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The Falabella originates from Argentina and is a miniature horse breed and not a pony. It is the smallest horse breed in the world. In the middle of the 19th century this breed has been developed by a family who transferred its name to the breed. As a result of selective breeding and experiments, an Irishman successfully created a herd of perfectly built, tiny horses with a size lower than 36 inches. Thus, the 'minihorse' developed, which then was spread internationally. Falabellas are gentle, calm and trainable.
On average they reach a height of 24-inches to 28-inches hands and all colors are permitted. This breed is extremely long-lived. Often they reach an age of 40 to 45 years. In addition, they survive most severe weather conditions without special care.
The Falabella's head is of medium size compared to the body with a curved forehead and a bushy forelock. The ears are small and the neck of medium length. It leads to less pronounced withers, followed by short back. The croup is sloping with a tick and bushy tail. The legs are very slim, but strong. As Falabellas are too small to be ridden, they are mainly to pull small carriages or perform in shows.
Falabella is a true purebred due to their unique and historic ancestry, which is one of its greatest attributes. The other is the fact that the Falabella name is known and recognized all over the world. Breed ancestry has been kept pure by the Falabella Farm and by small groups of dedicated breeders who want to preserve their precious heritage. The Falabella is an exquisitely unique horse that has always been rare due to the limited number within its pure ancestry gene pool. Estimates indicate that only a few thousand Falabellas exist in the entire world. The most desirable feature of the Falabella and its primary value is that of its rarity and pure Falabella ancestry. Falabellas are very pretigious to own and are highy prized by those who have them.
Currently, an experiment was started in the United States to train Falabellas as blind guides, as they are very intelligent and small. However, this experiment is highly controversial because Falabellas are horses which on the other hand are still prey animals and very headstrong.