It goes without saying that miniature horses are, well… pretty small. They’re so tiny, in fact, that it can be difficult to tell how old they are. Each one of them looks like a baby horse—even when they’re fully mature!
Diana Gilger felt the same way about her mini horse, Jazz. She was naturally petite, but there was something else about her that even Diana didn’t know. One morning, while walking into the stables, she found out that little Jazz actually had a very big surprise waiting for her.
Diana Gilger of Gutherie, Oklahoma, always knew her miniature horse, Jazz, was special. One day, she stumbled upon a precious sight that showed exactly how unique she was…
Her mini horse had given birth to the tiniest baby that Diana had ever seen! No one had any idea how this baby—whom they later named Itty Bitty Hope—had turned out so small.
Weighing just 13 pounds, Itty Bitty Hope’s weight and height made her the smallest mini horse ever born! However, her record-setting status wasn’t important to Diana and her family…
They just wanted to make sure that this new addition was safe and healthy. While she might be a record-breaking horse, Hope was also an animal who needed to be cared for. That was their top priority.
Diana asked a veterinarian who specialized in the care of miniature horses to come to the stables, where they could give the newborn foal a thorough checkup. Even though she was supposed to be small, Hope was still at risk for health issues.
Although everyone was worried about potential complications, they could finally breathe easy: Hope was given a clean bill of health! She might’ve been minuscule, but she had an enormous future ahead of her…
Diana wanted to make sure that, when she found a permanent home for Itty Bitty Hope, it would be one where her size would be seen as a positive attribute and not a drawback. She adored mini horses, and she needed to find Hope a home that would feel the same way!
Sometimes horses who are Hope’s size have a very hard time finding people willing to adopt them and treat them with the love and respect they deserve. Thankfully, this wasn’t true for Hope. She got really lucky, actually…
Hope was purchased by a couple named Jim and Linda Woods, who were the owners of a non-profit organization called Mini Hooves of Love. It was the perfect fit for all parties involved…
Jim and Linda were eager to add Hope to their family of helpful little horses! They knew as soon as they met her that Hope would be the perfect addition to their growing family, and there was a very special reason why.
That was because their service provided something that was like nothing ever heard of before. True to their company’s name, Jim and Linda offer therapeutic mini horse visits to nursing homes, hospitals, shelters, and hospices!
Services like this can make all the difference in the world, and it was something that Hope was made for. From the minute she began working with Jim and Linda, she has been a favorite member of their team.
Hope’s specialty was working with children who have come out of abusive homes. Maybe it was her size, or maybe it was her tender demeanor. Perhaps it was even a combination of the two! Either way, Hope really had a knack with connecting with the people around her.
She was a soothing presence, especially among children. It seemed that even the most skittish of kids were drawn to her, and they were eager to give her a big hug. Naturally, Hope was just as eager to be there for them!
It seemed as if little Hope had really found her calling! Jim and Linda couldn’t have been happier with how well she fit in with the rest of their team. It was like she was where she was born to be.
Of course, people asked about her size all the time, but Jim and Linda said they wanted her to have a quiet, happy life away from the spotlight. They could’ve made a lot of money putting her on display, but that wouldn’t have helped the community at large, now would it?
Though many miniature horses can suffer from serious medical problems, Hope has stayed healthy so far. There were concerns that this would change as she got older, but she’s still in great shape!
Her coat and mane began to turn gray and white at a very young age, but that hasn’t slowed her down at all. She’s still trotting with a true spring in her step. It’s as if she knew her mission was to help people and bring a smile to their faces.
From children who were in need of a companion to senior citizens who delighted in meeting a new friend, everyone seemed to light up whenever Hope entered a room. This mini horse was truly special!
Once you see her on the go, you’ll understand exactly why everyone who met Hope immediately fell in love with her! She might’ve been small in size, but she definitely wasn’t lacking in the personality department…
Good things really do come in small packages! With such a sweet disposition, it’s no wonder that Hope has been so successful as a therapy animal. With their sweet chubby tummies and adorable doe eyes, few animals can beat them at the being the cutest.
