If you love horses, you’re in for a real treat. Meet Big Jake — who in 2012 was crowned by the Guinness World Records as the tallest living horse on the planet. When he was born, Jake weighed 240 pounds. He was nearly 6 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs a whopping 2,600 pounds!
He’s owned by one very lucky man (who certainly has his hands full), and that’s Jerry Gilbert of Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette, WI. Though he towers over everything and everyone in sight, Jerry describes Big Jake as a gentle giant with a heart as big as his body. He loves people, he loves attention, and he loves goofing off.
Jake was fed a regimented diet in order to keep his strong stature, which includes two bales of hay every day, lots of oats and an assortment of vitamins. Jerry shows Big Jake as a draft horse in hitches and together, the duo raises money for the Ronald McDonald House.
It’s no wonder that anyone who came in Big Jake’s path for the first time reacts with a mixture of shock and awe. “It takes them about five minutes to comprehend how tall he actually is,” Jerry says. I’d say so. Big Jake passed away this year at age 20 in Wisconsin but he will definitely be an unforgettable horse! Please watch the video below to get to know Jake better and if you like this video, please make sure to spread out to your friends so they can enjoy it as well.