[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 December 2006, 16:12 GMT
Horse sleeps under Christmas tree
The 17-hand stallion used to have behavioural problems

A skilled equine psychologist says she has trained her horse to curl up under a Christmas tree in her living room for a series of festive cards.

Emma Massingale, 24, from Bradworthy in west Devon, convinced Tom, a 17-hand black stallion, to become a model.

Other photographs in the festive series include a foal wrapped in a blanket as the baby Jesus, surrounded by three adult horses as the Three Wise Men.

"I can't believe the amount of interest I've had," she said.

'Very dangerous'

"It was just an idea I had to raise awareness of my business. I've already had thousands of orders."

Ms Massingale has been an equine psychologist who retrains problem horses for six years.

Tom, the cover model in the cards, was sent to her 18 months ago by his owner, an 11-year-old girl.

"He was very dangerous before - he used to buck her off - but now he competes in one-day events and has won local competitions," she said.

All money raised from the Christmas cards will go to Brooke, a welfare charity that cares for retired horses abroad.




RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific