Just like there is a tallest man in the world, there’s a tallest horse as well. Sadly, the horse is no more. Big Jake, who held the record for being the tallest horse in the world, was reported dead two weeks ago in Wisconsin. The news came from Valicia Gilbert who is the wife of Jerry Gilbert, owner of the farm on which Big Jake lived.
Big Jake was a 20-year-old Belgian horse who lived on a small farm in Poynette’s Smokey Hollow. The exact date of death wasn’t revealed by Valicia Gilbert when the Associated Press contacted her via Facebook. AP quoted her stating that the family would not remember Big Jake by a date. The event was extremely shocking and traumatic for the Gilbert family. Big Jake measured 6-foot-10-inches or nearly 2.1 meters in height and weighed over 2,500 pounds or 1,136 kgs. His name was induced in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 for being the tallest horse in the world.
As per Jerry Gilbert, the owner of the farm, Big Jake was very popular and truly a magnificent creature. The horse was born in Nebraska and weighed a little over 240 pounds (109 kilograms) at the time of birth. He had about 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of excess weight as compared to normal Belgian foal, Gilbert stated, as per AP. The farm owner is now planning to keep Big Jake’s memory alive by keeping his stall empty and putting a brick on its outer wall with his picture and name. He informed that his other horses knew Big Jake had left them and were grieving his death.