Your morning adorable: Miniature horse foal Einstein may be the world's tiniest horse
Miniature horse: mondo adorable.
Einstein, the little (and we do mean little) foal pictured above, was born Friday at a miniature-horse farm in Barnstead, N.H. At birth, he weighed just 6 pounds and measured 14 inches tall -- tiny even by miniature-horse standards.
Einstein's Lilliputian stature has caused his owner, Rachel Wagner, to speculate that he might be a record-breaker. The current record-holder for smallest horse is Thumbelina, an adult miniature-horse mare who measures just 17 inches tall. (At birth, Thumbelina weighed slightly more than Einstein, but she was also a few inches shorter.) Wagner has submitted paperwork to the Guinness World Records company with a view toward unseating Thumbelina, she told the Concord Monitor.
Judy Smith, who bred Einstein, noted in an interview with the Monitor that the little foal wasn't born prematurely -- in fact, he was actually born a few days after his due date. Smith and her husband breed about 10 to 15 miniature horses a year, and the average foal weighs 18 pounds and measures 21 inches, she told the Monitor.
See more photos of Einstein after the jump!
-- Lindsay Barnett
1st photo: Einstein is shown with his mother, Tiz Fenisse, as a 3-day-old on April 25, 2010.
2nd photo: Einstein with Hannah the St. Bernard on April 25.
3rd, 4th photos: 4-year-old Garrett Mullen watches Einstein.
5th photo: Rachel Wagner, Einstein's owner, holds a ruler next to the foal.
6th photo: Wagner watches as Einstein meets a full-sized horse.
Credit: Jim Cole / Associated Press