Animals Video

By Hayley Pugh


This might not be the most traditional Santa’s sleigh you’ll see this year but with donkeys and an inflatable unicorn, it certainly looks like the most fun.

Rescue donkeys, eight-year-old Walter and nine-year-old Willow, seem more than happy to make an ass of themselves as they race across the snow pulling owner Emma Massingale.

Emma, a professional horse trainer from Holsworthy, North Devon, can be seen sitting in a giant inflatable unicorn and clinging on for dear life as the donkeys take her on a bumpy ride.

The 37-year-old, who rescued Walter and Willow 18 months ago, even took a tumble during the hilarious stunt.

She said: It was great fun. I have never laughed so much in my life.

“Everyone thinks donkeys move really slowly but they were actually quite quick.

“People also often think of them as a bit dopey but they are really funny and mischievous.

“The inflatable unicorns kept popping on rocks and brambles but I use them for training exercises so luckily I had several to hand.”

Emma is the first British person to have developed a language that is so well understood by horses that she can communicate with herds of horses at anyone time.

She added: “Walter and Willow came to me in a terrible state but I have had so much fun getting to know them.

“I wanted to see what similarities there were between donkeys and horses. There are a few, but donkeys are a lot harder to read.”