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MUST READ: Wisconsin horse is world's tallest at nearly 6-foot-11, 2,600 pounds

The Associated Press
Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake, the Guinness World Record-holder for world's tallest living horse at nearly 6-foot-11, Tuesday at the Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wis.

The Associated Press Jerry Gilbert stands next to Big Jake, the Guinness World Record-holder for world's tallest living horse at nearly 6-foot-11, Tuesday at the Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wis.

POYNETTE, Wis. -- Big Jake might be taller than any other horse in the world, but his owner Jerry Gilbert describes him as a gentle giant.

The 9-year-old Belgian gelding is the Guinness World Record-holder for world's tallest living horse at one quarter inch short of 6 feet, 11 inches.

That's 2.75 inches taller than the previous record-holder, a Clydesdale from Texas named Remington.

Gilbert and his family own Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wis. He usually shows Big Jake as a draft horse in four- or six-horse hitches and he raises money for the Ronald McDonald House.

Gilbert said Big Jake, who weighs about 2,600 pounds, is good with people and even likes to goof off. He said people are astonished when they see just how big he is.