Is this the world’s cutest mini foal?

NZ Horse & Pony - - Tran­si­tions -

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.

Jen and Mi­cro­dave, who has be­come a me­dia sen­sa­tion since his birth in June

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