March 24, 2007

Thumbelina and a canine playmate.

Thumbelina meets Radar, the world's largest living horse. He's about 40 times heavier than Thumbelina.

Being the world's smallest horse has its advantages, as Thumbelina is beginning to appreciate.

For starters, the five-year-old horse, standing just 44.5cm tall at her withers, will never have to carry a pesky rider around.

There's no need to wait around for your owners to set aside a stable, either. A dog house will do just nicely.

Fences don't really present much of a barrier on the family farm, and when you need to eyeball the pet cocker spaniels, there's no need to crane your neck.

Hey, and when she tires of playing with the other horses on the farm, there's always the dogs.

A sack of grain goes a long way - she gets a cupful morning and night - and hay is dispensed by the handful, not by the bale.

Yes, life is pretty sweet for 26kg Thumbelina. Aside from becoming an international star in her own right, there are also the opportunities to meet other celebrities. Among them has been the world's largest living horse, a Belgium Draft called Radar, at 19.3 hands. Radar, from Texas, is about 40 times heavier than Thumbelina.

The chestnut mare takes everything in her short stride. Soon, she will hitting the road - and the back of a recreational vehicle will make the perfect on-road stable. No need for one of those expensive floats.

While Thumbelina is small, she has been given a big mission: raising $US1 million for children's charities.

The wee horse is very sociable and should enjoy her jaunt around all 50 US states. Handler Michael Goessling, who is a son of miniature horse farmers Kay and Paul Goessling, says the wee horse is great with people and loves attention.

From Thumbelian's baby album:
Thumbelina takes a break - it's hard work being a celebrity.
The Thumbelina Charitable Foundation has already raised $US10,000, but the quest has just begun.

Thumbelina was born on May 1, 2001 at Goose Creek Farm, becoming one of nearly 50 miniatures on the property.

She suffers from dwarfism, effectively making her a miniature miniature. Her owners are proud that she has overcome her problems and will bring joy to the countless children she will encounter on the road.

Thumbelina will soon find herself in the pages of the Guinness Book of Records. A delegation flew from London last September to see the little wonder firsthand, and to confirm her as the world's smallest horse. A picture of Radar and Thumbelina will appear in the 2008 book.