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The World’s Five Largest Horse Breeds

Some of the world’s biggest horse breeds have gained the admiration of humans due to their majestic appearance and phenomenal strength.

1. Shire

Shires are the biggest horse breed in the world. Ranging from 17 to 19 hands tall and weighing 1,800 to 2,400 pounds (820 to 1,100 kg), these horses are truly impressive in size.

2. Clydesdale

The breed has changed considerably in size and shape during the 20th century.

The current breed standard requires Clydesdales to be in the range of 16 to 18 hands and 800 to 2,000 pounds (820 to 910 kg).

3. Percheron

This large horse breed varies greatly in size and can be anywhere from 15.1 hands to 19 hands tall. Most Percherons weigh on average 1,900 pounds (860 kg), but can be as heavy as 2,600 pounds (1,200 kg).

4. Belgian Draft 

An average Belgian Draft stands between 16.1 and 18 hands and weighs around 2,200 lbs (1,000 kgs). Due to its sheer size and dense bones, the breed has considerable muscle power

6. Suffolk Punch

These historic horses are always chestnut in color and stand between 16.1 and 17.2 hands, weighing around 1,600 to 2,000 lbs (725 to 900 kg).

The Suffolk Punch is one of the oldest and tallest horse breeds in Great Britain.


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