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Published April 29, 2010, 09:09 AM

US horse is world’s tallest, performs for charity

POYNETTE, Wisconsin — Big Jake might be taller than any other horse in the world, but his owner Jerry Gilbert describes him as a gentle giant.

By: Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press

POYNETTE, Wisconsin — Big Jake might be taller than any other horse in the world, but his owner Jerry Gilbert describes him as a gentle giant.

The 9-year-old Belgian gelding is the Guinness World Record-holder for world’s tallest living horse at one quarter inch short of 6-feet, 11 inches (2.1 meters).

That’s 2.75 inches (nearly 7 centimeters) taller than the previous record-holder, a Clydesdale from Texas named Remington.

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.

Gilbert says Big Jake, who weighs about 2,600 pounds (1,180 kilograms), is good with people and even likes to goof off. He says people are astonished when they see just how big he is.

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