Is Einstein the horse still alive? Story of the smallest horse in the world

Is Einstein the horse still alive? Story of the smallest horse in the world

They say that all the good things come in small packages, and this is no different with Einstein the horse. He was the world's smallest horse. His dam and sire stood at 32 and 30 inches tall, both holding championship miniature horse titles.

Einstein the horse
Einstein the horse on the green field. Photo: @EinsteinMini
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You might remember the story of Einstein, the world's smallest miniature horseback. It was first reported in 2010. Little Einstein was the smallest of the smallest when it comes to horses. His parents were miniature horses, but Einstein was only 6 pounds when he was born.

Einstein the horse's profile summary

  • Sire: Spend A Buck
  • Grandsire: Buckaroo
  • Dam: Gay Charm
  • Damsire: Ghadeer
  • Sex: Stallion
  • Foaled: 23rd October 2002
  • Died: October 28, 2020 (aged 18)
  • Country: Brazil
  • Colour: Dark Bay/Brown
  • Breeder: Fazenda Mondesir
  • Owner: Frank Stronach
  • Trainer: Helen Pitts-Blasi
  • Record: 30: 11-4-4
  • Earnings: US $2,945,238

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Einstein the horse background

Einstein was a dark bay or brown horse bred in Brazil by Fazenda Mondesir. When was Einstein born? He was born on 22nd April 2020. He was sired by the 1985 American Horse of the Year, Spend A Buck.

His dam, Gay Charm, was the 1988 Brazilian Champion Three-Year-Old Filly. His damsire was Ghadeer, a son of Lyphard and an influential stallion in Brazil who sired twenty-five Group One winner. So what breed is Einstein the horse? He was a thoroughbred racehorse.

When he was brought to the United States, Einstein's new owners entrusted his race conditioning to Helen Pitts, who had taken over their stable upon the retirement of Kenneth McPeek.

Einstein the horse
Einstein the horse with her damsire. Photo: @EinsteinMini
Source: Twitter

Einstein was retired to stand stud at Stronach's Adena Springs farm near Paris, Kentucky starting with the 2010 breeding season. He was pensioned to Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, on 11th March 2019.

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At only two months old, Einstein broke another record as the first and only horse to undergo surgery by a canine specialist neurosurgeon. He had a spinal cord injury and endured 8 hours of surgery at Cornell University- in turn, saving his life. He even made an appearance on the Oprah Show just eight weeks after surgery!

What is Einstein the horse known for?

Einstein made his debut on 25th February 2006 at Gulfstream Park in Florida, USA. He emerged the winner of his first two Gulfstream Park Turf Handicaps. He also won in three different track surfaces and defended his Grade 1 Turf Classic Stakes title on 2nd May 2009.

In September 2009, Frank Stronach purchased the horse from Midnight Cry Stables. He took part in numerous other competitions until he died in 2020. Here are the highlights of all his significant races and past performances:

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  • 22nd October 2005 - MSW (5th position)
  • 6th June 2006 - Turf Classic G1 (4th position)
  • 2nd February 2008 - Donn Handicap- G1(6th position)
  • 11th April 2008 - Maker's Mark Mile- G1(2nd position)
  • 3rd May 2008 - Turf Classic- G1(1st position)
  • 14th June 2008 - Stephen Foster- G1(2nd position)
  • 4th July 2008 - Firecracker- G2(2nd position)
  • 9th August 2008 -Arlington Million - G1(5th position)
  • 28th May 2008 - Clark Stakes - G2(1st position)
  • 31st January 2009 - Donn Handicap - G1(3rd position)
  • 7th March 2009 - Santa Anita Handicap - G1(1st position)
  • 2nd May 2009 - Turf Classic- G1(1st position)
  • 13th June 2009 - Stephen Foster - G1(3rd position)
  • 8th August 2009 -Arlington Million - G1(5th position)
  • 6th September 2009 - Pacific Classic - G1(2nd position)
  • 7th November 2009 - Breeder's Cup Classic - G1(11th position)
  • 27th November 2009 - Clark Stakes - G1(3rd position)

Is Einstein the smallest horse?

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Einstein the horse
Einstein the horse running in the field. Photo: @EinsteinMini
Source: Twitter

Yes, he is the world's most miniature horse. He was born with an astonishing weight of 6 pounds and stood at 14 inches tall. His birth set a world record as the world's most petite miniature horse. He was three pounds lighter than the previous record-holder born with 9 pounds.

How big is Einstein the small horse? Before death, he was about 2 feet tall and weighed around 80 pounds. The fully grown horse was the size of a Golden Retriever.

Is Einstein the horse still alive?

No, he is not. He was euthanized at the age of 18 on 28th October 2020, after suffering complications from cancer. At his death, he lived in Bellingham, Washington, with his owners Charlie Cantrell and Dr Rachel Wagner.

Einstein the horse was a majority's favourite across the globe. He constantly won the hearts of many people on different social media platforms through his lovely videos and photos. In his career, he displayed the irresistible speed to conquer from one state to another one.

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