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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?


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Einstein - the world's smallest horse?

Einstein - the world's smallest horse?


Sam on April 03, 2015:

Love it

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on February 02, 2011:

That sounds adorable! Lucky you!

im not perfect on January 30, 2011:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 22, 2010:

Thanks, GW!

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Gypsy Willow from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand on October 07, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 07, 2010:

Thanks, rebelbinda!

Cody, I love ALL equines!

Cody McArthur on October 05, 2010:

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!

rebelbinda from Calgary, Alberta on September 24, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 14, 2010:

Glad you enjoyed it, Borge!

borge_009 from Philippines on May 14, 2010:

So cute and adorable. Nice hub habee.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 13, 2010:

Garnet, I'm going to read it now!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on May 13, 2010:

Thanks, MsReba!

Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on May 13, 2010:

Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on May 13, 2010:

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!

MsReba on May 12, 2010:

Precious, Precious, Precious!!!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

He's adorable, Maita!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on April 30, 2010:

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!

prettydarkhorse from US on April 30, 2010:

very nice, and so cute, Thanks habee!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

Maybe I should start a miniature horse farm, Dohn!

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on April 30, 2010:

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 ;)

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

Let me know if you get one, Nancy!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 30, 2010:

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

nancy_30 from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Cindy Lawson from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 29, 2010:

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.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Barth, thanks for visiting!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Awww, thanks a bunch, Sam!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Callie, I think you're right!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Thanks, Sandy!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Voice, glad you enjoyed it!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

HP Roy, thank you for reading!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Kaie, you sound like me! lol

Raimundo Bartho from Brazil, São Paulo, Praia Grande on April 29, 2010:

Einstein is very very charmous....

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Thanks, Katie - always good to hear from you!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Daisy, thanks for visiting!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Thanks for reading, Entertainment!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

So do we, De Greek!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Funny, Lockerman!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Pam, good to see ya!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Andy, you could always have both!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

HH, I love the smell of horses, too!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

Hi, Cheryl! Thanks for reading!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 29, 2010:

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

samboiam from Texas on April 29, 2010:

Another great one. Rated it up and tweeted it.

Callie Mimms on April 28, 2010:

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.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on April 28, 2010:

Nice hub. looks like a little toy.

thevoice from carthage ill on April 28, 2010:

love it great write picture its great work thanks

H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on April 28, 2010:

Nice to see and hear video. Thanks for sharing.

Kaie Arwen on April 28, 2010:

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

Katie McMurray from Ohio on April 28, 2010:

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 :)

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on April 28, 2010:

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.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2010:

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

breakfastpop on April 28, 2010:

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

sheila b. on April 28, 2010:

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!

daisyjae from Canada on April 28, 2010:

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

entertianmentplus from United States on April 28, 2010:

Awesome hub-Thanks

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 28, 2010:

Ann, I thought the same thing about Barbie! lol

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on April 28, 2010:

Thanks, Al!

theherbivorehippi from Holly, MI on April 28, 2010:

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. :)

De Greek from UK on April 28, 2010:

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

JenDobson27 on April 28, 2010:

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

Tammy Lochmann on April 28, 2010:

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

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 28, 2010:

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

MCWebster on April 28, 2010:

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 :)

Ign Andy from Green Home Office on April 28, 2010:

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

Woody on April 28, 2010:

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???

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 28, 2010:

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.

_cheryl_ from California on April 27, 2010:

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!

kimberlyslyrics on April 27, 2010:

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


Ann Nonymous from Virginia on April 27, 2010:

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!

Mystique1957 from Caracas-Venezuela on April 27, 2010:

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,


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