Hi Horse Pals,
So, this week's breed tied in perfectly with our friends' Steve and Tamara's visit to South America.
Here are some fun facts about the Falabella:
Fact #1: The little Falabella is named after the family who created it near Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the early 1900s. They crossed tiny Shetland ponies with a small Thoroughbred and kept breeding using the smallest ponies produced, creating the smallest breed of horse in the world..
Fact #2: Although its size suggests it is a pony, its proportions make it closer to a miniature horse, standing around 7 to 8.2 hands.
Fact #3 Falabella foals stand only around 4 hands (that's only 16 inches!) and the mom is pregnant for 13 months, two months longer than other horses and ponies!
Fact #4: Most Falabellas are considered intelligent and easily trainable. Due to their size, Falabella horses can only be ridden by very small children, and thus are generally shown in-hand at horse shows. They can be taught to drive, and cart driving is a favorite pastime of Falabella owners. They also are able to jump obstacles up to three feet, though only in-hand, without a rider.
Fact #5: Falabella's most common colors are bay and black, but there are also pintos, palominos and other spotting patterns found.
I hope you love this little horse as much as I do! Here is a clue for next week's breed...
this breed is often featured in movies!
Your Horse Pal,