With “Barn Buddies,” The Trail of Painted Ponies is blazing a new trail: it is the artistic depiction of the special relationship that horses have with different species…. Friends come in all shapes and sizes, especially when it applies to equines and felines. They share a purrfect bond. Why? Horses are hardwired to be herd animals, so they thrive better with a buddy that helps keep them socially engaged. Cats in the barn help to keep rodents away from the feed. Whatever the reason, they’re buds.