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The world's tallest horse meets the world's smallest

She may be standing in the shadows but one little horse is reaching heights of her own.

At a mere 17 inches, the miniature brown mare known as Thumbelina takes pride in the lofty title of the World's Smallest Living Horse.

Her companion, Radar, is a Belgian draught horse with his own big claim to fame - as the Worlds Tallest Living Horse.


At their get-together, the two didn't exactly see eye to eye.

But with 62 inches between them, there was plenty of catching up to do.

It was the first time the world's smallest and tallest horses had been photographed together.

Their portrait will be featured in the 2008 edition of the Guinness World Records book, which is published next week.

Thumbelina, who weighs 4st 9lb, was born on a farm in St Louis, Missouri.

Her owners breed miniature horses but Thumbelina is a further quirk of nature - a miniature of a miniature.

She eats two cups of grain and a handful of hay each day.

Radar, at 6ft 71/2in from hoof to shoulder, is from Mount Pleasant, Texas.

At 2,400lb, he has a giant appetite to match, putting away 20 gallons of water a day and 18lb of grain.

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I saw the little one, Thumbelina, on one of the morning news shows. She is about the size of a golden retriever. The guy handling her said it was extremely rare for one that size to survive. But, this one is perfectly healthy.

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I feel sorry for all you youngsters who can't look at any pic anymore without immediately thinking it's photoshopped. Some things in this world are just odd looking.

I'm not questioning the existence and size of the horses, but the background looks pretty fake.

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