By Josie January 4th, 2024
In this case, we’ll encounter an animal on the other side of the spectrum: the world’s smallest horse!
Thumbelina, a miniature horse, was born in 2001 on the Goose Creek Farm in St. Louis, Missouri.
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.
Thumbelina was born to miniature horse parents but was classified as a “dwarf miniature”, making her uniquely smaller than her breed’s average.
Her caregivers 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.
Although she’s no longer with us, her big legacy and record as the world’s smallest horse remains unbroken.