Meet Big Jake, a 12-year old Belgian Draft Horse, who was named the World’s Tallest Living Horse in 2010 and appears in the 2011 AND 2013 Book of World Records. Jake stands at 20 hands 2 3/4″ without shoes and weighs 2600 pounds. He is owned by Jerry Gilbert of Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette, Wisconson. Remington, the previous record holder was a mere 20 hands.
Jake was big right from the start: He weighed 240 pounds at birth, about 50 pounds more than is typical for his breed
and he just kept getting bigger. In 2010, his owner decided to see if he was more than just big and obtained the guidelines from Guinness World Records needed to compete for this record.
Jake lives large. His stall is 20′x20′, he travels in a semi trailer and he eats 1.5 bales of hay and 40 quarts of oats per day.
Jake doesn’t rest on his laurels. He helps to raise money on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House Charity and to stay in shape, Jake is the wheel horse for the Smokey Hollow Farm Show hitch and is driven every other day with another horse to keep in shape.