You may have seen this commercial on the telly recently for three.co.uk – a UK mobile broadband provider.
The star of the show is Benston Stud’s miniature 5yo 32.5″ stallion, Milday Socks.
Socks “moonwalks” his way across the majestic Shetland scenery of Eshaness cliffs set to Fleetwood Mac’s classic hit, Everywhere.
The bemused Highland pony behind the stone wall is Hugh, Socks’ best friend. They know each other well.
The tractor is a lovely vintage red diesel engine “Fergie” (Massey Ferguson) driven by Merkisayre Stud’s George Tait.
Elaine, George’s daughter, trained Socks for two weeks before the shoot. She said she taught him to paw the ground, rear, toss or flick his head and back up. She used Monty Roberts’ join-up methods as well as long-reining, whilst getting him used to ignoring a film and production crew whilst on location. I asked her if she were to compare him to a celebrity, who would Socks be and her reply, after some thought, was a young Robbie Williams. Everyone who met and worked with him said that Socks was a cheeky enthusiastic young lad with loads of character.
Socks even had his own internationally acclaimed hairdresser. No, seriously, he did!
This picture was taken of Socks with his breeder at a show as a youngster. It is known as “6 feet in the air…………………..
If you want to find out more, I recommend you visit Shetland Ponies From Shetland where Benston Stud and many other studs are featured.
Shetland is proud of their ponies. They can turn their hoof to most things!