Horsing around: Benny blows out 10 candles on his birthday - Readers Photos

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENNY: Charlotte Raffin with her new pony Benny, who is 10 today. She’s helping Benny celebrate along with her brother Jackson and friend Harriette Usher. Photo: MARK LOGAN 0727mlhorse1

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BENNY: Charlotte Raffin with her new pony Benny, who is 10 today. She’s helping Benny celebrate along with her brother Jackson and friend Harriette Usher. Photo: MARK LOGAN 0727mlhorse1

FRIDAY is the big day for horses across Australia and the southern hemisphere when they celebrate their birthday on the same day.

For nine-year-old Charlotte Raffin it is the first time she has spent a birthday with her new pony Benny.

“He’s so lovely. He will be 10 today,” she said.

Charlotte’s parents Todd and Jenny Raffin say they sourced the pony to fulfill their daughter’s dream to own a horse.

“We’ve only had him for a little while but he’s a great pony, terrific with the kids,” Mr Raffin said.

The horse’s birthday has been set down for August 1 to standardise ages for horses, particularly for racing, as it has been historically difficult to keep track of the ages of horses.

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