A little Jack Russell’s charming relationship with a miniature horse left viewers touched this evening.
Adorable scenes on ITV’s Britain’s Top Dogs saw dog Dallie riding on the back of horse Spankie.
Their owner was left stunned by the bond, which seemed to calm down the temperamental horse.
Suffolk-born Francesca Carson moved to the US state of Washington and got Jack Russell Dallie.
Later, however, Francesca took on rescue horse Spankie, who was "unmanageable" and even kicked and bit people and other animals.
Dallie enjoys riding on Spankie’s back
The pair have bonded
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Admitting that she didn’t know what to do with him, Francesca revealed that Dallie often watched her train Spankie and was "fascinated".
However no one expected what came next…
One day Dallie hopped on his back
Dallie’s affection for Spankie was a form of therapy for him
"One day after an exercise session she just hopped on her back," Francesca revealed. "At first I was quite worried that she might just get bucked off or he might run off. But Spankie seemed to like it."
Queue adorable footage of Spankie trotting around with the little Jack Russell on his back.
"He hadn’t really formed a bond with any other animal before, so Dallie’s affection for Spankie was a form of therapy for him," Francesca said. "Dallie really helped Spankie’s behaviour."
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