World's Smallest Horse - At Just Six Pounds! See the Video!

A new world record might very well have been born this past Friday, April 23, 2010 – the tiniest horse. “Einstein,” a miniature horse, weighed in at just 6 pounds. That’s smaller than most human babies! The diminutive pinto colt was foaled in Barnstead, New Hampshire, on the Tiz Miniature Horse Farm, and stands 14 inches tall. Einstein is mostly white, with black patches, and he’s totally adorable!

The current world record holder for the tiniest horse is Thumbelina, another miniature horse. Thumbelina is 17 ½ inches tall and is also a miniature horse, but it suffers from dwarfism. Its legs, head, and body are not in proportion to each other. Einstein, on the other hand, is not a dwarf, and he seems to be perfectly healthy. Einstein could very well turn out to be used as a stud for a new line of very small miniature horses, especially if he is officially declared the new world’s record.

Many people get miniature horses and ponies confused. Sure, both the miniature horse and the pony are small equines, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Ponies are built differently, usually with a larger head, a more compact body, and proportionately shorter legs than a horse would have. A miniature horse, however, is proportioned like a horse – it’s just a much smaller version. A mini is generally slimmer and finer of bone than a pony, and they lack the “potbelly” that many pony breeds often have. Also, ponies range widely in size, from very small to breeds that are almost as large as a regular saddle horse. Miniature horses, however, are always small – much smaller than a full-sized horse. Below you’ll find a link to my article about the differences in the two equines, with a picture of each to help you see and understand the differences.

I purchased a miniature horse last year for my granddaughter’s sixth birthday. His name was Snickers, and he was large enough for Lexi to ride. Tragically, Snickers was bitten by a rattlesnake just a few days after the birthday party, and he had to be put down. I used a photograph of Snickers in my article about the miniature horse vs. pony. The link is below.

Miniature horses are steadily gaining in popularity. They make excellent pets, and many can be ridden by small children. Saddle companies even make diminutive tack for these pint-sized horses. People also use the horses to pull small carts, and some owners keep their mini’s inside, just as they would a dog or cat. Miniature horses are also used as guides for the blind, with their handicapped owners stating that the miniatures are sturdier than dogs that are more commonly used as animal guides, and the miniature horses also live much longer than a dog would. Besides, many horse enthusiasts just like the idea of having a tiny horse around!

To get an idea of Einstein’s size, watch the Youtube video below. I’m curious: Would you ever consider having a miniature horse as a pet?

 

Einstein - the world's smallest horse?
Einstein - the world's smallest horse?

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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Gosh, Habee...

I don't know...It looks so fragile and so lovable than losing him would be quite painful! Nice story!

Thumbs up! Thanks for sharing!

warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

Al


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Awwww how cute! Barbie now has a real horse! LOL

This is so interesting. I know that a lot of animals are now bred to become miniature but this is microscopic compared to a percheron!!!!

Cool hub habee!


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Indeed I would.

My gosh never seen them before,

If I lived in a house or farm that had any land

I swear this would be my next pet

in love

Thank you habee

Kimberly


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_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

Oh wow, he is so tiny! Adorable, but I'm not sure if I'd want to keep one as a pet. I have never heard of horses being this small. Thanks for sharing this habee!


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, habee, for giving me so much pleasure to watch this video. I would have any horse, small or big. You know me. The very smell of them would outdo the most expensive perfume.


Woody 6 years ago

I read the news & your article & i still don't what the average weight of 1 of these are when born. I see a mini-horse mom, & I'm thinking, well the mom is small, guess the baby should be small also. Right???


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Ign Andy 6 years ago from Green Home Office

Cute little horse, I wonder if I will choose this or a dog. Kids will love this horse


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MCWebster 6 years ago

Wonderful hub and adorable video.

I would definitely at least consider a miniature horse as a pet. I've always been in love with horses :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Habee, He is absolutely as is your grandchild. I can't imagine having a horse that small. Great hub.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

How totally amazing...I would be afraid it would run away and I would never be able to catch it.


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JenDobson27 6 years ago

Wow that is one small horse. That one took miniature to a whole new level!


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

My wife has a cat that's bigger than this:-)


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Oh my gosh!!!! I want one!!!! How adorable! I'm so sad for snickers. :( I never knew such tiny horses existed!! Thanks for opening my eyes to this charming creature. :)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Al!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Ann, I thought the same thing about Barbie! lol


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Awesome hub-Thanks


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daisyjae 6 years ago from Canada

He is so cute! I would love to have one.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I'd heard of mini horses, but not ones this small. Amazing! But if I were a horse, I'd want to be a big one!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Habee, you always broaden my horizons. I had no idea a horse could be this small. So cute!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Adorable little guy! Can mini horses be house trained like dogs?


