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Nijinsky
Feb. 29, 2008, 05:46 PM
I just got done visiting Diamond F Ranch up the road where my clients mare is being bred at. The horse in the stall next to her is a monster....I swore she was 18 hands and sure enough when I measured her she was 18 '2....ever heard of such a thing?

That is the tallest I have ever seen. She ran 17 times....earning $34,000
5 Wins, 1 second and 3 thirds. :eek: I'm surprised she held up that much.
She produced a SPW who earned $107,000 :)

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SteeleRdr
Feb. 29, 2008, 07:21 PM
I knew a race horse who was, I believe 18.3. He didn't hold up. His registered name was/is Leper. I remember just walking up to his stall and he was next to a horse I used to lease and the horse I leased was a solid 16.2 and WAY taller than her. Knew another that was right around that, he was ginourmous! The second guy was TB, but never raced, and was an eventer, don't remember his registered name, but his barn name was Ollie. Unfortunately he passed away in a tragic field accident, he was under a tree and apparently spooked and threw his head up and broke his neck. A very good reason not to have trees in the field!

Laurierace
Feb. 29, 2008, 07:26 PM
SW Clarence was a stake horse at Penn National years ago. At the time he was the largest horse in TB racing. He was 18 or 18.1, I can't remember. I stood underneath his throatlatch area once and I am almost 5'9" there was plenty of room to spare. Some Asshat sent him to the track in bandages without tape or pins (one of my major pet peeves) and the bandage came loose. He stepped on it and fell and broke his shoulder. Penn National was decent enough to take a partition out of one of the stalls and let him rehab there for the year or more that it took as he was too unstable to be moved. What a cool horse!

lesson junkie
Feb. 29, 2008, 07:39 PM
My friend had one over 18 hands who did the hunters-don't know if he ever raced. He was lovely and a nice guy-just so big-there was horse everywhere!

texang73
Feb. 29, 2008, 08:27 PM
There's a horse currently in training at Sam Houston in Assmusen's barn that is 17.2... Big grey guy. Don't know how he'll do though at the races, he hasn't started yet.

Slewdledo
Feb. 29, 2008, 08:28 PM
Scottish Halo was/is 18.2, I believe. Gorgeous horse, but not much market for a stallion that big.

Toadie's mom
Mar. 1, 2008, 04:36 AM
Wasn't Big Jag 18h? At any rate (or height) he's probably the biggest money earner over 17h. Won the Dubai Golden Shaheen and over 1mil lifetime earnings. I have an even bigger appreciation of him after hearing the discussion about the starting gates being smaller in Dubai than here.

Equus34
Mar. 1, 2008, 10:06 AM
The tallest one I know of, and actually rode was a lovely gray gelding (whose name escapes me) but I called him baby Huey, he was only 3 and was 17.3 he was a monster but as gentle as they come. I remember when the trainer would ship him in to the track for work outs. He had to duck his head to go in or out of the trailer. But he was as gentle and sweet as they come . Sadly he only raced about 5 times, we won one race with him, but that was it.

He started having some knee trouble so the trainer retired him, his wife then started riding him in dressage and they did wonderful together.

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LAZ
Mar. 1, 2008, 10:19 AM
I've got one that is a true 17.3, he's a moose--big bones, big feet as well.

His name is Unbridled Illini, he was bred in IL.

Acertainsmile
Mar. 1, 2008, 10:28 AM
I saw the biggest TB I have ever seen at a farm not far from me... At the time she was a broodmare, and threw a very nice Steeplechace horse that Jonathan Shepard trained... I'm going to have to do some digging to get her name...

I was really amazed at how huge she was... and I dont just mean tall... she was a beast. LOL

added*** I believe the mare is Crossing Denali...the dam of Cherokee in The Hills

Sing Mia Song
Mar. 1, 2008, 03:35 PM
SW Clarence was a stake horse at Penn National years ago. At the time he was the largest horse in TB racing. He was 18 or 18.1, I can't remember. I stood underneath his throatlatch area once and I am almost 5'9" there was plenty of room to spare. Some Asshat sent him to the track in bandages without tape or pins (one of my major pet peeves) and the bandage came loose. He stepped on it and fell and broke his shoulder. Penn National was decent enough to take a partition out of one of the stalls and let him rehab there for the year or more that it took as he was too unstable to be moved. What a cool horse!

I remember Clarence--didn't know about the accident, though.

