Monday 29 May 2017

Gentle giant Jake reins supreme

Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake - the Guinness World Record holder for the world's tallest living horse
Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake - the Guinness World Record holder for the world's tallest living horse

Big Jake might be taller than any other horse in the world, but his owner says he's just a gentle giant.

The nine-year-old Belgian gelding is the Guinness World Record holder for world's tallest living horse at one quarter-inch short of 6ft 11ins.

That is 2.75ins taller than the previous record-holder, a Clydesdale from Texas named Remington.

Big Jake's owner Jerry Gilbert and his family, who own Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wisconsin, usually show Big Jake as a draft horse in four-or six-horse hitches and raise money for the Ronald McDonald House.

Mr Gilbert says Big Jake, who weighs about 2,600lbs, is good with people, who are astonished when they see just how big he is.

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