Poe the Clydesdale may be the new world’s tallest horse – and owner Shereen Thompson wants the Guinness Book of World Records to confirm it. Miss Thompson, who owns a farm in Tupperville, Ontario, Canada, measured 10-year-old Poe at 20.2 hands – or 80.8 inches. The current world record holder, Remington, from Princeton in Texas, measures a mere 80 inches, which could mean that Poe has beaten him by a country mile.
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Miss Thompson, herself just 5ft 3in, said: “We want to get the Guinness guys here as soon as possible. We have known for a while that he could be the tallest horse in the world, we just need to get the official documents from the Guiness World Records in London.” Poe weighs an astounding 1.5 tons and stands 10 feet tall with his head raised; he consumes a massive two bales of hay, 10lb of grain and 75 gallons of water each day. The huge Clydesdale used to work as a dray horse in Ontario, pulling a cart filled with crates of beer. Nowadays, Miss Thompson displays the equine giant to amazed onlookers.
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She said: “We take him to fairs across Lambton County most weekends throughout the summer months. He is extremely popular, but his size always means that people keep a cautious distance from him – although they need not, as he is as soft as a puppy. However, he does sometimes forget his strength and drags me along to the field if he wants to play. I really hope he does get the record because to me he is like a big friendly giant, he really does deserve to win as he is a credit to big horse breeds!”
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