Phantom Is an Eight-Foot-Tall Horse on TikTok — however Is He the Tallest?

While social media apps like TikTok host a lot of interesting things, one of the healthiest corners of these websites is home to unusually large animals.

A five-foot-tall horse recently went viral on TikTok as users marveled at the steed’s size and received nearly 13 million views and 1.9 million likes in just a few weeks. This gentle giant is now an integral part of the TikTok side of the rescue.

Meet Phantom, the eight-foot-tall horse.

The seven-year-old Phantom is a Shire breed currently living with Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue in Maryland. This giant horse was relocated for rescue after it outgrew its own home. Shire Horses are already known as large breeds of horses, although they usually only measure around 17 hands or 5 feet 8 inches – however, Phantom measures 20.1 hands from his hooves to his back and stands just under 2.7 feet tall. If you add the height of his head, he is easily eight feet.

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“There’s nowhere we can take Phantom without people standing next to him and getting a picture of the giant horse,” Lauren Nation, development director for Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue, told Newsflare. “Many cannot believe that there are horses that are as big as him.”

If someone wants to ride Phantom at the rescue, they’ll need a special ladder to climb it – but despite his size, Gentle Giants carers say he’s still a “big baby”.

“He’s got so much power, but with his relaxed personality, he prefers to take things slow and easy, which makes the ride even more enjoyable,” said Lauren. “He’s the definition of a gentle giant – silly, lovable, wants all the attention. He comes to the fence to greet guests and volunteers, and it’s a pleasure to be around. “

While the rescue aims to ensure residents find homes forever with new families, Gentle Giants keep Phantom.

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Big Jake

Is Phantom the Biggest Horse?

Phantom’s size is impressive, making him one of the largest horses in the world, despite not being the largest horse that has been recorded.

The tallest horse ever to be inscribed in the Guinness Book of Records was Big Jake. The Belgian gelding had held the record for the largest living horse in the world since 2010 and was almost 21 hands tall – only an inch taller than Phantom.

Unfortunately, Big Jake passed away in June 2021 when his owners at Smokey Hollow Farm posted the news on Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart that we share Big Jake’s death. Big Jake was much more than a world record holder. He was a central part of our family,” the post said. “We feel very privileged to have him in our lives. He really loved people and influenced many over the course of his life. We will miss you !!”

Big Jake was 20 when he died.

It is currently unclear whether this means Phantom will soon hold the record, although Guinness has yet to announce a new winner.

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