Horse, dog and pony are best friends and look like siblings thanks to spotted coats

February 3, 2021
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Horse trainer Greetje Arends-Hakvoort has three very similar looking pets – an Appaloosa stallion, a Shetland pony and a Dalmatian dog.

All of these lovely looking animals have stunning black spots, which, their different sizes notwithstanding, make them look almost identical.

Dispite their size and species differences, the animals are best buds and love hanging out together. Mum Greetje, 35, regularly catches them running, training, and having fun. She loves taking the animals out with her seven-year-old daughter Jolie Lune Arends, who enjoys riding Napoleon, the Shetland pony.

Greetje and daughter Jolie with Nevada, Napoleon, Jack Sparrow (Picture: Human Horse Academy / Caters News) Appaloosa horse Nevada, 10, Napoleon, six, and Dalmatian Jack Sparrow, two, regularly stun strangers with their unique matching spots.

Owner Greetje, from Kootwijkerbroek, The Netherlands, said: ‘I have always wanted a Dalmatian dog and I love spotted horses so two of my wishes came together in a special way. ‘Napoleon was actually born at the same time as Jolie so they grew up together and now they are the best of friends.

Greetje said: ‘Napoleon was actually born at the same time as Jolie so they grew up together and now they are the best of friends’ (Picture: Human Horse Academy / Caters News) ‘People always smile when they see the three together; often people refer to the 101 Dalmatians film and it brings up nice childhood memories for them.

‘When Jack was younger, he saw himself as one of the horses and he fits in perfectly. ‘Trust is the key word here; horses thrive when trust exists and they need to feel comfortable and self assured and Jack does exactly that. ‘There’s a lot of horse and dog love there between them.


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