Is this the world’s cutest mini foal?
He may be pint- sized, but miniature foal Microdave has been making a giant splash since his birth in mid-june.
The overo colt with blue eyes was just 30cm tall when he was first photographed at three days old, and has quickly become a worldwide media sensation, much to the surprise of his owner and breeder, Jen Baldwin Murphy.
“He was born two weeks early and I was so surprised with how little he was – he’s the first foal I have ever bred,” says Jen, who is based in Kent in England. “When I first stood next to him, his withers were below my knee! He has a huge personality – he comes galloping up to you squealing and then jumps up at you – and if you sit down he throws himself on your lap and bites your feet!
“We had the BBC News come round and he totally ate the interviewer – she was covered in bruises. In fact, he has got so much attention he is now a complete diva and if he was human he would wear dark glasses and refuse to sign autographs!” she told NZ Horse & Pony.
“He’s been so popular — it’s been absolutely non-stop with visitors. I have to check people’s pockets as they leave to check they haven’t stolen him.”
Jen, who is a long-time dressage and showing competitor, has only kept miniature horses for two years. “They’re my relaxation from the big guys,” she says.
She came across Microdave’s sire, an American miniature colt, for sale and bought him as her husband David’s Christmas present. “I called him Little Dave, and always had a plan to breed from him. He has won a lot of championships, and when he passed his stallion grading, David bought me the mare Looking Glass Rustys Red Ribbon, aka Barbie, as she is blonde and blue-eyed.
“The gorgeous Microdave was the result.”
Jen says she had originally planned to sell the foal, but when she saw Microdave’s unusual colouring and blue eyes, she fell in love with him and decided to keep him. “He is going to become a show horse and hopefully a popular breeding stallion,” she says.