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

Updated on August 30, 2013

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 7 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 7 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!

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      kimberlyslyrics 7 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_ 7 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, 7 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.

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      Woody 7 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 7 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 7 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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      Pamela Oglesby 7 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 7 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 7 years ago

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

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

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

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      theherbivorehippi 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Al!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ann, I thought the same thing about Barbie! lol

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub-Thanks

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

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

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      sheila b. 7 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 7 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 Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      Eileen Kersey 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Nice to see and hear video. Thanks for sharing.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      love it great write picture its great work thanks

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice hub. looks like a little toy.

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      Callie Mimms 7 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 7 years ago from Texas

      Another great one. Rated it up and tweeted it.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Cheryl! Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I love the smell of horses, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Andy, you could always have both!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, good to see ya!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, Lockerman!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      So do we, De Greek!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Entertainment!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Daisy, thanks for visiting!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Katie - always good to hear from you!

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      Raimundo Bartho 7 years ago from Brazil, São Paulo, Praia Grande

      Einstein is very very charmous....

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Kaie, you sound like me! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      HP Roy, thank you for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Voice, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sandy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Callie, I think you're right!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Awww, thanks a bunch, Sam!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Barth, thanks for visiting!

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      Cindy Lawson 7 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 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Let me know if you get one, Nancy!

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      dohn121 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Maybe I should start a miniature horse farm, Dohn!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      very nice, and so cute, Thanks habee!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 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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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      He's adorable, Maita!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

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

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      MsReba 7 years ago

      Precious, Precious, Precious!!!!

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      Gloria Siess 7 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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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Northern California

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, MsReba!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Garnet, I'm going to read it now!

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      borge_009 7 years ago from Philippines

      So cute and adorable. Nice hub habee.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      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!

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      Cody McArthur 6 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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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, rebelbinda!

      Cody, I love ALL equines!

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      Gypsy Willow 6 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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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, GW!

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      im not perfect 6 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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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      That sounds adorable! Lucky you!

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      Sam 2 years ago

      Love it

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