Rusty Stirrup
Mar. 8, 2008, 07:42 AM
Came across this picture of Ralph (Trojan Shield). A true 18 hands. Thank God he was a sweetheart. He went on to make hunter babies in Canada. I'm the one in blue holding the stuff.

http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b75/liteness/from%20photo%20album/TrojanShield.jpg

My2cents
Mar. 8, 2008, 08:06 AM
My friend had a 17.3 hh TB that only raced at the local fair level. He was so big that he broke his hip in the starting gate. This was long enough ago that nothing was padded. I think he may have even had a win in his short career. He was a Bold Ruler grandson and one of the kindest TB's I've ever known. He fractured his coffin bone in a freak pasture accident and was stall bound for 6 months. In that time he NEVER had a 'bad' day. His personality was always bright and happy-go-lucky. Unfortunately as is the case with some TB's, his body was also broken down by all the "medications" that were used at the racetracks. He was a 'colic-of-the-month club president'. Sadly that's what finally did him in.

justdandy
Mar. 11, 2008, 12:40 PM
My uncle had one that he bought as a yearling. He ended up being 17.2 as a 3 year old!!!! I absolutely LOVED that horse. He only ran a couple of times. My uncle decided to take him off the track and sell him as a show horse. I was so mad at him for not letting me have this guy!! His registered name was Teddy's Truce, but we called him Teddy Bear because he was so big and loveable!!! I wish I knew where this guy ended up!

WhiteCamry
Mar. 11, 2008, 01:38 PM
I just got done visiting Diamond F Ranch up the road where my clients mare is being bred at. The horse in the stall next to her is a monster....I swore she was 18 hands and sure enough when I measured her she was 18 '2....ever heard of such a thing?

That is the tallest I have ever seen. She ran 17 times....earning $34,000
5 Wins, 1 second and 3 thirds. :eek: I'm surprised she held up that much.
She produced a SPW who earned $107,000 :)

WWW.CALIFORNIARACEHORSE.NET (http://WWW.CALIFORNIARACEHORSE.NET)

What's her name?

BasqueMom
Mar. 11, 2008, 04:15 PM
Remember seeing an 18.0 TB at a hunter-jumper show in the Chicago area in the late 1980's--big bay! Took my breath away!

Highflyer
Mar. 11, 2008, 09:36 PM
We stood Clarence's dad, Iron (who was only 16 hands) and he came here to be broken. He was a giant--I think he was 18.1. :eek: He won like $300k, too. Not bad for a big horse!

But the biggest TB I've ever seen was by Waquoit--she finished at 18.2. She was over 15.3 in January of her yearling year. She was bred to run over fences but I don't think she ever raced.

shawneeAcres
Mar. 11, 2008, 09:51 PM
Many years ago my farrier (from Great Britain but then living in NC) had a HUGE 18,2 hand TB that he steeplechased initially and then was making into an event horse at that time. The guy was the biggest TB I had or have ever seen!! I have had several over 17 hands, but this one was a GIRAFFE

Thomas_1
Mar. 11, 2008, 10:03 PM
I've got 2 that are 17.2

Xoxpebblesxox
Dec. 22, 2014, 07:19 PM
I have an 8 year old point to pointer who has just retired. Standing at 18hh :)

gumtree
Dec. 22, 2014, 07:42 PM
I have a 17.3+ son of Dynaformer out of a Fit to Fight mare. Very cool horse, top notch Timber horse and if it were not for soundness issues he would be a “household name” in the Steeplechase world. My favorite horse to hunt. Not the easiest horse can be a bit spirted but still a blast. We may take a shot at the Maryland Hunt Cup this spring if things go according to plan. Which they usually don’t. The breeder and owner who I bought him from said he had one of the biggest hearts that had been scanned in years.

Beverley
Dec. 22, 2014, 08:13 PM
The tallest tb I can recall was Mr. Mellon's Skeaping, every bit of 17.2 if not more. But boy was he comfortable.

rustbreeches
Dec. 22, 2014, 08:27 PM
SW Clarence was a stake horse at Penn National years ago. At the time he was the largest horse in TB racing. He was 18 or 18.1, I can't remember. I stood underneath his throatlatch area once and I am almost 5'9" there was plenty of room to spare. Some Asshat sent him to the track in bandages without tape or pins (one of my major pet peeves) and the bandage came loose. He stepped on it and fell and broke his shoulder. Penn National was decent enough to take a partition out of one of the stalls and let him rehab there for the year or more that it took as he was too unstable to be moved. What a cool horse!

I ran against him in a stake once with this little 15.1 colt. He got down inside him in front of the stands and completely disappeared from view!

chardo84
Dec. 22, 2014, 11:56 PM
The tb I had as a kid was 17.3. He had papers for the Breeder's Cup but no tattoo and never raced. Not sure what the papers were exactly for, I just remember the logo and thinking it was neat. He was too laid back for the track, which worked out perfectly for me doing hunters though!

