Thrill seeking horserider masters Roman riding

08:00 25 July 2014

Emma Massingale carrying out her Roman riding techniques.

Emma Massingale carrying out her Roman riding techniques.

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Bradworthy horse rider overcomes paralysis to command up to 12 horses while standing on their backs.

Emma Massingale carrying out her Roman riding techniques.Emma Massingale carrying out her Roman riding techniques.

A BRADWORTHY woman who was nearly paralysed in a horse riding accident in 2011 has got back in the saddle and is now a master at Roman riding.

Thrill seeker and equine behaviourist Emma Massingdale, 31, reaches speeds of up to 20mph whilst standing on two cantering horses.

Roman riding has no reins or other tackle; the horses are controlled using voice commandments alone in an ancient skill known as ‘liberty’.

Emma, who took two years to master the skill, can control up to 12 horses in this way and is now spearheaded a revival of the art of liberty to train troubled horses.

“Roman riding and liberty are two of the most challenging disciplines in horsemanship, and if I said that what I do isn’t a little bit scary, I’d be lying,” said Emma.

“I am yet to find anything on earth quite as exhilarating as charging around, seven-feet-up, on the back of a herd of horses with nothing to control them expect your training and confidence.”

Emma now hopes to share her skills internationally with her new Extreme Equestrian Roman Riding Liberty Team.

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