by Annamaria Tadlock
Sampson, a Shire Gelding that stood 21.2 1/2 hands tall, born in 1846.
(for conversion see the horse hands conversion page).
2008 Tallest Horses
Luscombe Nordram, aka "Noddy", a Shire, as a five-year-old was measured by his owners to be 20.1 hands tall. He lives in Australia. "It sounds like a mountain moving when he gallops across the paddock to come and get his breakfast," says his owner, Jane Greenman.
Guinness World Record holder:
"In order to obtain size in a horse of any breed you must start with the genetics. You have to have two parents that have size bred into their genetic make up. Then you have the potential for a large horse. Feed, health conditions and general care all contribute to the ultimate size that a horse will attain.
Tina may actually have another 3 years of growth ahead of her. Sometimes a shire will get most of its growth by the time they are 3 but will continue to grow till they are 6 years old. We may actually be witnessing a horse that will continue to grow for another 3 years."
- Clark Jenson of Jenson Shires
World Record holder:
2005 in Britain,
A Shire horse named Cracker was measured at 19.2. One of our readers
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Previous Tall Horses
2004 Jigs stood 19hh and weighed 2,800 lbs.
1990's a Shire named King stood 19.2hh and weighed 2,205lbs
1957-1979 A horse of unknown breed , named General was claimed to be 19.2 hh and wiegh 2,850 pounds.
1970s a horse named Firpon
of unknown breed stood 21.1hh and weighed 2,976
1938, a horse of unknown breed named Pat stood 19.3hh and 2,800 lbs.
1930 a Suffolk horse who's name is not knows was reported to stand 21hh and 2,810 lbs.
At an unkown date a Clydesdale named KingLeGear was claimed to b 20 1/2hh and to weigh 2,950
In 1903 a Percheron named Dr. LeGear was claimed to be 21hh and 2,995lbs.
1850 Samson stood at 21.2 ½ hh and weighed 3,360 making him the largest horse to ever live in the history of large horses.
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