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Huge Horses

Updated on December 3, 2017

These are some of the largest, and most majestic, horses that ever lived. Horses famous enough to star on their own postcards (the Instagram of their day). Most tapes for measuring horses are only 2 meters in length, which is equivalent to less than 20 hands. So most of these guys are literally off the charts!

However, owners of these horses often exaggerated their size to increase their earning potential as sideshow and fair exhibit. Listed below are some examples of objectively weighed or measured horses so we can see which is truly the biggest that ever existed.

The HeaviestHorse: Brooklyn Supreme

  • Breed: Belgian draft horse
  • Color: Brown
  • Height: 19.2 hands
  • Weight: 3200 pounds <--Heaviest!
  • Owner: Ralph M. Fogleman

Brooklyn Supreme (1928-1948)

Brooklyn Supreme was a pure-bred Belgian stallion from Iowa. He was generally well behaved, except for a habit of stealing ice creams from visitors.

The Tallest Horse: Morocco

  • Breed: Percheron/Arabian
  • Color: Brown
  • Male
  • Height: 21.2 hands <--Tallest!
  • Weight: 2835 pounds
  • Owner: --
  • Location: --

Morocco (1904)

Morocco was exhibited at the St. Louis World’s Fair and went on to be an attraction as Luna Park on Coney Island, His owner was C.H. Gambol from Cleveland.

Other Horses

That stats for some other remarkably large horses in history are shown below.

Hiram (1907)

  • Breed: --
  • Color: White
  • Male
  • Height: 21 hands
  • Weight: 3065 pounds
  • Owner: --
  • Location: --

Hiram was born on a farm near Lincoln, Nebraska.

Dr LeGear (1912)

  • Breed: Percheron
  • Color: Brown (dapple seal)
  • Gelding
  • Height: 21 hands
  • Weight: 2995 pounds
  • Owner: DR L D LeGear Medicine Company
  • Location: St Louis, MO (Untied States)

LeGear was owned by a prominent veterinarian, who used the horse to promote his medicines company.

Marcus (undated)

  • Breed: --
  • Color: Brown
  • Male
  • Height: --
  • Weight: 3030 pounds
  • Owner: Finch Brothers
  • Location: Joliet, IL (United States)

Rowdi (2007)

  • Breed: Shire
  • Color: Brown
  • Male
  • Height: 19.2 hands
  • Weight:
  • Owner:
  • Location:


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    • joedolphin88 profile image

      Joe 5 years ago from north miami FL

      Talk about hormones, man I had no idea horses could be that big.

    • Ann1Az2 profile image

      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Wow- these are huge! The tallest one I ever saw "in person" was 18 hands and I thought he was big!

      Voted up.

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      tamron 5 years ago

      Horses like those I prefer to call genital giants. Horses such as these are massive and very powerful and can pull most anything. These horses are awesome to ride because of there size. Riding a horse such as these is just like riding in a Cadillac such smooth riding.