Thursday 14 December 2017

Owner's pride over tallest horse

Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake, the world's tallest horse
Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake, the world's tallest horse

Big Jake might be taller than any other horse in the world, but his owner Jerry Gilbert describes him as 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 six feet and 11 inches (2.1 metres).

That's 2.75 inches (nearly seven centimetres) taller than the previous record holder, a Clydesdale from Texas named Remington.

Mr Gilbert and his family own Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wisconsin.

He usually shows Big Jake as a draft horse in four-or six-horse hitches and he raises money for the Ronald McDonald House charity.

Mr Gilbert says Big Jake, who weighs about 2,600 pounds (1,180 kilograms), is good with people but people are astonished when they see just how big he is.

Press Association

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