If there’s anything you need to get you through the post-Christmas lull it’s this horse-riding cat.

They may not be the most obvious equestrian duo but as this footage shows, Comet the Pony and Louis the cat as they go on treks together near their home in Devon.

The funny video was shot by professional horse trainer, Emma Massingale, who often finds them nuzzling up together after a day’s riding.

Emma has had Comet, a five-year-old Connemara Pony, for three years and Louis, a six-year-old Siamese cat, for about a year.

She took the video in woodland around 10 miles from her home in Holsworthy, North Devon.

Cat casually goes for a trot on the back of a horse

The footage shows the duo hanging out in the stables before Louis jumps on Comet and the pair head out for a walk.

They can be seen on a leisurely stroll through woodland, crossing a bridge and splashing through a stream before making their way back home.

Emma said: ‘It all started when I was riding Comet and I would just tap my leg and Louis would jump on.

‘Now all I have to do is tap Comet’s back and Louis is straight there. He doesn’t need anymore encouragement than that.

‘Louis rides whenever he likes really, sometimes just in the arena sometimes he comes out for a longer wander. He is a bit of a fare weather rider though as doesn’t like riding in the rain.

Cat casually goes for a trot on the back of a horse
Louis (the cat) is a fair weather rider and doesn’t like going out when it’s raining (Picture: Caters)

‘I often find them nuzzling up together. I think horses like cats because they’re so playful but Comet really likes Louis.

‘It’s nice for them to be able to take in the scenery together and Louis is really confident up there.

‘When he has had enough he’ll just jump off. People often do a double take when they see him out but lots don’t notice him, until he meows.

‘I have to watch out for dogs but Louis seems to like to ride so doesn’t jump down when we are out.’

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.

Cat casually goes for a trot on the back of a horse
The pair are often seen nuzzling up together after a day’s riding (Picture: Caters)

Cat casually goes for a trot on the back of a horse
When he’s had enough he’ll just jump off (Picture: Caters)

She added: ‘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.’


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