I received a comment earlier this week about Radar, suggesting that he is no longer the world’s tallest horse. Radar, a Belgian draft horse, stands at 19.3 1/2 hands and is currently listed as the tallest living horse in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Previous Posts about Radar:
I’ve done a bit more research and discovered that there are indeed other contenders.
Until last year, when she died at age 4, there was Tina a shire horse that stood 20 hands (80 inches at the withers). In 2007, she was measured by representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records and awarded the top spot.
Sadly, she died in April 2008. She had been brought to Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Alabama a veterinary clinic for a musculoskeletal problem, lay down and was unable to get up. She was still growing. Who knows how tall she would have ended up!
The newest challenger is Luscombe Nodram, or Noddy. At 5 years old, he already stands 20.1 hands tall. He is certainly the tallest horse in Australia and quite possibly the tallest horse in the world.
Noddy also holds the distinction of being one of only two gray shire horses in Australia.
Noddy weighes in at about 1.3 tons, so his owner has to hope he never steps on her foot.
The tallest horse in Britain is Cracker, a 16 year old Shire gelding who stands 19.2 hands. I’d love to know how his rider mounts him! Step ladder, perhaps?
One of the tallest horse recorded in history was Morocco, a Percheron/Arab cross who whose height was recorded as 21.2 hands in 1904. Morocco was exhibited at the St. Louis World’s Fair.