Guinness World Records certifies a mare named Thumbelina as the smallest horse in the world. Now the world’s smallest horse got competition: a stallion named Einstein could threaten the crown. What effects to these dwarf minis have on companion animal trends?
The (officially) Smallest Horse in the World Got Competition
Thumbelina(1) is a 10-year old mare who is officially recognized as the smallest horse in the world. She stands 17.5 inches tall and competes for height with the average family dog. When the world’s smallest horse was born, she weighed in at only 8.5 pounds.
Quoting the Associated Press, the Star(2) reports that there is a possible claimant to Thumbelina’s title. Known as Einstein, horse lovers acknowledge the birth of a 6-pound foal. Granted, he already stands 14 inches tall, but it is anyone’s guess how tall he will grow in the end.
Are Pet Lovers’ Favorites Changing?
Last year the news broke about micro mini pigs – also known as teacup pigs – that would weigh a mere nine ounces at birth. Once fully grown, they tip the scales at about 65 pounds. This puts them right in line with the weight of many American pet dogs.
Hedgehogs are another animal that took the world of pet lovers by storm – only to end up in a bust. Plenty of websites offered hedgehogs for sale but the average American consumer was not be ready to make the time and space commitment these nocturnal animals presented.
Is “Smaller” and “Different” the New “In?”
A very candid commentary penned by Hugh Warwick — and published by the Telegraph(3) – outlines the conception, birth and ultimate death of a pet-fad craze. In its wake it leaves the now-unwanted animals it championed. Occasionally there are rescue organizations that are able to pick up these animals and either adopt them out or take care of them as they live out their lives.
As it stands, the smallest horse in the world (Thumbelina) is currently making the circuit as head of the charity named after her. The Thumbelina Charitable Foundation(4) benefits children, raises funds for other children’s charities and allows the world’s smallest horse to make personal appearances for children. It is anyone’s guess what Einstein – horse fans are sure to wait out his eventual size once fully grown – will do as he grows up.
It does however pose the question if miniature horses will become the next pet-fad in the US.
(1)World’s Smallest Horse. “The Amazing Adventures of Thumbelina” (accessed April 27, 2010)
(2)The Star. “6-pound newborn horse may be a record” (accessed April 27, 2010)
(3)Telegraph. “The craze for pet hedgehogs will be a disaster” (accessed April 27, 2010)
(4)Thumbelina Charitable Foundation; accessed April 27, 2010