Charlie has stepped into the world and is looking for playmates in the backyard.
Charlie has stepped into the world and is looking for playmates in the backyard.

Newcomer confuses the locals



ROCKY is a very confused dog at the moment.

There is a new animal called Charlie in his yard, but he just can't seem to work out what it is.

To Rocky, the newcomer smells and looks like a horse, but it is the same size as a dog.

Charlie, a shetland pony/miniature horse cross, was born early on new year's eve morning and is only the height of a middle-sized dog.

Fluffy, soft and cute, Charlie resembles a tiny grey donkey.

He is the first foal for Dixie, a shetland pony that South Grafton residents Peter and Yvonne Hasler have had for about four years.

"Rocky's still afraid of it ? he just can't seem to work out what Charlie is," said Mrs Hasler.

"We just got Dixie for a pet; that's what Charlie will be. I think we'll keep him."

Charlie's dad is a miniature horse named Mr Malo ? another animal that the Haslers keep as a pet at their property.

Mr Hasler said Charlie had another six months or so to feed from his mum's milk but it was likely he would only grow to about nine hands tall.

? Emma Cornford



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