Born at just 6 lbs., the petite pony has a big personality and loves to give kisses

By Linda Marx
Updated May 13, 2010 10:59 AM
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When Charlie Cantrell and his wife, Dr. Rachel Wagner, a family practitioner, first saw foal Einstein at a friend’s horse farm near their Gilmanton, N.H., summer home, they were amazed. The newborn weighed only 6 lbs. and measured just 14-inches in length.

“He was so adorable our hearts literally popped out of our chests,” Charlie Cantrell, 43, a music entertainment entrepreneur, tells PEOPLEPets.com. “I asked the owner Judy Smith what she was going to do with the world’s smallest horse, and she said, ‘sell’ him.”

That simply wouldn’t do for horse-lovers Cantrell and Wagner, who were fascinated by the tiny guy, who resides at Smith’s Tiz A Miniature Horse Farm in nearby Barnstead.

“After Rachel and I finished admiring little Einstein – who is proportionally perfect and not a dwarf – I decided I had to buy him for my wife as long as we could keep him with Judy at Tiz,” Cantrell tells PEOPLEPets.com. “We live part of the year in Bellingham, Wash., and it was important for Einstein to get proper year-round care from Judy and her staff.”

World’s Smallest Horse?
The horse, who weighed just 6 lbs. at birth (the world’s smallest newborn horse, Thumbalina, weighed 9 lbs.) may be diminutive in size, but his personality is super-sized. “Einstein has a wonderful personality,” says Cantrell. “He thinks he is a full-sized stallion. He has no idea of his small size.”

He has a big heart to boot. “Einstein loves people and kisses his vet,” continues Cantrell. “He is a very sweet and nice little boy. We just love him.”

Now weighing 15 lbs., Einstein’s teeny size at birth still remains a mystery (most newborns weigh around 18 lbs.) and he was even born in late April, a few days later than expected. With dark ears that look like a black hat that sits on his head, Einstein has been nicknamed “Medicine Hat Pinto” because Native Americans who own these kinds of horses believe they possess magical powers.

“His father and mother are 32 inches and 30 inches and are national mini horse champions,” continues Cantrell. “But Einstein’s head and body are so perfect! There are no deformities. He is amazing.”

What does such a petite pony eat? A very special diet of mother’s milk, Timothy grass, one tablespoon of grain and the occasional clover from regular grass.

Now “utterly thrilled” that the horse belongs to them, Cantrell and Wagner visit Einstein at the farm as often as they can. “We spend four or five hours a days with him but we don’t handle him,” he says, adding that the horse is being kept from people for three weeks so that he can be free from illness.

Friendly & Fragile Foal
The couple, who own another mini horse named Karma, 3, and a few larger horses that live in New Hampshire and Washington, took Einstein to a medical center for a complete round of testing recently and were given a clean bill of health.

“We know all about his body and realize he is delicate and fragile,” Cantrell tells PEOPLEPets.com. “But he is boarding with Judy and later will be groomed. Two years from now we hope he can compete in a national miniature horse show. We are so excited.”

People-lover Einstein also gets along swimmingly with his much bigger friends and family, including horse neighbor Playboy, 7, his mother Finesse, 4, and Cantrell’s dog Hannah, a chubby saint Bernard. (Click here to see our photo gallery!)

“The animals all love each other and get along great, ” says Cantrell. “They are one big happy family.”