Several years ago a miniature horse named Spanky was rescued and taken to Horse Creek Ranch in Washington State. He was just two years old and was not a happy guy. For one thing he was quite overweight. The first few weeks with the people of Rother Horsemanship were kicked and bitten. A year of special training made Spanky a changed horse. He was well socialized and happier -- though he was still a bit of a "naughty" horse.
Spanky needed a sort of "purpose" in his life so trainer Francesca Carsen began teaching him simple tricks such as bow, lie down, and roll over. During this time Steve Rother and Francesca brought home a Jack Russell Terrier puppy. No one wanted her because she had been the runt of her litter. They named her Dally and soon found that she was fascinated with Spanky and would intently watch him training with Francesca.
One day, when Dally was just six moths old, she used a stool to hop up on Spanky's back to get a better idea of what was going on. From that moment on the pair was inseparable. Dally has become an accomplished rider and can even go with Spanky during jumps without falling off. That means that this cute little dog can ride a horse better than most of us. These days she doesn't need a stool to mount her trusty steed.
Dally and Spanky aren't the only Horse Creek Ranch besties anymore. Steve and Francesca have also adopted another miniature horse named Jet and another Jack Russell Terrier named Boots. All four of the animals are good friends and love to hang out together. After all, all of humans know that both horses (of all sizes) and Jack Russell Terriers are incredibly intelligent and like minds seek each other out.
Dally and Spanky are the stars of their own book: The Great Adventures of Dally and Spanky: The true story of a rescued miniature horse and a Jack Russell puppy. The book is loaded with photos of the amazing pair. They were also made into a model by Breyer Horses in 2017. Sadly, this model is no longer for sale -- unless you can find it as a collectible.
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