Meet Thumbelina, another one of the world’s smallest horse and most amazing equine around. You just might need to do a double-take when you see her; yes, she is a real horse! Don’t let the fact that she is sitting down like a person fool you.
Born in 2001 to two miniature horse parents, Thumbelina lives on Goose Creek Farm in St. Louis, Missouri, where she is the apple of everyone’s eye. Just take one look at her and you’ll see exactly why!
Under the care of Paul, Kay, and Michael Goessling, she has grown to a whopping 17-and-a-half inches tall. That’s right, that’s her full height! She might not be the biggest horse in town but that doesn’t make her any less beautiful.
Here are Michael and Thumbelina meeting a new—and bigger—friend. Thumbelina may be small, but that’s never stopped her from making friends wherever she goes. What do you think is going through that other horse’s mind?
Weighing in at a mere 57 pounds, Thumbelina actually weighs less than your average eight-year-old child. Can you even imagine having a horse so small you could pick her up and carry her around?
How’s this for some serious contrast? Seeing pictures of Thumbelina, it can be tricky to figure out just how small she really is. But when you see her next to an average-sized horse, it’s hard to ignore the differences…
In addition to being utterly adorable in every single way, she’s also a record-holder. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Thumbelina the mini horse is actually the smallest fully-grown horse in the world.
She was born with dwarfism, which causes her tiny stature. The condition requires a unique type of shoe that allows her to run and play with her fellow horse friends. Nevertheless, Thumbelina doesn’t let anything slow her down!
Thumbelina frequently appears at children’s hospitals, where she brings a smile to kids’ faces all over the country. Her unique size makes her ideal for interacting with little ones who can’t get enough face time with the lovable horse.
Just look at her! While there is no denying that she is small, her unique size and stature are actually a huge part of what makes this special horse stand out from the crowd. Three cheers for Thumbelina!
Just looking at how adorable these little horses are, it’s no wonder that at some point in a child’s life, he or she will probably want one. It makes a lot of sense, after all. Who can imagine an animal more suited for a wannabe prince or princess?
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Mini horses are the perfect child-size pets. With all the proportions of their full-sized counterparts, mini-horses still exude strength and confidence, just in a much smaller package.
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One family captured an adorable scene on camera recently when their mini-horse needed to extinguish a little bit of energy. This little guy was seriously down to frolic when he found the most adorable playmate!
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What better companion for a miniature horse than a miniature human? This mini-horse was ecstatic to see someone his own size, and he wasted no time cashing after his new tiny pal, who joined right in on the fun without missing a beat.
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The games continued as the young boy avoided an adorable charge by the mini-horse! There was only love between these two as the mini-horse picked up speed. Just see where would their fun take them next…
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“I’m tired!” exclaimed the boy as the horse finally caught up to him. Still, that didn’t stop him from bringing his mini-horse bud in for a hug! Doesn’t this pair make for one seriously cute scene?
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The two then enjoyed a moment of love and friendship. Of course, mini-horses aren’t the only shrunken-down animal that might make for the perfect photo opportunity with a young child…
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The video of the boy and his mini-horse BFF makes you wonder if he’d enjoy being friends with any other tiny critters. For example, who wouldn’t love jumping around with a pygmy goat like this little guy?
Then there’s the teacup pig. They can be perfect pets so long as you, well… expect them to behave like pigs! Like mini-horses and pygmy goats, they make for wonderfully cute animals, especially for little kids.
In the end, though, there’s no tiny animal quite like the mini-horse. Clearly, mini-horses make for great companions if they’re taken care of properly. The little guy in this video knows that firsthand!
You can watch the adorable mini-horse and kid interaction in its entirety below! Something about seeing these two tiny buddies playing together will just warm your heart. What little cuties!
Mini animals like this teeny horse can be perfect companions with the proper care, and they’re great fun to boot! Do you know any miniature pets?
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