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World?s smallest horse

The five-year-old, who received the title from the Guinness Book of Records, is so small that she has to struggle to leap over a bucket.

india Updated: Oct 10, 2006 12:50 IST
ANI

After her owners realised that she was never going to grow any bigger, Thumbelina has been officially recognised as the world’s smallest horse. The five-year-old, who received the title from the Guinness Book of Records, is so small that she has to struggle to leap over a bucket.

Thumbelina was born on a farm in US to a couple who specialises in breeding miniature horses. These popular show horses usually weigh about 250lb and reach a height of 34 inches when they are fully-grown.

But when Thumbelina was born, it was clear that she would never grow to this size. At birth she weighed 8lb - the weight of most new-born babies and eventually she grew to a mere 60lb.

At a mere 17 inches tall, the mare measures up to the shins of the ‘normal’ horses in the paddock. The owners of the mini horse said that they began to realise they may have bred a record-breaker when she stopped growing after a year. While normal horses live for about 35 years, she is only likely to live up to the age of 17 because of her size.

Although she has the ability to become pregnant and give birth to foals, her owners have decided not to allow this to happen.