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Discover: The Smallest Horse Ever Recorded

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World records in the animal kingdom usually have to do with the longest, tallest, heaviest, or biggest creature. In this case, we’ll encounter an animal on the other side of the spectrum: the world’s smallest horse!

Despite being absolutely tiny, this horse has both a big personality and a big heart.

Getting to Know Thumbelina – The World’s Smallest Horse

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Thumbelina, a miniature horse, was born in 2001 on the Goose Creek Farm in St. Louis, Missouri. Unlike other mini horses, her diminutive stature wasn’t entirely expected. Despite her diminutive stature, Thumbelina possessed a personality that was anything but small. She wasn’t scared of anything, and was definitely not afraid of putting bigger horses in their place.

How Small Is the World’s Smallest Horse?

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Being the world’s smallest horse, Thumbelina is truly tiny.

She stood at a mere 17.5 inches tall and weighed just 57 pounds, making her no larger than a medium-sized dog. To put it in perspective, the average miniature horse stands about 34 inches, while a full-sized horse can tower up to 60 inches or more.

The Reasons Behind Her Miniature Size

Thumbelina with her caregiver
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Thumbelina was born to miniature horse parents but was classified as a “dwarf miniature”, making her uniquely smaller than her breed’s average. This genetic condition affected her bone structure and overall growth, resulting in her unique size.

Despite her small stature, she was healthy and lively, showcasing that even with genetic differences, animals can lead fulfilling lives.

Tiny Horse with a Big Heart

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Soon after her birth, Thumbelina’s caregivers understood that she would make a great therapy animal because of her loving and calm nature. They began training her for therapy visits, where her small size and calm nature made her ideal for interacting with children and adults in therapeutic settings.

Thumbelina traveled far and wide to offer her cuddles and comfort. She visited hospitals, nursing homes, and schools, bringing immense joy to those facing challenges. Her ability to connect with people, coupled with her extraordinary size, amazed people wherever she went.

Guinness Makes the Record Official

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In 2006, Thumbelina was officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the smallest horse ever recorded. It’s hard to compare to Sampson, the largest horse ever.. This title not only brought attention to Thumbelina but also to the world of miniature horses and the unique genetics that can occur within this breed.

Thumbelina Passes Away: A Small Horse with a Big Legacy

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Sadly, in 2018, Thumbelina passed away at the age of 17. Her life, although shorter than that of a standard horse, was filled with love and care. Her passing was mourned by those who had come to know her through her public appearances and through the media.

Although she’s no longer with us, her big legacy and record as the world’s smallest horse remains unbroken. She reminds us that you can make a huge difference in people’s lives, even if you’re tiny.

The World’s Smallest Horse: Wrapping Up

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Thumbelina’s story is a blend of biological intrigue and heartwarming companionship. Despite being the tiniest of the tiniest, she took the world by storm and gave endless amounts of love to those around her. Remember – even the smallest among us can leave the biggest impressions.

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