Buddy and Chilli nuzzle up together.
Buddy and Chilli nuzzle up together. Adam Head

Meet Chilli and Buddy, the best friends on the farm

WE'RE not horsing around - this retired racing thoroughbred's best mate really is a backyard chook.

It sounds like the opening to a corny joke, but in the Gold Coast hinterland suburb of Worongary, Buddy spends his days hanging out with Chilli, a five-year-old chicken.

 

Best friends: Buddy the horse and Chilli the chicken.
Best friends: Buddy the horse and Chilli the chicken. Adam Head

After an unspectacular racing career of three starts for three last places under the name of Grand Liar, Buddy was bought by the Stoopman family where he enjoyed a more successful stint in dressage and show competitions.

Now 16 and living comfortably in retirement, Buddy has grown fond of Chilli, one of the family chooks. Sometimes Chilli will even jump up for a bareback ride.

 

Chilli goes for a ride on best mate Buddy.
Chilli goes for a ride on best mate Buddy. Adam Head

Owner Krystal Stoopman said the duo seemed to genuinely enjoy each other's company.

"I let the chickens out and they always end up down in the horse stable and Buddy and Chilli just sort of got drawn to each other," she said.

"If I pick Chilli up, Buddy will come over and want to give her a cuddle.

"He's a very friendly horse."

News Corp Australia


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