Clydesdale Becomes Britain’s Biggest Horse

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” Digger”

Mounting this Trojan steed
is a tall order for any rider

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Measuring over 19 hands, 6ft 5 inches, and weighing 900 kilos, Digger the Clydesdale is thouht to be Britain’s biggest living horse.

And at only 4 years of age this magnificent animal still has some growing to do.

Digger is the largest horse we have ever had to deal with and at just four years old, is still a baby,” says Eileen Gillen, manager of the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) at Belwade Farm in Aboyne, Scotland, where Digger is kept.

“He was hand-fed as an orphan and from then on he just grew and grew. He is the equivalent of a growing teenage boy – never out of the fridge.

“Heaven knows what size he is going to end up.”

Digger arrived at the farm in December after a call for help from his owners, who were suffering from serious health problems and finding it increasingly difficult to cope with such a big horse.

“He was hand-reared from two weeks old which is not the easiest thing to do so all credit to the previous owners – he was just too big to cope with,” says Eileen.

Digger arrived just 10 days before Christmas – it was some Christmas present I can tell you.”  

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 However Digger’s height, measured from hoofs to shoulder blade is not an exact reading of his size. “

We can’t measure him absolutely bang on because our measuring system doesn’t go past 19 hands,” explains Eileen.

“He is the about 6 ft 5 inches hoofs to withers – which is hooves to the top of the shoulder.

“He has obviously got to bulk out because he is just a frame – but who knows what height he will end up growing to.

“His feet measure between 10-15 inches – a good foot across.”
But Eileen, 48, who has been caring for horses for the past 35 years, is not interested in breaking any records.

Digger is certainly over 19 hands and when his head his up he will measure up to 9 ft.

Digger’s unusual size means that he has a bigger appetite than most horses.

“Because he is a growing lad he is a little under weight. But he is eating three times more than a normal horse and consuming about 20-25 gallons of water a day.

“We have a big yard and he lives in there, but even to get him here we had to get a specialist lorry with lower stabilised floors.

“He is a big docile horse – he will do what he wants. He is not one for running around. He takes life very slowly, which is the nature of his breed.

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His friends at the farm include12-year-old Sweep, a mini Shetland pony who, despite his intimidating size, is best friends with gentle giant Digger.

At 34 inches tall, he can walk straight under his belly.

“She is out mascot and when Sweep first met Digger his height didn’t seem to bother her – she wasn’t intimidated,” says Eileen.

“They just love to play together as you can see.”

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News Link:  UK Daily Mail

Earlier Post:  Tina,  Guinness Tallest Horse in the World.

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  1. For his size and youth, Digger looks gentle as a lamb. He looks like he’d be fun to ride!

    You’d be sitting high. That is for sure.

  2. Amazing. He’s got gloriously long legs. And you can’t beat that photo of Digger and the mini-Shetland. It’s priceless!

    Thanks for the link to my blog. I’m updating mine today and will add you as well.

  3. Oh my Lord! that is one large creature!

  4. I’m sooooooo glad he’s not going to be treading on my feet!!!!! They are both beautiful.

  5. At least you can say you’re on top of the world. lol.
    He’s georgous. I’d take him home anyday.

  6. Wow, he is absolutely gorgeous. Hope you have many many happy years of riding and fun.
    He is just stunning xx

  7. Digger is just adorable and looks like a real sweetheart. I have a soft spot for the big guys. Once I tried an 18 hand horse, and while it was akin to sitting on a couch in the clouds, we just weren’t a good fit, as I was too short for him (5’5″), not to mention it was quite a long way down.

    ~~~
    Arlene,
    Did you say … 18 hands? I’ve heard it’s a couch ride, and you have confirmed that.
    I’ve always wanted one of those wonderful horses!

  8. Beautiful, just beautiful.. The photo of the two of them together is just super, SIMPLY STUNNING…

  9. You find the most wonderful stories and tell them so well. Thank you.

  10. Nice story mentioned in Czech Republic’s newspapers last weeks. Good is, that Digger is in the right hands, not a subject of a dirty business. Congrat to great pages!

  11. Digger was my baby. He was dearly loved and is missed every day. Due to illness I ended up in a wheelchair. Digger could have been sold a hundred times over, but we know the staff at Belwade and we knew Digger and our other horse, Ninah, would be loved and cared for unconditionally. It broke our hearts to let them go and Christmas was miserable. But Digger and Ninah had to come first.
    ~~~
    Sue,
    There is no greater love than to do what is best for the horses that you have loved so much. I can only imagine how difficult it was for you.

    What great peace of mind it must be to know that they are in a wonderful situation and lovingly cared for and the pride of Belwade.

    Thanks for your note and I wish you all the best.
    Marvel

  12. omg i love this horse i also have a very large draft horse his name is thunder

  13. I love him….. he would be perfect for my show horse. I am 9 years old and am a horseback rider and I rode Andante The Biggest Horse In The Whole Of United States and Canada.

  14. Hi im a 11 year old and jump horseback he would be perfect to ride he could step over the jumps
    Gina

  15. OMG.I FREAKING LOVE CLYDESDALE HORSES.I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL IM OLD ENOUGH TO GET ONE.CLYDESDALES ARE THE SECOND BEST,MAGESTIC ANIMALS IN THE WORLD.GREY/WHITE WOLVES ARE NUMBER ONE IN MY BOOK.

  16. What a beautiful horse! I’d love to ride him but would need a ladder to mount. I’m only 5’2″ and used to ride a 17hh Suffolk Punch. He was so comfy but he moved brilliantly and nothing like I expected(not ploddy at all). My two are 16.2 and 16hh so a bit smaller than Digger.

  17. I HAVE MET THIS MAGNIFECENT HORSE AS I STAY SHORT WHILE AWAY..HE DWARFS ME AM 6FT 5 AND 20STONES/// HE IS A REALY KIND AND GENTLE GIANT IF YOU ARE EVER UP THIS KNECK OF THE WOODS PLEASE COME AND SEE HIM FOR YOURSELVES HE WILL AMAZE YOU….DAVE

  18. If only I had a dollar for each time I came to simplymarvelous.wordpress.com… Amazing read!

  19. Wow thats one big horse! Love clydesdales x

  20. I have a horse called henry who lives in cumbria and i have owned for 3 years he is 19hh 2inches. Digger is loveley but definatlety not the biggest.


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