20-inch pony left long-faced, must wait to be crowned world’s smallest horse

The 20-inch Shetland pony Pumuckel next to her owner Carola Weidemann and a full-sized horse on a farm near Breckerfeld, western Germany, October 21, 2022. (Image credit: INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

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A little pony named Pumuckel was on the verge of claiming the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest horse – but failed, due to a slight technicality. But while this year’s celebrations had to be curbed, the little creature is likely to claim the official title next year.

Pumuckel, a male Shetland pony, stands 20 inches (50.8 centimeters) tall at the withers, the area where a horse’s shoulders meet his mane, which is commonly used to measure equine height. The adorable brown and white horse lives with its owner Carola Weidemann on a farm near Breckerfeld in Germany and is named after “Pumuckl”, a tiny pixie-like creature created by German author Ellis Kaut in the 1960s.

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