The world's tallest horse died in Wisconsin
, according to the Associated Press
, a 20-year-old Belgian
who lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette, died two weeks ago, according to Valicia Gilbert, wife
of the farm's owner, Jerry Gilbert
, who declined to provide an exact date of death
when The Associated Press reached her
“We'd rather not remember him by a date because it's been a traumatic event for our family
,” she said.
Big Jake stood 6-foot-10 (nearly 2.1 meters) tall and weighed 2,500 pounds (1,136 kilograms), making him the world's tallest living horse in 2010, according to the Guinness
Book of World Records.
Jerry Gilbert told WMTV that Big Jake was a "superstar" and a "truly magnificent animal." Big Jake was born in Nebraska and weighed 240 pounds (109 kilograms) at birth, about 100 pounds (45 kilograms) more than a typical Belgian foal at birth.
He stated that he intends to honor Big Jake by leaving his stall empty and placing a brick with his picture and name on the outside.
“It’s very quiet (at the farm),” Jerry Gilbert said. “The other horses
know. I think they’re having their own grieving time because Jake was the center of attention around here. There’s a huge void. It feels like he’s still here, but he isn’t.”
Big Jake was certified as the world's tallest living horse in 2010, not 2020, as previously stated in the story.