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Written by Katie Melynn
Updated: March 23, 2023
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Key Points

  • At 19.3 hands tall, the Belgian horse King Buck is the tallest horse alive today.
  • The previous record holder, 20+ hand tall Big Jake passed away in 2021.
  • The tallest horse ever recorded was a 21-hand-tall Shire horse named Sampson.
The tallest horse in history, originally named Sampson, was given the moniker Mammoth after receiving his Guinness World Record.

Horses are some of the most majestic animals. Most weigh between 840 and 1,200 pounds. They are measured in hands rather than feet, inches, or centimeters. One hand equals approximately four inches. Most horses are between 12 and 18 hands, although both height and weight can vary greatly depending on the breed.

The largest breeds include Shire horses, Clydesdales, and Percherons. The largest horse on record was Sampson, a Shire horse. He stood over 21 hands tall and weighed over 3,000 pounds. That is more than a small car!

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Belgian horses are known for their strength and are used to pull heavy weights. They are often chestnut in color

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King Buck is another gigantic horse that is worth noting. He lives at Hershberger’s Farm and Bakery in Millersburg, Ohio. On the farm, he welcomes visitors with some information about him. In addition to King Buck, the farm is home to cows, goats, sheep, and other animals.

King Buck is a Belgian horse and was born in 2012. At just 10 years old, he is already 3,126 pounds and 19.3 hands tall. He is slimmer than Sampson, who had a broader chest based on photos. But King Buck is still absolutely massive and worth a visit. He was born on the farm and gets a lot of love and attention from his owners as well as the people who come to see him in person.

Belgians in the United States are often smaller than Belgians in Europe, although we think that King Buck may be the exception. As a breed, they are known for being very strong and used to pull heavy weights. That makes a horse like King Buck very useful around a working farm.

Many Belgians, including King Buck, are chestnut in color. This means that they have a reddish-brown coat and their manes and tails are similar, although sometimes they can be a bit lighter.

Catch a glimpse of the equine giant, King Buck, the world’s largest horse

How Long Do Horses Live?

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Horses are capable of living for up to 30 years or even longer in certain exceptional cases


On average, horses are expected to live about 25 to 30 years old. There are some incredible exceptions to this statistic, however, with many notable examples living twice as long as the average horse. Shayne is a 51-year-old chestnut Gelding and is thought to be the oldest horse alive today. The oldest horse in recorded history lived to be 62 years old and came to be known as Old Billy. He was foaled in 1760 and lived until 1822.

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The average horse measures between 13–17 hands tall
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Katie is a freelance writer and teaching artist specializing in home, lifestyle, and family topics. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine, PEOPLE, and The Spruce, among others. When she is not writing, Katie is a Teaching Artist with The APEX Arts Magnet Program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and was awarded an Author Fellowship to Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. She also enjoys spending time with her three kids and cat.

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