Meet Einstein, the Dog-Sized Horse
Horses come in all shapes and sizes, but even ponies usually weigh a few hundred pounds. Not Einstein. Einstein the horse is about the size of a large dog. That's a good thing considering his best friend is a white bulldog.
A tiny horse like Einstein is practically every kid's dream, but sadly, he's one of a kind. The odds of finding another mini horse as small as he is is close to zero. We'll just have to appreciate his strikingly insignificant stature from afar.
At Birth, Einstein Weighed Less Than a Gallon of Milk
No exaggeration. When Einstein the horse was born on April 22, 2010, he weighed only six pounds and stood 14 inches tall. He was officially the smallest newborn horse.
No one had ever seen anything like it, and word of the extra-mini miniature horse spread like wildfire.
As You Can See, He’s About a Tenth of the Size of a Normal Horse
An average horse can weigh well over 1,000 pounds. Einstein is a mini horse, but even a typical mini horse weighs around 200 pounds.
Einstein, on the other hand, is only about 80 pounds. He's too small to ride, but he's so cute that no one cares.
Einstein Is Small, but He’s Not a Wimp
Einstein isn't technically the smallest stallion, but he is the smallest healthy horse. Both of his parents were small miniature horses. Genetically, Einstein is perfectly normal, with all of the desired proportions of a typical miniature horse.
The current record holders, Thumbelina and Bomel, are smaller than him by a few inches, but both of them have dwarfism. Mini horses with dwarfism have numerous health issues and often require surgery to survive.
Einstein, however, is perfectly healthy. When he was 2 months old, he required a historic surgery after a life-threatening spinal cord injury, but he made a full recovery.
The Tiny Horse Lives in New Hampshire With Lots of Other Four-legged Friends
Einstein's owners briefly moved him to Washington state, but now he's back on the farm he was born on with the rest of the gang. That includes a ton of other horses, plus his dog bestie, Zola the French bulldog.
We can't help but wonder what the other horses think of him.
His Website Includes an Einstein-Themed Video Game
Since most of us can't pop in to visit Einstein in person, we're stuck enjoying his adorable YouTube channel and appreciating his cuteness and attitude on his Instagram page.
His website also includes a video game in which players can pretend to be Einstein, jump over grazing goats, and collect as many snacks as possible.
It's not as fun as hanging with Einstein in person, but we can think of worse fates.
And the Silly Stallion Is Also an Author
Technically, his owners are the authors, but we're sure Einstein would've penned an autobiography if only he had thumbs.
The children's book, "A Friend for Einstein, the Smallest Stallion," is about Einstein's real life, featuring photos of life on the farm and all his animal buddies.
Einstein the Smallest Stallion Is Very Much Still Alive
Einstein is often confused with a successful thoroughbred stallion with the name who was born in 2002. Einstein the racehorse is no longer with us, but Einstein the mini horse is very much still alive.
He recently celebrated his 13th birthday, and is expected to live up to the ripe old age of 35. Fingers crossed.
How Big Is Einstein Now?
Little Einstein never did get very big, but he's grown quite a bit since he was born the size of a premature human baby. He now stands 24 inches tall at the withers and weighs about as much as an average 10-year-old.
Even Full Grown, Einstein Isn’t Too Big to Come Inside
He's not exactly the size of a teacup poodle, but Einstein is plenty small enough to hang out in the house. We're not sure how wood floors would hold up with hooves, but we're not sure we care.
His Little Life Is Even More Captivating to Watch
For a recap of Einstein's life, check out the video below.
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