By Mikey Jones
My little pony has come to life.
This tiny horse is believed to be the world’s smallest perfectly formed miniature horse.
Bluey, who at two-and-a-half months stands at just 15 inches tall, weighed a mere 6lbs when he was born – and was smaller than a large number of human babies.
The American Miniature was so tiny that owners Wil Weijters and Veronica Holtskot feared he would not survive.
However, the little pony battled through and is now warming the hearts of everyone who visits the Cremedela Miniature Horse Centre in Aquitaine, France.
He was photographed with five-year-old Alice Daisy by professional photographer Jeff Ross playing in the grass like a puppy.
Veronica, 56, who owns the centre with her husband Wil, said: “He is such a sweet horse and so loving.
“He comes running up to sit in your lap and rolls over so you can stroke his stomach. He is just like a little puppy.
“When he was born he was so tiny we thought he would not survive.
“We have been breeding miniature horses for a long time I’ve been researching them all across America even longer.
“We have never heard of one so small.
“But he is really special and we are so delighted to have him. It would take a very special offer to take him away from the farm.”
Perfectly formed and showing no signs of dwarfism, his only medical complication is cataracts.
Bluey needs an operation to remove cataracts from his eyes, which only two specialist vets in France are able to perform.
Veronica said: “We are very pleased that the first operation was a complete success.
“We are now just waiting for an operation on his left eye.
“He was born practically blind so for him to get his sight is absolutely wonderful.”
Veronica and Wil breed American Miniatures for people to have as pets or as guide horses.
They were originally bred as expensive gifts for European royalty.
However, during the First World War, their numbers dwindled rapidly as people ate them as food source.
Some were taken to America to save them, where they were bred and renamed American Miniatures.