Britain's tallest horse

Britain's tallest horse

A malnourished foal who was close to death has battled back to full health - and now stands proud as Britain's tallest horse.

Four-year-old Sovereign currently measures 20.6 hands (6ft 10ins) from his hoof to his withers at the bottom of his neck, and is still growing.

He has overtaken Britain’s previously tallest horse, a Clydesdale called Digger, who stood at 19.3 hands high (6ft 6ins).

Incredibly, Sovereign – who weighs over one TONNE – almost died two years ago of neglect, before owner Paul Evans rescued him from a cow shed.

The horse, who stands over 9ft tall in height, is now tipped to overtake the current world record holding horse who is an astonishing 21 hands (7ft) tall.

Paul, who runs Shire Horse Carriages in Werrington, Staffs., said: 'I have always loved shire horses so when I heard one was up for sale because his owners couldn’t cope, I went down to see him.

'Sovereign was in quite a bad way, he was actually underweight and very dirty. I could have probably pushed him over with my hand.

'I never believed he would grow into such a monster – and he’s still growing.

'He weighs over a tonne and from hoof to his ears he is well over 9ft. He’s wonderful and I’m delighted I bought him.

'Because he’s still young he’s still got years of growth in front of him.