A gigantic shire horse has struck up the most unlikely of little and large partnerships to become inseparable best pals – with a tiny little Shetland pony.
Former show horse Gunner has recently retired and is now winding down at a sleepy farm, where pint-sized pony Steve has taken him under his wing.
Since the pair met their relationship has gone from strength to strength and now they spend almost every waking hour side by side.
Brilliant pictures taken at the farm in Shropshire show them snuggling up to one and other and grazing fields shoulder to shoulder.
The duo make a comical partnership, with gigantic Gunner, who stands a whopping 5ft 6ins tall, towering over small Steve, who is just a little over 3ft.
Gunner is winding down after an illustrious career as a show horse attending events with brewer and hotelier, Daniel Thwaites PLC.
He had to retire recently at the age of just seven, which should be his prime, due to a recurring back problem he suffers from.
Thwaites executive chairman Richard Bailey said: “Gunner is a kind natured horse
and one of our largest Shires who won many people over through his appearances at shows and in our pubs and hotels.
“Of course we’re very sad to see Gunner retire and move on but this story has a