By Kelly McPherson 

The smallest and arguably cutest horse on the planet is the Falabella with an average height of only 70 – 83 cm (aprox 7 – 8 hands). 

The origin of the Falabella horse can be linked to the Andalusian, which the Spaniards brought with them to accomplish the enormous tasks of the conquest-chosen for their rusticity and attempts to conquer the area’s human inhabitants.  

It is understood that following the unsuccessful attempts by the Spanish to conquer the area’s human inhabitants, the surviving horses were left to wander the vast plains where they underwent a series of biological processes and structural changes in order to adapt to the new conditions that were incredibly different to their native land. 

Multiple biological and environmental factors, in addition to continuous inbreeding and isolation, probably caused genetic mutations in successive generations, resulting in the kind of horse that the ancestors of the founding Falabella family saw for the first time before the mid-nineteenth century in the herds of Mapuche Indians of southern Buenos Aires province in Argentina.   

One of the founding fathers of the breed, Juan Falabella achieved a herd of well-structured horses after years of experimenting and selective breeding including, the Shetland and Welsh ponies, Criollos, small horses from Eastern Europe and the thoroughbred. 

As a result of many years of crossing and selection the Fallabela family created a miniature horse (which is not the same as a miniature pony) with all of the features and attributes of its taller relatives. 

Despite being tiny, the Falabela breed makes up for its lack of height with its completely lovable personality, a high level of intelligence, trainability and an average life span of between 40 – 45 years, which is well above the average for other horse breeds that have a life expectancy of between 25 – 30 years.  

The Falabella loves to have fun and out in the paddock are usually quite gregarious, however they are an extremely gentle and docile animal that loves being handled by humans at a much faster rate than other horses. 

Generally the Falabella has fine, silky hair and skin that is thin and supple.  The manes can be short and straight while others are long and fall on both sides of the neck.  The most common colours for the Falabella are black or brown but can include almost any colour, including pinto but with the exception of appaloosa.  

According to the international museum of the horse, there is no Appaloosa in the Falabella breed.  Black or red spotted Falabellas are extremely uncommon and there are few in the Falabella herds. 

Since the beginning of the 1950’s it is said that there is no place in the world that the Falabella has not trodden, which makes them not only the smallest, but also one of the most popular horse breeds of all time. 

 

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