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I think most of you heard that Big Jake passed away. He was the World’s Tallest Horse.






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Two farm owners are mourning the death of the world’s tallest horse, who died two weeks ago on their farm in Wisconsin.

The 20-year-old Belgian named ‘Big Jake’Big Jake,’ was a 6-foot-10 and weighed 2,500 pounds. He lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette, Wisconsin with farm owner Jerry Gilbert and his wife, Valicia.

In 2010, The Guinness Book of World Records certified him as the world´s tallest living horse.

Two farm owners are mourning the death of the world’s tallest horse, ‘Big Jake,’ who died two weeks ago on their farm in Wisconsin. In this picture, Jerry Gilbert brushes Big Jake at the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, Wisconsin.

Gilbert would showcase the lanky horse at shows like the Wisconsin State Fair and entered him into the Draft Horse Showing. In this picture, ‘Big Jake’  attends the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jerry Gilbert told WMTV that ‘Big Jake’ was a ‘superstar’ and a ‘truly magnificent animal.’ He said Big Jake was born in Nebraska and weighed 240 pounds at birth, about 100 pounds – heavier at birth than a typical Belgian foal
When the Associated Press reached out to the farm owner’s wife Monday via Facebook, she declined to give the precise date of the colossal horse’s passing.

‘We would rather not remember him by a date – it’s been a traumatic event for our family,’ she said.

Jerry Gilbert told WMTV that ‘Big Jake’ was a ‘superstar’ and a ‘truly magnificent animal.’ He said Big Jake was born in Nebraska and weighed 240 pounds at birth, about 100 pounds – heavier at birth than a typical Belgian foal.

‘Jake was just a special horse,’ said Gilbert. ‘He was truly a gentle giant. He knew he was special and whenever we would show him, people would be taken back by him by his size and everything,’

In 2010, The Guinness Book of World Records certified ‘Big Jake,’ (pictured) as the world´s tallest living horse

‘Big Jake,’ (pictured) lived on Smokey Hollow Farm in Poynette, Wisconsin with farm owner Jerry Gilbert and his wife, Valicia.

Gilbert said he plans to memorialize ‘Big Jake’ (pictured) by keeping his stall empty and inserting a brick on the outside of it with his picture and name
Gilbert showcased the lanky horse at shows like the Wisconsin State Fair, and entered him into the Draft Horse Showing.

But for Gilbert, ‘Big Jake’ was much more than a celebrity horse- he was family.

‘Our relationship was special,’ he told WMTV.’ It is amazing what we do for these animals because they are like our children. We care for them, we protect them, we are with them every single day,’ said Gilbert.

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

‘It’s very quiet (at the farm),’ Jerry Gilbert said. ‘The other horses know. I think they have their own grieving time because Jake was the center of attention around here. There is a huge void. It feels like he’s still here, but he’s not.’

‘Day to day, I think we will always feel that Jake is still here,’ Gilbert added. ‘And I don’t think that will ever change.’

The story has been corrected to indicate that Big Jake was certified as the world´s tallest living horse in 2010, not in 2020.

 

 


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Preparing to ride Dalton while Gillian is gone!






Dalton is with Thru-Rider, Gillian Larson.  She is teaching him the way of the trail.  The long trail!  But first, he has to learn basic horse things like … collection, side passing, canter leads… you know.

He is with her, learning that.

As he learns his things, I am learning mine.  The first is to ride a horse that I didn’t raise (I’m amazed at how different it is when I haven’t known the horse since he was born), and how to ride a horse who isn’t a Morgan and doesn’t move like a Morgan.  I really never put it all together, but I’ve raised all of my rising horses from birth or a very young age, and all of them have been high headed Morgans or… Finn.  It is surprising to me how narrow I am in my riding comfort zone because I like to ride horses who go the way I like to go.

Dalton is the first riding horse that I acquired as an adult (age 4 or 5, we aren’t sure…)  Dalton is a very good Mustang and has nice gaits… but he is different than a Morgan.

So, today we started in the arena.  I watched how he responded to Gillian and noted how well he did, what made him fuss and what he had learned.

Then it was my turn.

I learned that Dalton is an even better boy than I already knew he was.  He really tries and learns fairly quickly.  My boy has made huge strides with Gillian!

Next we went out around her her property and her neighborhood to show me trails to take while she goes on her 5 week outing with her horses starting July 30.

I’m kindof excited to have Dalton all to myself in a place that is perfect for learning about each other on lovely shaded trails…

MY SHORT PHOTO JOURNAL FROM TODAY

I always seem to forget to take photos when I’m learning something new!

Gillian working on his canter.

Dalton proud of himself. (Dalton is a small mustang, perfect for me… but a bit short for her long legs!)

Here you can see that we are using a mishmash of tack that works the best for him. Part Western, part dressage and part whatever we have that works.

Here you can see that he has a Western headstall (mine), an English noseband, my old bit, her reins, my dressage saddle, her dressage crop…

I’m on Dalton, following Gillian as she points out the trails around her house for me to use when she is gone.

I’m horrible at selfies, but here we are!

 

 


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