People just love setting world records. Weird and wonderful, people will do almost anything to get into the Guinness Book of Records. From the biggest pizza in the world to the most people assembling computers in one place, if you can imagine it, there’s a record for it. Here we look at world records involving horses.
Biggest number of people riding air horses
On June 5th 2011, the record was set in Brisbane, Australia for the most people riding air horses. 190 people at the Racecourse Road Carnival Day in the city gathered together to complete this hilarious challenge.
Quickest Rodeo Team Roping
In 2009, two people completed a team roping challenge in an incredible 8.6 seconds in Abilene, Texas.
Largest Collection of Horse-Drawn Vehicles
This collection can be seen by visiting the Remington Carriage Museum in Alberta, Canada. The beautifully restored carriages are arranged in rows and there is a huge variety including Hansom cabs, Broughams, Victorias and hearses. The museum here also has a stunning bronze statue of Seabiscuit and his jockey, George Woolf who died at the age of 35 in a horse race. For beautiful sculptures made out of bronze, take a look at the Bronze Horse Sculptures of Gill Parker.
Smallest Chalk Horse Carving
The record was set in Hyderabad, India for a chalk carving called Fountain of Horses. It was made from chalk and the sculpture measured a tiny 2.7 cm. It was incredibly detailed and was the world’s smallest chalk sculpture.
World’s Tallest Horse
Big Jake is the official world’s tallest horse at just over 20.2 hands. He has a specially built stall which is 20×20 ft and he chomps his way through almost two bales of hay a day. Living with his owner in Wisconsin, he is apparently a bit goofy and likes to play around. Reservations can be made to visit him on Smokey Hollow Farm.
World’s Longest Pony Tail
A Shetland Pony holds this title. Golden Shante, or Topper as the pony is also known has a tail that measures more than 4 metres long.
World’s Largest Horse Parade
On August 9th 2013, the largest horse parade took place in Khui Doloon Khudag, Mongolia. There were 11,125 steeds and their riders from each of the 21 different regions in Mongolia. The length of the parade was longer than 2.5 miles. The oldest rider was 90 years old and the youngest was just 2. Video footage was taken and can be seen online.
World’s Smallest Horse
The name of the smallest horse in the Guinness Book of Records is Thumbelina. She is a dwarf Miniature Horse who was born and reared at Goose Creek Farm in St Louis, Missouri. She weighs less than 60 pounds and will never be bred.
Largest Collection of Horse Items
The current world record rests with Edgar Rugeles from Bogota, Colombia. He is the proud owner of the world’s biggest collection of horse-related items as at 26th August 2013.