Our Falabellas

I decided not to breed Falabellas due to the time commitment with the large horses. Tiara is not for sale.
Purebred Falabella
Born 5-15-2019
Expected Mature Height - 26-27"
DNA results are: Ee (heterogyzous black), n/PATN1 (heterozygous PATN1) and negative for everything else. Tiara is expected to mature to around 26" to 27" as an adult. She's my super sweet shadow that follows along everywhere.


These two little guys are American Miniature horses, not Falabellas, but it didn't feel right leaving them out so here they are!

On the left: 12 Oaks Invest In Silver - (Silver)~~DOB:2/17/2007~~ Color: Grey Pinto~~Height: 29"
On the right: Island’s Grasshopper Mist - (Grasshopper)~~ DOB: 2/4/2007~~Color: Bay Pinto~~ Height: 29"

Back in 2014 I went to a yard sale in my neighborhood and saw these two tiny horses in the back yard. Another patron was asking the owner about them and said she would give them away as long as they stayed together. They'd been together since they were four months old. The other lady wasn't interested so I asked if I could pet them. She told me, "You can try. The brown one might let you touch him but you'll never get your hands on the white one." So I went out in the yard and within five minutes I was petting Grasshopper. I noticed that Silver's halter was digging into his face so I explained that I wanted to fix his halter so it wouldn't hurt anymore. About five minutes later, I was adjusting his halter. The lady couldn't believe it and I picked them up later that day. After I got them, I had them vet checked and discovered that Silver had foundered in all four feet. They were feral and had been abused. They were both severely overweight because they were allowed to eat grain unrestricted. I've had these little guys for six years now and they've really come around although I think Silver will always be somewhat wary of people, especially men. But that's okay, they're with me for the rest of their lives. My little guys!
History of the Falabella Horse

The Falabella horse originated in Argentina and is known as the true original miniature horse. It is not a pony. It is one of the smallest breeds of horse in the world with most Falabella’s being 34 inches or smaller at the withers as an adult (three years of age). They are similar to Arabians and Thoroughbreds in confirmation, with slim frames and sleek coats, and often carry the Appaloosa spotting patterns. Some have an abundance of hair with long manes and hair around the fetlocks. Falabella’s can be registered in the Falabella Miniature Horse Association in the United States and the FSE Falabella in Europe and in the United States can also be registered in the American Miniature Horse Association (AMHA) and the American Miniature Horse Registry (AMHR).

Falabellas are very intelligent with excellent temperaments and easy trainability and are often used as therapy and guide animals because of these qualities and their small size. They are also used as show horses for in-hand classes, or for driving classes, and they can be jumped in hand to heights up to three feet. They are also used as companion animals for both people and other animals. They can only be ridden by very small children.

The Falabella was originally developed in Olavarria, Argentina in 1868 by Patrick Newtall, who used small local horses of Criollo stock and some of the small horses in the Mapuche Indian herds of Southern Buenos Aires, who were descended from Iberian and Andalusian horses brought to the area in 1536 by the Spanish but who were left to survive on their own when the Spanish were unable to conquer the area. These horses went through biological and structural changes to adjust to the conditions of the land. They traveled great distances to find food and water, became very hardy, intelligent, and instinctively aware of the conditions around them. This resulting in inbreeding within the herds, and the production of smaller horses.

Patrick Newtall originally used these horses in his breeding program. They were also the foundation stock of other breeds such as the Criollo. Upon Newtall’s death, the herd and breeding program passed to his son-in-law, Juan Falabella, who added other bloodlines including very small Thoroughbreds, the Welsh Pony, and the Shetland Pony. By carefully selecting the smallest stallions to breed to the smallest mares, he was able to continually create smaller sized horses with each passing generation, which was then named Falabella after their family. The herd breeding then passed down to Juan’s son Emilo and then to Emilo’s son Julio. In the 1940’s, Julio Falabella, started the formal breed registry, the Establecimientos Falabella, which is now known as the Falabella Horse Breeders Association, which has the longest recorded history of any miniature horse association in the world, with records going back 150 years. He also standardized the breed to reach a consistent height, which is now less than 34” at the withers. In 1962 the first Falabella’s were imported to the United States when John Aleno of Argentina sold 12 stallions that he had purchased from Julio Falabella, to the Regina Winery in Etiwanda, California to be used as driving horses to promote the wine. Most of the horse in the United States descend from these 12 stallions.

In 1980 upon Julio’s death, the herd and ranches were divided between Maria Luisa, his second wife, and Maria Angelica, his only daughter. In 1995 Julio’s daughter Angela moved to South Carolina with her herd of Falabellas. In April 2006 she sold her entire herd to Laurie Stevens of Toyland Falabellas Miniature Horses including Angela’s special picks that were only 26” to 30” tall and whose bloodlines go back to the original herd in Argentina.

According to the FMHA, “There are less than 2000 Falabellas registered in the FMHA since its incorporation in 1973. Only small herds are known to exist in the USA and most other countries, and their number is estimated to be only several thousand in the entire world. There is a strong demand and limited supply due to the small number in existence. There are distinct differences between Falabellas compared to American Miniature Horses. The rarity and purebred Falabella ancestry of every Falabella is what primarily sets it apart from all other Miniature Horses.”


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