10 Interesting Facts about the Falabella

10 Interesting Facts about the Falabella

Developed in isolated conditions throughout most of the 1800s, the Falabella has its foundations in the Andalusian and Iberian breeds and descended from horse stock in South America. Here are 10 interesting facts about this miniature breed.

  1. The Size of the Falabella

Rarely standing taller than 8 hands, the Falabella is one of the smallest horse breeds in the world today. By comparison, the average height of most other horse breeds in 15 hands.

  1. The Weight of the Falabella

The average weight of the Falabella breed is 31kgs, making it the same size as a large house dog and approximately 430kgs lighter than the average horse! While the Falabella is small and cutesy, they prefer grooming and personal activities to games.

  1. The Bloodline of the Falabella

The majority of US-based Falabellas come from just 12 stallions as the first of this breed were not brought to the US until 1962. A winery based in California bought a dozen Falabellas from John Aleno and they were used to drive a small stagecoach in local parades.

  1. The Founder of the Falabella

Originally called the Falabella Horse Breeders Association, the first formal registry for Falabella horses was created by Julio Falabella.

  1. The Colour of the Falabella

While typically black or bay in colour, the Falabella breed is also known to have palominos, pintos, and other spotted patterns. The genetics of the Falabella also allows for some to resemble miniature Appaloosa horses; however this is rare – far rarer than the best online pokies NZ.

  1. The Consistency of the Falabella

Falabellas are renowned for passing down their temperament to their offspring and they are one of the most consistent breeds available today. Size and conformation is also consistently passed from through breeding and foals typically stand at just 30cm at birth.

  1. The Use of the Falabella

While the Falabella is incredibly small, it is possible to ride them, but this privilege is reserved for small children. Falabellas make good training horses for toddlers and they are also used for show jumping, however this is done without a rider.

  1. Falabellas as Guide Animals

Owing to their relative small size and vast intelligence, Falabellas can also be trained as guide animals and they can adapt to numerous disabilities to provide insight, assistance, and protection to those who may need extra help.

  1. Keeping the Falabella

While Falabellas are often housed in stables with larger breeds, they are in fact small enough to be kept inside the house. If treated to regular grooming and bathing, the Falabella’s indoor presence is virtually odour-free. If the Falabella is to be kept inside as a pet, owners may want to consider fitting their horse with rubber shoes to prevent falls and damage to floors.

  1. The Appetite of the Falabella

Although small, the Falabella is a grazing horse and prefer natural grasses and grains as part of their daily intake. The amount of pasture required is minimal, but owners may need to provide trace mineral and salt supplements.

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