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The Falabella is a special and rare breed. It developed a stable build and height after many generations of selection. The Falabella is extremely small. It comes from
The Falabella is still a horse although it is smaller than even other pony breeds. In fact, a small Falabella stands at only slightly over 24 inches. A large Falabella, on the other hand, is no more than 34 inches tall.
On average, the Falabella stands at a height of 6.1-7 hands (24-28 inches, 61-71 centimeters).
The Falabella is gentle and docile. However it possesses great strength, beyond its small build. The Falabella is also able to survive harsh conditions without the specialized care that most horses need.
In 1845, tribes to the south of
Juan Falabella experimented with the breed with the aim of further improving his stock. He mixed it with strains from the small English Thoroughbred, the Shetland Pony, and the Criollo. Through his efforts, he was able to develop a breed that was no more than thirty-three inches tall.
Falabella passed his horse breeding data to his son, Julio Cesar Falabella; it was Julio Cesar Falabella who gave the ponies the term “minihorse.” Like his father, Julio Falabella also experimented with the breed. He used more than 700 mares in his efforts to improve the breed further. In 1937, he successfully produced the stallion Napoleon I. This stallion was one of the foundation sires of the Falabella breed. Soon, the Falabella attracted interest from the
A horse that is four years of age or older; a stallion is intact
Indicates that an animal has a gentle nature