Morocco, Percheron/Arab cross, 21.2h
(The world’s smallest horse is here)
How big can a horse get?! Well, here’s your answer. Morocco, shown at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, measured 21.2 hands (7’2″ or 2.18m) and weighed 2835 pounds, while a Shire named Samson (alive sometime during the 1850s) weighed in at 21.2-1/2h and 3360 pounds. According to the Guinness Book, the current record holder is Priefert’s Radar, a Belgian gelding standing 19.3-1/2 hands (that’s 6’7-1/2″ or just over 2.01m) and weighing 2400 pounds. Aren’t you glad these animals are herbivores?! More info is available at Rural Heritage.
Priefert’s Radar, Belgian gelding, 19.3-1/2h
Update 2007-03-14: Article and video of Radar at the *cough* Daily Mail.