At four years old Digger the Clydesdale is still a youngster and still has some growing to do. Although even now Digger is set to enter the record books as Britain's biggest horse as he already measures at 19hands (6ft 5in) and weighing 900 kilos.
Digger arrived at the International League for the Protection of Horses Belwade Farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in December after a call for help from his owners, who because of serious health problems were finding it increasingly difficult to cope with such a big horse.
"Digger is the largest horse we have ever had to deal
with and at just four years old, is still a baby. We can't measure
him absolutely bang on because our measuring system doesn't go
past 19 hands. He is the about 6 ft 5 inches hoofs to withers
- which is hooves to the top of the shoulder. His feet measure
between 10-15 inches - a good foot across."
However Digger can't just yet claim the title as the tallest horse in the world. The current Guinness Book of Records gives this accolade to 19.3hh Belgian draft gelding called Radar, from Mount Pleasant, Texas, although last year a Shire Horse mare in Niota, Tennessee was measured at 20.1 hands and she is expected to grow to at least 23 hands. In September last year Britain's other contender for the tallest horse title - Cracker, the Shire Horse died at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre, Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Cracker was 19.2 hands and weighed in at a massive 1200 kilos (2645 lbs)
However Guinness World Records record the world's tallest horse as a Shire gelding named Sampson (later re-named Mammoth) who was foaled in 1846 in Toddington Mills, Bedfordshire, England. By the time he was a four-year old in 1850, he was 21.2 ½ hands tall. His weight was estimated at 3,000 lbs.
Digger, who will remain at ILPH Belwade Farm until his rehabilitation is complete, has already attracted a lot of attention, having been featured on BBC Scotland Tonight and in the Aberdeen Press and Journal, the Aberdeen Evening Star and the Scottish Daily Mail.