Tiny Thai girl rides tiny horse into heart of nation (Video)

Kornkanya ‘Bai Bua’ Tapnaka, 7, trots home from school on a horse.
Kornkanya ‘Bai Bua’ Tapnaka, 7, trots home from school on a horse.

Is there anything more precious than a tiny girl in her navy blue school skirt astride a horse trotting through town? Gauging the public’s reaction, there is not.

A 7-year-old girl was the toast of the Thainet today after she was filmed riding a horse home through the southern streets of Songkhla city in her school uniform.

The student, later identified as second-grader Kornkanya “Bai Bua” Tapnaka, gained virality ever since Nantamon Sooktorn posted a video on her horseback sojourn on Monday. Since then, local media tracked her down to her hometown in Songkhla province.

Kornkanya told reporters that every day after school, she goes to help her parents at the beach, where her dad offers horseback rides to tourists and her mother sells ice cream.

After that, she rides her trusty 10-year-old horse named See Thong home while her parents follow behind on the motorcycle-ice cream cart. Their route home from the beach is about 7 kilometers.

Kornkanya’s 33-year-old father, Wanchalerm Tapnaka, told reporters his daughter has been riding since she was about 4. He taught her how to ride and that she would cry if he didn’t let her on See Thong.

Though he still follows close behind every time, Wanchalerm said that he isn’t truly worried for See Thong is a tame horse and he gets along very well with little Kornkanya.

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