World's tallest horse Big Jake dies in US

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Big Jack, named the world's tallest horse, has died in the US state of Wisconsin.
Camera IconBig Jack, named the world's tallest horse, has died in the US state of Wisconsin. Credit: AP

The world's tallest horse has died in the United States.

The 20-year-old Belgian named Big Jake died several weeks ago, WMTV in Wisconsin reported on Monday.

The horse lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette.

Messages left on Monday at the farm by the Associated Press seeking the date the horse died weren't immediately returned.

Big Jake was nearly 2.1 metres tall and weighed 1136kg.

The Guinness Book of World Records certified him as the world's tallest living horse in 2010.

The farm's owner, Jerry Gilbert, said Big Jake was a "superstar" and a "truly magnificent animal".

He said Big Jake was born in Nebraska and weighed 109kg at birth, about 45kg heavier at birth than a typical Belgian foal.

Gilbert said he plans to memorialise Big Jake by keeping his stall empty and inserting a brick on the outside of his stall with his picture and name.

"It's very quiet (at the farm)," Gilbert said.

"The other horses know. I think they have their own grieving time because Jake was the centre of attention around here. There is a huge void. It feels like he's still here but he's not."

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