Horse Hero
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Horse Hero

Ada, Michigan


Goodbar the miniature horse really galloped to the rescue to help Rosie the briard sheepdog. Missing for three days, Rosie somehow ended up in Goodbar’s pasture. But the dog was unable to get past the electric fence to go home.


SCARED PUP  Goodbar found the frightened canine and huddled over Rosie to keep her away from the electric fence. Then the horse began licking the dog to comfort her. “A horse’s natural reaction would be to run from strange animals,” says Goodbar’s owner, Jen Groters. “But I think Goodbar figured this dog was scared or hurt.”

A HELPING HOOF  Groters knew the dog hiding under Goodbar belonged to a neighbor and wanted to get her home. But the terrified canine refused to budge. So Goodbar gently nosed Rosie toward Groters, a nudge at a time. “It took 45 minutes to move her 25 feet,” Groters says. Looks like Goodbar knows how to use his horse sense! 


Text by Robin Terry 
Photographs by Alexia Khruscheva and Arwyn, Dreamstime

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