My little ponies!
My tiny horses have BIG personalities
Size isn’t everything. Isn’t that the saying? And I realised the truth of it six years ago...
I’ve been training show horses for 25 years, and was looking for a new one to take on the circuit.
I usually went for big horses. But, looking on a website, I fell in love with an American miniature called Little Dave.
‘He looks fun!’ I grinned to my husband David.
I was excited to meet the little fella – and we bought him.
Training him up, our plucky Little Dave turned out to be a strong competitor on the show circuit, particularly in the mini high jump.
We mated him with mini mare Barbie, and, in June 2015, Micro Dave was born.
At just 13in tall, he certainly lived up to his name!
I posted a photo of him on Facebook, and very soon his diminutive stature became the talk of the Internet!
I had visitors and paparazzi showing up at our stables, looking to catch a snap of Micro Dave, who loved every second.
‘He’s lapping up all the attention!’ laughed David.
Micro Dave’s new-found fame also earned him mentions on ITV’S Good Morning Britain and The Jonathan Ross Show!
But his celebrity status wasn’t all good, as Micro Dave soon became a massive brat…
He’d gallop up to people, get right in their faces and generally act like a loon.
The visitors loved it – but it wouldn’t win him any points with the horse-show judges! So I had to stop all visitors to the stables, and get my famous foal in shape for the shows.
It was no mean feat, as the cheeky miniature was much harder to train than any of the bigger horses. But, soon enough, Micro Dave proved a winner, and clocked up a good 20 championships in two years.
In the colour classes – where horses are judged based on colour, movement and build – he even went up against full-sized stallions and won!
But he still had time for his fans. Complete strangers would recognise him at shows, and he always had time for a selfie.
‘That’s Micro Dave!’ I’d hear people whispering.
Earlier this year, we mated Little Dave with a Falabella mini mare called Rockstar.
And, in May, Micro Dave’s little sister was born, standing just 15in tall – the size of a bowling pin!
We named her Micro Boo, and she turned out to be just as sassy as her big bro. She’s a right cheeky little mare! She’s even taken it upon herself to trot up to the house unannounced on a few occasions.
This year, Micro Boo made her competitive debut, and nabbed Foal of the Year, making it three years in a row for my horses. Micro Dave and Micro Boo were once amongst the smallest horses in the country, but they’ve grown now, standing at 31in and 19in respectively!
I’ve had so many offers from folk who want to buy my mini ponies, but I wouldn’t sell them for all the money in the world.
They’ve got their fair share of fans. But no-one could love them more than I do.
I had paparazzi showing up at our stables!