Einstein, The World's Smallest Horse
Einstein is the name of this extremely small (and extremely cute) miniature horse who, measured at withers, stands at the incredible height of only 14 inches. Miniature horses very often stand less than 20 inches tall but until Einstein, a stallion weighing a mere 6 pounds at birth, there has never been a verified and documented case of a miniature horse this small. This adorable little black and white Pinto was born at the "Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm" (Owned by Judy Smith) in Barnstead, New Hampshire (USA) on Thursday, April 22, 2010.
Born April 22, 2010
As of July 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records lists Thumbelina, a sorrel miniature mare owned by Kay and Paul Goessling of St. Louis Missouri (USA), as the World's Smallest Living Horse standing at 17.5 inches tall. So, at only 14 inches, little Einstein may have an excellent chance of being named as the new "World's Smallest Horse". Unlike Thumbelina, who weighed 8.5lbs at birth and was born in 2000, Einstein shows absolutely no sign of dwarfism and is simply a very tiny horse. Dwarfism is a concern within the miniature horse world. Dwarf horses, while often setting world records for size, are not considered to have desirable traits, generally have incorrect conformation, and may have significant health and soundness issues.
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Einstein was recently purchased by Charles Cantrell and Dr. Rachel Wagner, in part because they fell in love with him, but also to protect him from abuse and from becoming a "Circus Act". Einstein's new co-owners believe that Einstein may possess championship characteristics but they won't really know for sure until he's older and had a chance to mature. After all, Einstein's sire, a miniature horse named Painted Feather, and his dam, another miniature named Finesse, are both champions in their own right. Einstein's new owners are reportedly giving some consideration to using Einstein for stud assuming he's capable of siring offspring which sometimes is not possible with such small horses. However, even if Einstein does sire offspring, there can be no guarantee that his offspring will be as small as he is.