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Emma Massingale’s New Adventure

 Emma Massingale

Horseboarding the outer Hebrides with Eriskays.

We are delighted to welcome Emma Massingale home from her latest equine experience, after she spent a month with her two young Eriskay ponies horseboarding across the ten islands which make up the Outer Hebrides.

Once again she took the challenge head on, camping out with ponies Noah and Storm and her little dog Inca, foraging and fishing for food as she went.

She says:

 “Wow, what an adventure! The Outer Hebrides are truly breathtaking and there are natural treasures around every corner. Ten islands explored, six causeways crossed and around 185 miles covered! We finished filming at the Butt of Lewis. It was a world first to travel like this and I loved horseboarding with Noah and Storm, while carrying Inca on my back. The Eriskays have learnt a lot - there's nothing like training on the job. I always try and prepare for a trip but until you’re actually living it, you never really know what you have let yourself in for!” 

Emma concluded:

“A big Thank You to my fiancé Jeremy, who helps with all the logistics, leaving me to concentrate on ponies. You can follow our highs and lows on the BBC’s The One Show in the near future – I will announce the date as soon as it is confirmed via my Facebook page”. 

This was Emma’s third equine adventure, where she has taken a native pony breed back to its place of origin.  Firstly she transported her Connemaras to a remote Irish Island for a month; then trekked coast to coast across Scotland with her Highlands; Albert and Ernie went back to the Shetland Islands by sail boat and now the Eriskays have gone back to their roots in the Outer Hebrides.  

Emma has amply demonstrated the mental and physical strengths of each breed and the often surprising ways they are adapted to live and thrive in their native environments.  The majority of indigenous British ponies are endangered - for instance, there are fewer Eriskay ponies than giant pandas and the breed is classed as ‘critically endangered’ by the Rare Breed Survival Trust, with less than 300 in the world. 

Emma is demonstrating in very practical ways just how versatile and low maintenance the various breeds can be, compared to their larger horse equivalents.  Also they are literally built to withstand the challenges of their native environments.

Follow Emma’s latest adventure, to be broadcast in three parts on the One Show later this summer.


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