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Patricia Cornwell with Trip, one of the horses she donated to the guide Horse Foundation

Patricia Cornwell with Trip

Don and Janet Burleson - Copyright 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Dan with Cuddles - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald
Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Cuddles in Harness - Copyright (c) 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Copyright © 2001 by Cathleen MacDonald

Don and Janet with Trip and Ras

Copyright © 2000 by Lisa Carpenter

Cuddles on the first flight of a horse on a commercial flight

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser
The worlds first horse to fly in the passenger cabin

Cuddles guiding Dan Shaw

Copyright © 2001 by Erik Lesser

Cuddles at Lunch

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Copyright © 2001 by Wiley Miller

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Smallest Miniature Horses

While the Guide Horse Foundation uses fully-grown horses who are less than 28 inches (at the top of the withers), there are far smaller horses.

Black Beauty was born June 6, 1996 as one of the smallest miniature horses from birth.  Too small to nurse from her mother, her mother would lie down to feed her.  At birth it was apparent that she was the world's smallest miniature horses and possibly the smallest horse in the world that has ever lived.  She was less than 12 inches tall at birth, weighing less than 10 pounds.


Black Beauty is exceptionally friendly and always knickers to say hello.  She also likes to come into the house and enjoys watching television (Westerns are her favorite) and sharing popcorn. She also enjoys sitting in your lap and being rubbed.

  Black Beauty is listed in Guinness World Records as the World's Smallest Horse as of September 2001.

To qualify as the world's smallest horse, Guinness Book of Records required that she be inspected by a Vet and be carefully measured for height by independent witnesses to confirm her status as the world's smallest horse.

Black Beauty is a dwarf miniature horse and at age five years-old currently measures on 18.5 inches tall (at her withers) and she is clearly the world's smallest horse, and the smallest horse in recorded history according to the Guinness Book of Records. She held her title until 2007 when Thumbelina measured-in at only 17 inches tall.

 Read about Black Beauty in the Guinness Book of Records.

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The Guide Horse Foundation has the utmost respect for The Seeing Eye® and their seventy-two years of outstanding work with assistance animals for the blind. Even though the press often calls our horses "seeing eye horses", please note that The Guide Horse Foundation is not affiliated with or sanctioned by the Seeing-Eye® or any of the Guide Dog training organizations. Seeing-Eye® is a registered trademark of the Seeing-Eye, Inc.