Sunday, March 27, 2011

How About A "Little Horse" Play...?

Sometimes it's not your size that counts, but the size of your heart!

No one told this little guy that he was strange, so he just goes about his business, having fun and playing with his slightly larger friends!

Sometimes you just have to smile a bit at Mother Nature's way of putting so much "cute" in a small package!

My REALLY little pony: Einstein, the world's smallest stallion, gets set for first birthday
By Daily Mail Reporter

He may not be able to compete in the Kentucky Derby, but he is surely as popular as the winner.

And with appearances on Oprah and across the U.S. it has certainly been an eventful first year for Einstein, the world's smallest stallion, as he approaches his birthday.

Standing just 20 inches tall, the horse attracted huge media interest when he was born in April last year.

Thousands queued at a farm in Barnstead, New Hampshire for a glimpse of him.

But while human interest was high, he didn't have many friends of his own breed.

Now his quest to find buddies and his life at home with owners Charlie Cantrell and Rachel Wagner in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, will be published in a new a book to celebrate his birthday.

'This has been a remarkable year for us and for Einstein,' said Mr Cantrell, 44, who bought Einstein for their small farm along with his wife Rachel.

'We are both horse enthusiasts and we decided to get ourselves a miniature horse from the renowned breeder Judy Smith at a Miniature Horse Farm in New Hampshire.

Standing only 20 inches high hasn't stopped Einstein becoming quite a celebrity with appearances on Oprah and across the U.S.

'Einstein is the smallest horse on record ever to survive and when the news got out to the media the level of interest was incredible.

'The average weight of a newborn miniature horse is 18lb. The average height at birth is 21 inches.

Einstein is all the remarkable because he shows no dwarf characteristics and is simply a very small miniature horse.

His mother Finesse stands a relatively tall 32 inches and his dad Painted Feather measures 30 inches.

Best of friends: Einstein stands alongside Hannah, a St. Bernard he has become buddies with. He also plays with his owner's dog Lilly

'Guinness approached us straight after the original press that surrounded Einstein,' said Mr Cantrell.

'He can't be officially recognised as the smallest stallion until he is four, but we are both relatively sure that he has stopped growing.'

With the press surrounding him, it wasn't long before Einstein did make friends - of all shapes and sizes.

He now spends his time mingling with his giant friend Playboy - a full sized stallion - and messing around with Charlie and Rachel's dog Lilly.

'Playboy is owned by a young lady who lives next to our farm and Einstein sometimes meets him to have a head sniff and a simple hello,' explained Charlie

'You see the adorable thing about Einstein is that he doesn't seem to be too aware of his height at all.

'He approaches Lilly and Playboy just like he was a fully grown stallion. He rears up and huffs and gallops around.

'However, due to his extraordinary size he can't mingle around with other horses because it would be dangerous and he might get trampled underfoot.

'So him and Lilly kiss and say hello, he knows a particularly friendly St Bernard at the farm he was born at and we have a couple of Nigerian Dwarf Goats that he spends time with here in New Hampshire.'

Living peacefully in his own pen on his owners land, Einstein's first birthday is something that GP Rachel and Charlie can't wait to share.

'He loves children and they of course love him,' said Charlie.

'They get wide eyed because they have never seen a horse this size before and they want to smother him.

'However, he is so small, so hopefully the book will satisfy everyone's desire to see Einstein and his cute and unusual life.'

Green grass, good friends, and sunshine...ain't life grand?

Let's get some fresh coffee and sit on the patio this morning. We can watch for signs of rain, but it doesn't look very promising.


Ben in Texas said...

Ummm,, one of Ann's ex bosses raised those things and IMHO,,they ain't horses!! There just toys, like the little weird breed dogs that the Hollywood crowd carries around .

Momlady said...

He's cute and I'll be the book will be a success. Rain here, all day, ugh. Send sunshine!

JoJo said...

What a cute little baby. Great story for a Sunday morning.
great weather here too. Have been able to use the pool for therapy works wonders.
I would be happy to share some fresh ground coffee with everyone.

HermitJim said...

Hey Ben...
Hard to look at his size and not believe he is a stuffed toy come to life!

I'm thinking I could keep one in my back yard, except that it would be stolen in no time!

Thanks, buddy, for coming by today!

Hey Momlady...
You are sure getting your share of rain this year! Should have a great crop of wild flowers!

Probably very good for the garden as well!

You have a great day, and thanks for coming by this morning!

Hey JoJo...
I am so glad you are able to get in the pool again to exercise! I know it must work wonders for you.

You have a great day, sweetie. Thanks for dropping in!

Dizzy-Dick said...

I'm sorry, but I think people are cruel who delibertly breed freak animals. They can not be as healthy as normal ones of thier species.

Bob Mc said...

I've seen some miniature horses, but certainly none that small. I've even seen pictures of some that were house broke and kept indoors like a dog. Like Ben said, those ain't horses, they are toys. Something to play with.

Tatersmama said...

Isn't he adorable?? Man,I want one!

I had to laugh though at the bit that said : "This has been a remarkable year for us and for Einstein,' said Mr Cantrell, 44, who bought Einstein for their small farm along with his wife Rachel."
Sounds like he bought his wife Rachel, for the farm too! Wonder if they were "buy one, get one free"? lol!

It's good to be back reading and catching up with you my friend!!

Anonymous said...

I'll stick with da Meow, that horse is only a tad bigger than my cat.

I do get here most days, although to make a comment is a painfully slow process with this pc, only a few weeks to go; new pc on the horizon.


Beatrice P. Boyd said...

HermitJim, this little guy does go to show that nice things come in very small packages, but not sure I would want to own something this tiny. Sorry I have not been commenting lately, but sometimes have problems getting the comments area to come up. But I do enjoy reading your blogs and just wanted you to know that. Keep that coffee coming cause it's darn chilly here this week!