Smallest Horse in the World Is Too Small!

Is it necessary to create a horse not much bigger than a chihuahua? Or even small enough to fit in a human hand? When does meddling in the gene pool of animals reach an extreme to be considered animal abuse?

In April a horse weighing only six pounds was born on a farm in New Hampshire. (Normal birth weight for a standard sized horse is 60-100 lbs.) The new horse (named Einstein) weighs three pounds less than the previous World Record Holder for Smallest Horse. World Record for Smallest Horse? Has there been a competition going on for years breeding smaller and smaller horses, that I wasn’t aware of? What exactly is the benefit to humankind of genetically altering the makeup of horses to make them fit in a gym bag?

Some people are uncomfortable with making normal sized horses carry humans around. What would they say about people carrying horses around, say, to the coffee shop for a chat, and some very small oats?

A geneticist from the Wired article remarked, “It takes a while to work them out so that you end up with a horse that not only fits in the palm of your hand but is happy and healthy.”

So how happy is a horse the size of a tea cup going to be when it sees a normal large, 1,200 pound version? How could such genetic manipulation produce a healthy, happy animal? The whole enterprise sounds alarming and obsessive. Its very easy to imagine the kind of animal abuse that is likely to occur with artificially created munchkins that would likely be sold and treated as toys. Animals are not play things, or merely objects of gross sentiment. The effort to shrink horses down to toy size is a questionable practice. Is it a new form of animal abuse?

Note: the animal in the left portion of the photo is a mature pony, not a full size horse.

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360 comments

Jordan G.
Jordan G.11 months ago

This is another disgrace -- though perhaps not as bad YET as the AKC. Now *there's* an abusive, self-centered group.

Fi T.
Fi T.about a year ago

Treasure every life

Roberto Meritoni
Roberto Meritoniabout a year ago

Thanks

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgenabout a year ago

:(

Angela P.
Angie P.about a year ago

From the article - The effort to shrink horses down to toy size is a questionable practice. Is it a new form of animal abuse? Yes, this is abuse. Of course if these horses were available, people would want to buy them, and then the cycle of abuse starts. I can see kids wanting these, parents buying them, and when the newness wears off, then they don't want the animal anymore. Then they end up in a shelter.

Jacqueline Lavanchy
Jacqueline Lavanchyabout a year ago

This is clearly abuse and mistreatment. Who are we to change the shapes and sizes of non-human beings ? I'm sick and tired of those egotic morons ! Some people should definitely increase their emotionnal intelligence rather than fooling with other people's genes.

eva Stefani
eva stefaniabout a year ago

If this can be done to horses why not humans? That would solve a whole lot of problems in this world like overcrowding, this list of possibilities is endless. You could put all your kids is your purse and always know where they are and no baby sitter worries. Just saying. Stop fooling around with mother nature.

Heather Black
Heather Blackabout a year ago

Animals are not fashion accessories - nature should not be tampered with!

Janis K.
Janis K.about a year ago

This is wrong, this is abuse. Agree with Sonali, look what we have done to dogs. They have become a fashion accessory for stupid young women!

Carol Bender
Carol Benderabout a year ago

Let animals alone, it's not Good science!!