Radar and Thumbelina Meet
The Guinness Book of World Records recently brought together the world's smallest and tallest horse to be photographed with each other for a feature in the upcoming edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. Radar, a Belgian draught horse, stands 6 ft. 7 1/2 in. and weighs 2,540 lbs. Thumbelina, a dwarf miniature, is 17 inches tall and weighs 65 lbs. Thumbelina eats 2 cups of grain and a handful of hay. Radar eats 18 lbs. of grain and 20 gallons of water. Worlds apart in size and things like how much they eat and drink, what could these two horses possibly share in common?
They both share the experience of being lifted by Sri Chinmoy on specially designed weightlifting apparatuses used as part of his Lifting Up the World with a Oneness Heart initiative.
At the end of May 2007, Sri Chinmoy offered a Lifting Up the World with a Oneness Heart award to Thumbelina at a gathering in Queens, NY in honour of of the efforts to raise a million dollars for needy children through the Thumbelina Children's Society. He lifted her on a seated calf-raise apparatus and overhead on a lifting apparatus along with her owner Michael Goessling and handler Tago De Peitro.
One month later, Sri Chinmoy lifted Radar and his handler Charles Woods on a standing calf-raise lifting apparatus in upstate NY. He was inspired to lift Radar because "Radar is the tallest, so Radar gave me the inspiration to set my goals to the highest." Additionally, he wrote two songs about the horse which his students performed during the event.
John Gillespie's blog entry at Sensitivitytothings.com World’s Tallest, Smallest Horses Lifted, Literally.