It’s one of the world’s smallest horses

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Amazingly there are almost no fake perspective photos, so beloved of the D M to make things bigger, smaller or closer! He is so cute!

Nature is so unpredictible! I haven’t seen anything like this before! Great!

My song has a photo of this horse in his bedroom! He says that he wants to have a horse like this some days!

“18 inches tall? But it’s a real horse?? Wait, what??”

This may be your reaction when you learn about Microdave, one of the world’s smallest horses. He’s an American miniature stallion who was only 12 inches tall when he was born. He lives in Tonbridge, Kent in Southeast England with the lady who raises him, Jen Baldwin-Murphy, plus his mom, Haysden Samber Tiddly. Murphy, who brings 25 years of experience showing dressage horses to the table, has only kept miniature stallions for three years and would have sold the horse. But she fell for his sweet baby blues and couldn’t give Microdave away!

He’s probably not going to run in the national but miniature stallion Microdave is still drawing crowds with his own unique charm — standing just 18 inches high. At just 12 days old, the American miniature stallion is two inches smaller than Einstein, recognised as the world’s smallest horse, and he’s already got a following. He’s just half the size of the average foal for his breed and his owners say he is so popular with visitors that they’ll soon have to start checking people’s pockets before they leave.

Using his adorable size, Microdave runs rings around his mum — Haysden Samber Tiddly — and owner Jen Baldwin-Murphy. Jen, who owns Haysden Liveries near Tonbridge, Kent, said: ‘I still can’t believe how small he is. ‘He’s been so popular with our visitors — it’s been almost non-stop. ‘I have to check people haven’t put him in their pocket.’ Jen’s husband, Dave, bought Microdave’s mother as a present for his wife in 2014.

After being born on June 11 — two weeks early — Jen had to convert her hay barn with low enough doors to fit the tiny colt properly. Jen said: ‘He’s the first foal I’ve owned, but I’ve seen lots — never anything like him. ‘He may be small, but he makes up for it by being bold. And as he gets older, he gets cheekier. ‘It’s impossible to keep him from dashing between fields. I need to put some lower fencing in to keep track of him.

‘We love him but he drives me and his mum frantic. Jen, who has been training and showing dressage horses for almost 25 years, has only kept miniatures for two years. Her original plan had been to sell Microdave once he was born, but on seeing his beautiful blue eyes she has decided to keep him. She said: ‘I do plan to show him. The interest in him already has been incredible. ‘I love keeping miniatures; they’re a respite from the bigger horses.’