The Odd Couple: Meet the Cat That Gets Around by Riding on Horseback
The sight of Comet the pony and Louis the cat may appear strange at first, but they are the best of friends as the feline gets around with a little help from her much larger friend.
In video filmed by horse trainer, Emma Massingale, who often finds the friends nuzzling up together after a day of riding, Louis walks across a stone partition inside a stable in Devon, England, and jumps onto Comet’s back and goes for a ride.
The video, provided by Caters, shows the unlikely duo on a stroll through the woods, crossing a bridge and gingerly walking through a stream before making their way back home.
“It all started when I was riding Comet and I would just tap my leg and Louis would jump on," Massingale told Caters News. "Now all I have to do is tap Comet's back and Louis is straight there. He doesn't need any more encouragement than that. Louis rides whenever he likes really.”
She added that Louis doesn’t like riding in the English rain but does enjoy cuddling with his much larger friend.
“I often find them nuzzling up together. I think horses like cats because they're so playful but Comet really likes Louis. It's nice for them to be able to take in the scenery together and Louis is really confident up there. When he has had enough he'll just jump off,” she said.
She says that the combination of a cat on top of a horse surprises many in town.
“People often do a double take when they see him out, but lots don’t notice him, until he meows,” she added.