By Josie  January 4th, 2024

Meet the Smallest Horse in the World

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!

Meet Thumbelina

Thumbelina, a miniature horse, was born in 2001 on the Goose Creek Farm in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.

She stood at a mere 17.5 inches tall and weighed just 57 pounds, making her no larger than a medium-sized dog.

How Small Was She?

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.

Why She Was So Tiny

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.

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