Horse Spa: Ponies treated to face masks, and hot stone massages!

We know life can be a bit hectic at times, but have you ever spared a thought for the horses among us?

Don’t even tell you’re stressed before you’ve been ridden around a paddock, transported down the M1 in a horsebox or had shoes nailed to your feet. Come back when you’ve dealt with a mild Polo addiction.

If you think you deserve a luxe spa experience, then your nearest horse certainly does.

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Frazzled horses should get themselves to Emma Massingale’s home in Holsworth, North Devon, after she set up a spa for her ponies in her back garden.

Albert and Ernie were treated to a mud mask and clay mask (complete with cooling cucumbers for their eyes), as well as a curl and set blow dry, a hot stone massage and a refreshing dip in the hot tub.

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‘I thought, what can I do with them that they will enjoy,’ explains Emma, of her DIY spa. ‘That’s when I came up with the spa idea. They were loving it. ‘I gave Ernie a clay mask and Albert a mud mask, horses love rolling around in mud. ‘Although I did have to cut the cucumbers, so they were big enough for their eyes.’

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‘I left the stones out in the sun to warm them up and they just lay there for ages enjoying it,’ says Emma. ‘Funnily enough the curlers did actually leave a nice wave too.’

A few people asked how you get a horse into a hot tub, but I just asked Ernie to jump in’ Emma continues. ‘The only problem was he enjoyed it so much he wouldn’t get out.’

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As well as making ponies feel pretty, Emma also works with troubled horses and is the first British person to have developed a language that is so understood by horses that she can communicate with herds at any time.

‘Any time spent with an animal interacting like that and doing something they enjoy is beneficial,’ she says. ‘It’s all about building relationships. ‘I have had horses all my life, my godmother gave me my first pony at six months old. ‘Like many young girls I started riding before I could walk.’

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