The 8 Smallest Horse Breeds From Around The World

By Sharon Dawson March 19, 2024, 10:37 AM

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1. Shetland Pony

Originating from Scotland's Shetland Islands, Shetland Ponies are among the smallest equines, typically standing around 28 to 42 inches tall at the withers. Despite their small size, they are hardy, intelligent, and versatile, often used for driving, riding by children, and even in therapeutic programs.

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2. Welsh Section A Pony

The Welsh Section A Pony is the smallest of the Welsh Pony and Cob breeds, standing between 11 and 12.2 hands (44 to 50 inches) tall. They are hardy, intelligent, and versatile ponies, often used for children's riding, driving, and as family ponies.

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3. Falabella

Bred in Argentina, the Falabella is one of the tiniest horse breeds, standing between 28 and 34 inches tall. They were developed from a combination of several small horse breeds, including the Shetland Pony, and are known for their friendly disposition and suitability as pets or companions.

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4. Miniature Horse

Miniature Horses are selectively bred to be small, standing no taller than 34 to 38 inches at the withers. They have proportionate conformation to larger horse breeds and are often kept as pets, therapy animals, or shown in competition.

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5. American Miniature Horse

Similar to the Miniature Horse, the American Miniature Horse is bred for its diminutive size, typically standing under 34 inches tall. They are known for their friendly nature and are commonly used in therapy programs, as well as in driving competitions and as companion animals.

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6. Miniature Shetland Pony

As the name suggests, Miniature Shetland Ponies are a smaller variant of the Shetland Pony breed, typically standing under 34 inches tall. They share many characteristics with their larger counterparts but are more suitable for very young children or as pets due to their small size.

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7. Gotland Pony

Originating from Sweden's Gotland Island, the Gotland Pony is a small and hardy breed, standing around 12 to 13 hands (48 to 52 inches) tall. They are known for their friendly temperament, agility, and suitability for both children and adults in various equestrian disciplines.

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8. Miniature Donkey

While not a horse breed, miniature donkeys are often included in discussions of small equines due to their size. Miniature Donkeys typically stand under 36 inches tall and are known for their gentle nature, intelligence, and suitability as companion animals or for light draft work.

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