Horse thinks he’s a dog

A tiny foal rejected by its mother thinks he is a dog after being raised with two Labradors. Little Rory was taken in by a horse sanctuary when he was a just day old after his mother rejected him. The poor pony was nursed back to health by devoted staff and the sanctuary’s dogs picking up some surprising habits as a result, including chasing sticks and frisbees and drinking from a dog bowl.

Sue Allery, manager of the Essex Horse and Pony sanctuary said: ‘He was tiny when he came in, half the size of the dogs.

“He wouldn’t take milk from a bottle so we had to put it in a dog bowl.”

“We used to cuddle him on our laps and he’d fall fast asleep.”

“Because he was so small he slept in the office on duvet and the dogs and cats curled up with him.” The critically-ill pony had to be fed every 15 minutes and cost a huge amount in vets bills before he was deemed to be out of danger. ‘He loves the dogs because they are the same size as him, he thought he was a dog. One of the Labradors Millie particularly loves him because she is young too. They play together like puppies, pushing each other and chasing each other.

Now he has recovered from his brush with death, three-month-old Rory will only grow to nine hands tall. Ms Allery said: “As soon as he was well enough we started stabling him, he got to be a proper pony now and do pony things.” “We can’t state the importance of him being a pony, for his own sake he’s got to learn he’s a horse.”

‘He came from a fantastic and loving home but we came to love him so much we asked them if he could stay with us. We absolutely adore him.’

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