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

What a sweet looking guy. It does not seem right to have a horse like einstein as a pet. However he will need a loving home to keep him safe so I don't know. Hope he gets treat well wherever he ends up.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

habee, oh yea they aired that on the news great hub... This is just amazing. The news left me wondering about this tiny creatures and now you've delivered the details. Great HUB and video footage. Thanks and Peace :)


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

habee- this was fun! Cute as a button, but I think he would be illegal in the city. The people who know me would be really happy about that! :-D


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

Nice to see and hear video. Thanks for sharing.


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thevoice 6 years ago from carthage ill

love it great write picture its great work thanks


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Nice hub. looks like a little toy.


Callie Mimms 6 years ago

Einstein is right where he should be. The owners in the video look as though they are the proud parents. For him to survive they will have to watch over both mother and colt to ensure Einstein is protected against wild animals that could snatch him-up for a snack. Thanks for sharing your video. It made me happy and smile and watch it 3 times.


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samboiam 6 years ago from Texas

Another great one. Rated it up and tweeted it.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Kimbo! Isn't this little guy a cutie?!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi, Cheryl! Thanks for reading!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

HH, I love the smell of horses, too!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, Woody, all mini horses are small, but this one is unusually tiny!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Andy, you could always have both!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

MCWebster, I've always been a horse lover, also!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Pam, good to see ya!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Funny, Lockerman!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Jen, I agree! Gives a whole new meaning to miniature horse!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

So do we, De Greek!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Herbi, I'm still sad about Snickers, too. He was so cute and sweet.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks for reading, Entertainment!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Daisy, thanks for visiting!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Sheila, so you'd prefer being a Shire, huh?? lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Howdy, Bpop! I've been missing breakfast because I've spent a lot of time at the hospital.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Peggy, I'm not sure about the house training, but I think I read that they can be housetrained.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Ethel, I'm sure Einstein will be treated well by his owners!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Katie - always good to hear from you!


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barthoraimundo 6 years ago from Brazil, São Paulo, Praia Grande

Einstein is very very charmous....


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Kaie, you sound like me! lol


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

HP Roy, thank you for reading!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Voice, glad you enjoyed it!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Sandy!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Callie, I think you're right!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Awww, thanks a bunch, Sam!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Barth, thanks for visiting!


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

So cute, I would love to have a horse as small as this so that it could be a "house horse", and live with my cats, Husband and myself. I know that this could be very possible as small ponies are now trained to act as "Guide Dogs" for the blind and have even been taken on planes in the passenger compartment with their owners because of the support they provide. This means they have to be capable of being house trained, so why not simply have one as a pet and exercise it etc like a dog! Sounds great to me :)

Excellent hub, thanks.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

He's so cute. I want one now. Thank you for sharing this.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Misty, a horse so small might get trampled by my Great Danes!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Let me know if you get one, Nancy!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I was doing my best to look underneath that little guy to check for batteries! I'd bet a bunch of people are now going to try to purchase miniature horses now! I'd buy stock in it if I could ;)


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Maybe I should start a miniature horse farm, Dohn!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

very nice, and so cute, Thanks habee!


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Bob would not be afraid of THAT one! He never did my love of horses but I bet he'd feel better since he would never have to ride it. How adorable and yes, do start a miniature horse farm!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

He's adorable, Maita!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Audrey, I don't know how the Danes would like it! lol


MsReba 6 years ago

Precious, Precious, Precious!!!!


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GarnetBird 6 years ago from Northern California

Lovely Hub and darling Horse. Check out my HUB on the Darkmoor Pony of England. They are the cutest little breed I've ever seen (I had 3 Morgan Horses)NICE Hub!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, MsReba!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Garnet, I'm going to read it now!


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borge_009 6 years ago from Philippines

So cute and adorable. Nice hub habee.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Glad you enjoyed it, Borge!


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rebelbinda 6 years ago from Calgary, Alberta

Hey, awesome hub! that stallion is so cute and he looks sooooo sweet!


Cody McArthur 5 years ago

Habee I would let Einstein live in my house, that is the cutest damn thing I have ever seen! You must love minis, but I can understand why!


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, rebelbinda!

Cody, I love ALL equines!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

I'd have one in a heartbeat. Sorry you lost yours to a rattlesnake bite. So sad. Lovely hub.


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, GW!


im not perfect 5 years ago

loved this i am in new zealand and today on Opera your little guy was on there

Watched it as i am a breeder of these great little horses and went out side and told my two current foals about this guy making them all famous .

3 years ago we raised one by hand in a porta cot in our lounge she could only just look over the top of the cot with her nose


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

That sounds adorable! Lucky you!


Sam 18 months ago

Love it

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