This Tiny Horse Wasn't Expected To Survive. Now She's Helping Countless Children Around The World

March 23, 2015

This is the incredible story of Thumbelina, the world's smallest horse.

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Thumbelina was born in 2001 to two miniature horse parents. She weighed only 8 pounds.

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Although her parents were both miniature horses, Thumbelina was the only one born with dwarfism.

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Thumbelina currently lives at Goose Creek Farm in St. Louis, Missouri, where she runs and plays, and is taken care of by Paul, Kay, and Michael Goessling.

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She stands 17.5 inches tall and weighs only 57 pounds, making her the smallest horse in the world.

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Thumbelina even does charity work, visiting thousands of sick children in hospitals.

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Owner Michael Goessling said in an interview:

"We absolutely were not breeding for the world's smallest horse. Dwarfism is not something that should ever be breed for in horses. We will never breed Thumbelina. Dwarf horses tend to be very sickly and usually don't survive long. Thumbelina was a complete surprise. She was bred to be about twice her size but God had other plans for her. Fortunately, she is perfectly healthy and a true blessing for us and for countless children around the world."

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