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PORTAGE DAILY REGISTER VIDEO: Big horse

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Uploaded on Jan 19, 2010

Video and Story by Lyn Jerde, Daily Register
Jake, a 9-year-old Belgian gelding, one of about 20 Belgian draft horses at Smokey Hollow Farm near Poynette, Wis., was destined to be a big horse from the moment of his birth. On Tuesday, Jake and his owners staked their claim that he may be the tallest horse in the world.

In front of numerous video and still cameras, Jakes owners, handler and a veterinarian took three separate measurements of his height from hoof (without shoes) to withers (the area between a horses shoulders and neck).

The official measurement: 20 hand, 2.75 inches.

A hand, in horse measurement, equals 4 inches, so that would make Jake 82.75 inches tall, or a quarter-inch short of 6 feet, 11 inches.

The owners of Smokey Hollow Farm will submit Jakes measurements, and the documentation of how they were made, to the publishers of "Guinness World Records" in England, in the hope that Jake will unseat a black and white Clydesdale in Texas, named Remington, as the worlds tallest living horse.

The owners conducted three measurements, one of which is shown in this video. The publishers of "Guiness World Records" will make the final determination.

Read more about Jake at www.portagedailyregister.com.

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