves forward following the session which was set up by their owner, Emma Massingale and took place in the back garden of her Devon home. 

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The 35-year-old professional horse trainer decided to treat the duo after the recent heatwave left them feeling hot and bothered. 

The ponies enjoyed a mud mask and a clay mask, complete with cooling cucumbers for the eyes, as well as a curl and set blow dry. 

They also had their hooves painted with special animal friendly clear nail varnish and enjoyed a hot stone massage followed by a refreshing dip in the hot tub. 

Albert and Ernie clearly enjoyed the rest and relaxation and remarkably can be seen standing and lying perfectly still during their treatments in this funny footage shot by Emma.

Emma, from Holsworthy, North Devon, said: “The weather has been so hot for them recently and I haven’t been able to do their normal training so I thought, what can I do with them that they will enjoy. That’s when I came up with the spa idea. 

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“They were absolutely loving it. 

“I gave Ernie a clay mask and Albert a mud mask, horses love rolling around in mud so it was just an extension of that really. Although I did have to cut the cucumbers length ways though so they were big enough for their eyes. 

“I left the stones out in the sun to warm them up and they just lay there for ages enjoying it. 

“Funnily enough the curlers did actually leave a nice wave too.

“A few people have asked how you get a horse into a hot tub but I just asked Ernie to jump in and he did. 

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“The only problem was he enjoyed it so much he wouldn’t get out. I had to just get in there with him in the end.”

Emma also works with troubled horses and is the first British person to have developed a language that is so well understood by horses that she can communicate with herds at anyone time and can carry out complex exercises and manoeuvres working as a team.

She added: “Any time spent with an animal interacting like that and doing something they enjoy is beneficial. 

“It’s all about building relationships and they loved every second.

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“I have had horses all my life, my godmother gave me my first pony at six months old, a welsh mountain pony called Minnie. 

“Like many young girls I started riding before I could walk.”