Adorable Bombel enters record books for being shortest horse in the world

Standing just 56.7cm tall, Bombel is shorter than a greyhound. Guinness World Records

An adorable pony from Poland has been named the shortest horse in the world.

The miniature Appaloosa called Bombel (meaning bubble) stands just 56.7 cm tall from hoof to shoulder blades, making him shorter than a greyhound.

Owner Katarzyna Zielińska said that when Bombel was supposed to start growing up, he didn’t.Guinness World Records

Owners Patryk and Katarzyna Zielińska from the KasKada stud farm in the city of Łódź said they first noticed Bombel was ‘noticeably tiny’, even though his parents were the normal size of miniature horses, when he was just two months old.

Katarzyna said: “The first time we saw Bombel he was two months old and was such a tiny, tiny, little guy and we thought something is going on with him.

“When he started growing up, we saw he wasn't growing as he was supposed to be.

“That was when we decided we should [approach] Guinness World Records.”

But according to Katarzyna, despite his small size, five-year-old Bombel has a huge personality and a huge heart and every month does voluntary work at a local children’s hospital where he drops in to see the patients and give them emotional support.

Bombel lives at the KasKada stud farm in the city of Łódź.Guinness World Records

Katarzyna said: "The kids just love Bombel and they don’t care [about] his size.

“Bombel has changed our lives completely, because he allows us to help other people and make kids happy."

She added: “We're so happy and proud to have Bombel in the Guinness World Records book.”

Bombel will now appear in the Guinness Book of World Records 2020.Guinness World Records

The previous shortest horse was a miniature sorrel brown mare from St Louis, Missouri, USA called Thumbelina who died last year.

Guinness World Records says it is now on the look-out for a new shortest female horse.