A tiny horse called Acer is believed to be Britain’s smallest steed at just 22 inches tall. Acer was born with a rare condition called dwarfism, which means he didn’t grow properly in the womb.
Born of two imported American horses both carrying a recessive gene on Maureen’s farm in Corringham, Essex, little Acer suffers with dwarfism.
Whereas most newborn miniature horses stand at rough 20 inches tall, this petite pony was only 14.5 inches!
Miniature horse breeder Maureen explains that she’d never had a dwarf before, and was worried because of his domed head, slight underbite and misshapen hind legs.
‘Most people would have him put down, but we persevered with him and he’s a lovely little chap,’ beams Maureen.
The Cambridge Equine Hospital soon fitted his hooves with extensions to improve Acer’s mobility, and while he would never get any taller than 22 inches, his personality only continued to grow.