There's something fascinating about watching horses interact with one another. Whether they are galloping through the pasture or grazing in the shade, we could stare at horses playing with one another for hours. But have you ever watched horses interact with other animals around the farm? Two of our favorite unlikely friendship combinations are horses and dogs and horses and cats. We decided to round up a bunch of pictures of horses hanging out with dogs and cats to make you smile. Enjoy!
Let's get things started with two mini horses playing with a cat. Notice how relaxed the feline looks and how curious the mini on the right is. It almost looks as if they're talking to each other!
Sometimes horses are more curious than canines! Just look at this nosey equine below...
According to an ABC News article from April 18, 2020, dogs and horses mimic one another when they play together.
This is based on a study in which they examined hundreds of YouTube videos of dogs and horses. The article states that the scientists observed some similarities in the two animals' playing habits. For example, both dogs and horses seemed to display relaxed, open mouths when look ing one another. This is a facial expression that is often associated with playfulness in animals.
According to CattitudeDaily.com, in their article 5 Reasons Why Cats And Horses Make Purrfect Friends, horses and cats aren't all that different despite their size and temperament.
One similarity is that they are both highly sensitive creatures. They are often driven by fear, and things like loud sounds and sudden movements can have a significant effect on both animals.
If there's one thing we've noticed from looking at pictures of horses and cats it's that cats seem to enjoy their time spent on horseback, at least when the horse isn't moving. Look at how peaceful these two cats seem on top of their big fluffly four-legged friend.
Even dogs are able to touch a horse's back without any issues. At least, in this picture, the horse certainly doesn't seem to mind.
Just look at the smiles on these two silly friends below! Aren't horses and cats just the most entertaining pair?
Okay, now back to some more dogs. We think it's pretty clear from the pictures below that horses and dogs make for wonderful photographs. We could just stare at these all day!
Okay, so maybe this horse isn't exactly interacting with the cat below. Or, who knows, maybe they're ignoring the cat. Either way, we can't get enough of this curious little cat and how they look at the horse. Just look at that size difference!
We just love watching horses and dogs run! And when they're running side by side, it's even better. Who do you think would win in a race? A horse or a dog?
Sometimes dogs and horses even like to run together in the snow!
This picture shows two horses running alongside a canine friend. I wonder who started running first!
Another animal that can be friendly to horses is the goat. Take a look at our popular article 4 Reasons Every Horse Farm Needs A Goat for more information about how horses and goats can get along.
Which of these pictures of dogs, cats and horses was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
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