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Your morning adorable: Miniature horse foal plays ball

September 13, 2010 | 11:58 am

We are beyond smitten with Patch, a miniature horse foal who, at the tender age of two weeks, already has soccer skills that giant pandas can only dream of. Patch's toy of choice is an inflatable exercise ball, which only looks giant because he's so tiny himself.

We just can't get enough of horses -- be they miniature or full-size -- who don't let the fact that they have four legs and lack opposable thumbs get in the way of their fun. (Little Patch reminds us of a larger, grown-up horse we are equally fond of, a pinto named Chief who loves to play with makeshift toys such as traffic cones and bags.)

According to Patch's owner, YouTube user elfie524, this spunky little foal has earned himself quite a fan club. "Everyone that works with him (the vet, the farrier) remarks on his doglike character," elfie says. (A farrier is the person who cares for Patch's hooves.) We certainly share these folks' admiration for this adorable, fun-loving little fellow!

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Video credit: elfie524 via YouTube

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