26 Oct 2010

Meet Einstein, the world’s smallest horse

A newborn miniture horse, who weighs less than a newborn baby, could be a record breaker taking the title as the world’s smallest foal. The pinto stallion, Einstein, arrived Friday morning weighing just 6 pounds and measuring 14 inches in height at Tiz, A Miniature Horse Farm in Barnstead, New Hampshire.

His tiny proportions may be more suitable for a human baby, but they are tiny for a horse, even a miniature breed like Einstein.
The horse holding the current world record is a chestnut mare who goes by the name of Thumbelina. Borin in 2001 in St Louis,USA, Thumbelina was born 11 inches tall and 8.5 pounds. She now stands 17.5 inches tall and weighs 58 pounds.

Co-owner Dr Rachel Wagner holds a ruler up next to the tiny horse as he plays in a field. Photo Credit: AP
Wagner said she submitted an application Friday night to the Guinness World Records to see if Einstein could oust Thumbelina. Wagner said she doesn’t know if the size of the horse is determined by height or weight, and was not sure whether the horse must be measured when fully grown.
Breeders said what really sets Einstein apart is his proportion — he shows no sign of dwarfism. “The head, to the legs, the length, width, height, everything’s just beautiful about this little horse,” said Charlie Cantrell, Einstein’s co-owner.

Einstein - A newborn miniture horse, who weighs less than a newborn baby. Photo Credit: AP
Smith’s farm breed between 10 and 15 miniature horses every year. Smith and her husband, Larry, attach electronic devices to pregnant mares, and a beeper goes off at their bedside when the horse lays down in anticipation of giving birth.

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