Monday, August 18, 2014

How Big Is The Smallest Horse?

The world's smallest horse is officially Thumbelina, who is (full grown) only 17 inches tall and weighs just 57 pounds.

Unfortunately, Thumbelina is a bracycephalic dwarf.

(Image Phil Konstantin via Wikimedia Commons).

As you can see, she has exceptionally short limbs, a bulging forehead, swollen knees, a pot belly and a very flat back as well as a short neck - all characteristics of dwarfism in equines. Many dwarfs have joint problems, premature arthritis, back issues and organ defects...some are sterile. Because of this, dwarfism is considered a curse in miniature horse breeding...

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