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  • Pony.
  • Falabella   Falabella  .
    General information
  • Originally from Argentina, named after the family who developed the breed.
  • The best known miniature horse.
  • Always claimed to be a horse and not a pony due to its characteristics and proportions.
  • Can survive in severe weather conditions.
  • Long-lived, ie up to 40 years old.
  • Up to two lumbar vertabre and three ribs may be missing.
  • Gentle but strong.
  • Friendly temperament.
  • Shetland Pony   Shetland Pony    →   Thoroughbred   Thoroughbred  .
    Principal uses
  • Pet.
  • Harness.
  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Glegg P D et al (2001) Scapulohumeral osteoarthritis in 20 Shetland ponies, miniature horses and Falabella ponies. Vet Rec 148, 175-179.

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.


  • Establecimientos Falabella, Av. Quintana 494 - Piso 6, 1129 Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Kilverstone Miniature Horse Stud, Kilverstone, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2RL, UK.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.

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