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Featured Video: A Cat Riding a Mini Horse Dressed up as a Reindeer

If you believe that the internet exists primarily for cute animal videos, you’ll appreciate this one.

By Leslie Potter | December 6, 2016

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‘Tis the decorate your animals for the holidays. In today’s video, Molly the Mini Horse is wearing a festive set of green reindeer antlers and some merry red bows in her mane. She’s also sporting the ultimate accessory: a barn cat named Gumphrey.

Cats love to find the warmest spot on a cold day, and a fuzzy horse’s back certainly qualifies. We’ve seen this story play out before. But Gumphrey’s penchant for sitting on horses is more than just a play for comfort. The 13-year-old feline was practically raised in the saddle.

Gumphrey the Cat Rides a Horse

Gumphrey lives at Fieldstone Farms in Holland, Michigan, where he’s lived his whole life. "When we were kids, we would put him up on the horses with us,” explained Fieldstone Farms’ Meagan Hengst in an article at But eventually, he decided he didn’t need a human chaperone and would curl up on the backs of blanketed horses on winter days.

Hengst reports that Gumphrey will hang out on the arena fence, and if a horse stops nearby, he’ll jump aboard. The skilled feline equestrian rides at the walk, trot, and canter "...purring and drooling the whole time.”

Leslie Potter is a writer and photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Marion    Sussex, NJ

5/9/2018 5:54:23 AM

This is adorable. My Sammy cat used to sleep on my mares back!

Bonnie    Warwick, NY

12/12/2017 3:53:46 AM

Tis the season!

CeCe    Somewhere, GA

11/3/2017 3:51:26 AM


Jenny    Somewhere, CT

12/30/2016 3:58:34 AM

Cuteness overload!

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