This unlikely pair of showstoppers travel the country performing tricks for delighted onlookers.
Spanky, a 7-year-old miniature horse, and his pal Dally – a 6-year-old Jack Russell – were rescued by horse trainer Francesca Carson and have worked together since.
‘Dally would always sit and watch while I was training Spanky and then one day she just leaped up onto Spanky’s back – on that day their friendship really started,’ explains Francesca.
‘It’s really special to see the trust they have between each other – it’s remarkable for a horse to allow a dog to jump on him whenever he wants.
‘When it is showtime Dally gets really excited and loves to show off in front of the crowds. She loves riding on Spanky’s back as she can see a lot more when higher up.’
Francesca, who lives on a ranch near Spokane in Washington, rescued Spanky when he was just 2 years old and has 10 other horses at her home.
‘Sometimes Spanky – who is just 32in tall – likes to run fast but he never does when she is on him,’ adds Francesca.
‘She gets really protective of him and growls when other dogs get too close to him.
‘Along with performing together they also drink and eat together – they’re really close friends.’
The horse riding dog and the miniature horse perform their tricks across America and have even appeared on the iconic Late Show with David Letterman.