Mukluk
Dec. 23, 2014, 02:04 AM
Well that makes my mare a shrimp at only 16.2!

spotted draft x filly
Dec. 23, 2014, 10:01 AM
The tb I had as a kid was 17.3. He had papers for the Breeder's Cup but no tattoo and never raced. Not sure what the papers were exactly for, I just remember the logo and thinking it was neat. He was too laid back for the track, which worked out perfectly for me doing hunters though!

People nominate their horse for the Breeder's Cup usually when they are weanlings, it's cheaper to do so in their first year of life.

The largest horse I worked with was Cotton Blossom. She had to be 18h. I definitely had to stretch to reach the top of her (I'm 5'2" with shoes on). I have worked with a few other horses that were definitely pushing the 18h mark.

dani0303
Dec. 23, 2014, 10:23 PM
I got an 18h gelding from his breeder to retrain after he was too big/gangly to make it on the track. Luckily for him he was super quiet and turned into a great adult ammie trail/baby hunter horse.

This was his first week under saddle as a h/j. I'm 5'6
https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/26064_1372727046975_4957624_n.jpg?oh=5bab0efe5a4c0 dcfc8d9a60d5f81e453&oe=54FDAAAC

His name is Walnut Cove. This is his pedigree. Last I knew he's still packing around the ammie
http://www.pedigreequery.com/walnut+cove

FLeventer
Dec. 23, 2014, 11:29 PM
18.1 was the tallest that I have seen so far. Have had a few in and owned a few that were 17.1/17.2.

My appendix QH who raced was 17.1 which blew my mind. People thought I was joking at events when I said he was a QH.

For the most part my larger TBs have all been mistaken as WBs and I have proudly said that they were OTTBs.

tarheelmd07
Dec. 25, 2014, 08:54 AM
I evented one who was a hair over 18h - Surf Guitar had 50+ starts and won over $200k. He was huge and gangly - but ended up eventing through intermediate after he finished racing

mht
Dec. 25, 2014, 12:36 PM
We have Jumptoconclusions, a true 17:2 gentle giant. Jump was a sprinter, pretty much filled the gates, always ran from behind, but once she got those long legs going..... :) My daughter, who rides her now, is 6', so they look perfect together.

camohn
Dec. 28, 2014, 01:09 PM
There was a Pleasant Colony mare I knew that stood over 17h. Her two foals ended up the same. Was at a local race barn but BO sold them all as sport horses in the end: called them "freaking plow horses that didn't fit in the starting gate"! Lol. My vet had a yearling filly by Roanoke.... Same family . I don't know how big she matured to in the end but based on her yearling height looked like she was going to be 18h...

grits
Dec. 29, 2014, 01:29 AM
Well, there's this guy, Australia's Holy Roller.

http://www.horsecollaborative.com/look-back-worlds-biggest-racehorse/

grits
Dec. 29, 2014, 01:30 AM
Well, there's this guy, Australia's Holy Roller.

http://www.horsecollaborative.com/look-back-worlds-biggest-racehorse/

Moe and Me
Dec. 29, 2014, 06:36 AM
A TB gelding (sale horse) at my barn stands at least 17.3-18hh. Sweetheart, but the laziest thing you ever met. He will do almost anything for treats though. :lol:

His name is Marvin, but one of the girls who has really taken a liking to him calls him Mr. Big.

spotted draft x filly
Dec. 29, 2014, 09:58 AM
Here's another colt that was big. In this pic he's a yearling and I'm barely 5'2". His name is Rowdy Royal Rascal. I wonder how tall he ended up being.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j221/lbv_2006/100_0153.jpg (http://s81.photobucket.com/user/lbv_2006/media/100_0153.jpg.html)

Doctracy
Dec. 29, 2014, 12:43 PM
There was a TB gelding where I boarded for awhile. I had a 16.1 hand TB and he was in the next door stall. My horse looked like a pony. He was every bit of 17.3 or more. Looked more like a draft cross than a purebred TB.

Right on Target
Dec. 31, 2014, 12:01 AM
I think Change of Command is 17.3. He's huge and looks like a strong ride in the morning. He's a stakes winner and set a track record. One of my favorites to keep my eye on. Nice horse!

He's kind and quiet in the barn when I've seen him too which is cool.

My TB is a mere 17 1/2 hh. He's like molasses flowing up hill. Lazy and quiet.