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Falabella Red Chestnut Snowflake Coat (left view)
Red Chestnut Snowflake Coat (left view)
Falabella Golden Bay Varnish Coat (normal view)
Golden Bay Varnish Coat (normal view)

Falabella Sandy Wild Bay Pintaloosa Coat (front view)
Sandy Wild Bay Pintaloosa Coat (front view)
Falabella Chocolate Brown Pintaloosa Coat (right view)
Chocolate Brown Pintaloosa Coat (right view)

The Falabella is an Argentinian miniature horse breed, which is famous for its extremely small size that usually ranges from 6.3hh to 8.1hh.

19th century and early development:
The development of the Falabella breed started in 1845, when a man named Patrick Newtall acquired small horses and started to selectively breed them for small size. In 1879, Patrick handed his herd of horses, who were less than 9hh tall, to his son-in-law Juan Falabella.

Juan decided to improve the conformation of these small horses by crossing them with horses of other breeds, such as Criollo and Shetland, while selectively picking the smallest offspring. This resulted in a horse with a better conformation, whose maximum height is 8.3hh.

20th century and the Falabella we know today:
In 1905, Juan passed his herd to his son, Emillio, who continued the selectively breed these little horses until they all had a uniform conformation. In 1927, Emillio gave the herd to the family member Julio Cesar Falabella, who not only continued with the breeding program of these horses, but also gave them the name "minihorses," recorded their lineages, and worked to promote the breed. Furthermore, in 1940, Julio set a breed standard for the Falabella, and started an official registry for the breed.

In the 1950s, the Falabella breed became known around the world, and today it can be found in almost every country.

Usages and attributes:
While the small size of Falabella horses prevents them from being ridden, these mini-horses are strong enough to pull loaded carts, and therefore can be used for cart-driving. In addition, their unique and charismatic look makes them popular for in-hand shows.

Similar to other miniature horses, Falabellas are extremely smart horses who have an excellent memory. In addition, they can outlive most other horse breeds, often living for more than 40 years. Therefore, in recent years, Falabella horses started to serve as guide horses.

Conformation:
The conformation of the Falabella is similar to the conformation of a horse, rather than that of a pony. Therefore, despite being shorter than 8.1 hh, Falabellas are termed as horses, and not ponies.

Falabella horses vary greatly in their conformation. While some horses have a long, slender frame, others have a compact, bulkier one. In Horse Isle, the conformation of the Falabella is slightly more uniform and characterized with a concave or straight profile, large eyes, small ears, a neck that is held somewhat high, smooth withers, and an overall small but not bulky build.

The mane is medium or long in length, and the hair is coarse or smooth and silky. It can have light waviness to it, but excessive waviness is not characteristic of this breed. The tail grows long and is usually thick but not overly bulky.

Performance metrics:
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Falabellas in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases, horses might have metrics outside of the range. Breeders can produce horses that are beyond this range.

Speed: 11.8-12.4, 12.1 (0.2), 0.03.
Sprint: 18-26, 22 (2), 0.38.

Accel: 0.85-1.03, 0.94 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 0.91-1.09, 0.99 (0.04), 0.01.

Jump: 5.03-5.26, 5.14 (0.06), 0.01.
Pull: 0.24-0.63, 0.40 (0.11), 0.02.

Turning: 40.08-54.45, 48.28 (2.99), 0.59.
Reverse: 2.0-2.5, 2.2 (0.1), 0.02.

Stamina: 43.22-48.80, 45.62 (0.9), 0.18.
Reaction: 0.49-0.65, 0.58 (0.04), 0.01.

Coats & Height:
Colors & patterns: all colors and patterns except for pangare.

Height: 6.3hh to 8.1hh (70cm to 86cm).
Falabella Coal Black Coat
Coal Black Coat
Falabella Ebony Black Snowcap Coat
Ebony Black Snowcap Coat
Falabella Seal Brown Pintaloosa Coat
Seal Brown Pintaloosa Coat
Falabella Chocolate Brown Pintaloosa Coat
Chocolate Brown Pintaloosa Coat
Falabella Golden Bay Coat
Golden Bay Coat
Falabella Mahogany Bay Blanket Coat
Mahogany Bay Blanket Coat
Falabella Golden Bay Rabicano Blanket Coat
Golden Bay Rabicano Blanket Coat
Falabella Red Bay Blanket Coat
Red Bay Blanket Coat
Falabella Flaxen Liver Chestnut Coat
Flaxen Liver Chestnut Coat
Falabella Red Chestnut Snowflake Coat
Red Chestnut Snowflake Coat
Falabella Red Chestnut Blanket Coat
Red Chestnut Blanket Coat
Falabella Flaxen Red Chestnut Blanket Coat
Flaxen Red Chestnut Blanket Coat
Falabella Chestnut Blanket Coat
Chestnut Blanket Coat
Falabella Smoky Black Coat
Smoky Black Coat
Falabella Smoky Brown Coat
Smoky Brown Coat
Falabella Brown Buckskin Coat
Brown Buckskin Coat
Falabella Buckskin Coat
Buckskin Coat
Falabella Buckskin Snowcap Coat
Buckskin Snowcap Coat
Falabella Sooty Copper Palomino Blanket Coat
Sooty Copper Palomino Blanket Coat
Falabella Perlino Pintaloosa Coat
Perlino Pintaloosa Coat
Falabella Cremello Sabino Coat
Cremello Sabino Coat
Falabella Grulla Coat
Grulla Coat
Falabella Dun Coat
Dun Coat
Falabella Sooty Dunskin Coat
Sooty Dunskin Coat
Falabella Dunskin Silver Coat
Dunskin Silver Coat
Falabella Flaxen Red Dun Coat
Flaxen Red Dun Coat
Falabella Bright Bay Silver Coat
Bright Bay Silver Coat
Falabella Yellow Silver Coat
Yellow Silver Coat
Falabella Grey Coat
Grey Coat
Falabella Grey Blanket Coat
Grey Blanket Coat
Falabella Dun Tobiano Coat
Dun Tobiano Coat
Falabella Flaxen Chestnut Pintaloosa Coat
Flaxen Chestnut Pintaloosa Coat
Falabella Slate Grulla Silver Tobiano Coat
Slate Grulla Silver Tobiano Coat
Falabella Sandy Wild Bay Pintaloosa Coat
Sandy Wild Bay Pintaloosa Coat
Falabella Pintaloosa Coat
Pintaloosa Coat
Falabella Linebacked Brown Cream Pearl Coat
Linebacked Brown Cream Pearl Coat


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