Top 10 tallest horses

Jutland horses are named after the region they originated from in Denmark. These gentle but energetic giants are one of the biggest horses in the world at a typical height of 15 to 16.1 hands.

Like all other draft horses, the 16.3 hands American Cream Draft was bred to pull heavyweight like loaded carts and machinery. 

Boulonnais horse measures 15.1 to 17 hands tall, making it the 9th tallest breed. Originating from France, the Boulonnais dates back to at least 49 BC.

Dutch Draft horse measures up to 17 hands tall. It is one of the rarest but largest horses in the world, originating in ancient times from cross-breeding of Belgian Drafts and Ardennes.

Australian Draught horse is a cross-breed for the Suffolk Punch, Percheron, Shire, and Clydesdale. At up to 17.2 hands tall and almost 2,000 pounds, Australian Draughts are massive.

Suffolk Punch originated in Suffolk, England sometime after the turn of the 16th century. Because of their impressive size at up to 18 hands tall, muscular legs, and dense bones.

At up to 18 hands tall, the Belgian Draft is similar in size to the #5 tallest breed, the Suffolk Punch. Hailing from Belgium and originally called the Flanders Horse.

Measuring up to an impressive 19 hands tall is the typical black or gray French Percheron horse. This was once the tallest breed in the world. 

Clydesdale is overall one of the largest horse breeds, considering both their height and weight. But these Scottish giants are more compact in height than the Shire.

Shires are the tallest horses in the world. It is not uncommon for one of these beauties to measure 20 hands. In fact, the biggest horse ever measured is the Shire gelding Sampson, called Mammoth.