Top 7 Tallest Horse Breeds

All about the Top 7 Tallest Horse Breeds! Get up ON your high horse!  I’m a tall girl who has been riding her whole life. The search for a horse with enough hands to take up my long legs has been an ongoing one. 


#1 Thoroughbred: Size and Speed 

While when seeing big, we don’t necessarily think fast, the thoroughbred often shatters this misconception.  While they range from 15 hands to 17 and most popularly ...

#2 Belgian Warmblood: Big and Bold

The various warmblood registries (the Dutch Warmblood, Trakehner, Hanoverian) are among the most popular modern ...

#3 Oldenburg: Sizably Sporty

Another modern warmblood that is characterized by athleticism and stature, the Oldenburg stands between 16 and 17.2 hands.  Oldenburgs can be most commonly  ...

#4 Percheron: Tall Teammates

Often characterized by dappled grey or black coats and seen in teams of 2, 4, and 6 pulling a carriage in perfect sync with their teammates, ...

#5 Belgian: Gentle Giants

“Tall Jake” is the tallest living horse today according to the Guiness Book of World Records. He also happens to be a Belgian Draft.  “Tall Jake” stands at 20.2 (nearly 20.3!) hands and lives ...

The tallest horse breeds offer much more than just an impressive height! From the thoroughbred to the Shire, these gargantuan equines can do everything. From pulling a carriage to lead change in the dressage ring to flying through a cross country course. 


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