Mane attraction! Meet sovereign – Britain’s tallest horse who stands at a whopping 10ft

Talk about being the mane attraction! Meet Sovereign, Britain’s tallest horse who stands at a whopping 10FOOT.

Leah Mountford, 13, has to use a step ladder and has to really stretch to get to the hard to reach areas of Sovereign, the UKs tallest horse at 20 hands high

Leah Mountford, 13, has to use a step ladder and has to really stretch to get to the hard to reach areas of Sovereign, the UKs tallest horse at 20 hands high

The six-year-old shire horse measures just under 21 hands from his hoof to the withers at the bottom of his neck  the equivalent of just under 7 ft but the top of his head stands a staggering 10ft above the ground.

Four years ago, he was so neglected and underweight it would have taken a slight push to send him to the ground but now, thanks to his new owner Paul Evans, he stands proud as the tallest horse in Britain.

Sovereign the horse with Grace the Shetland pony

Sovereign the horse with Grace the Shetland pony

Paul, 41, is a lofty 6ft himself but doesn’t mind being dwarfed by a whopping 48 inches in the shadow of his beloved Sovereign, who stands an incredible 4ft over his 3ft tall best friend Grace.

The father-of-two, who runs a horse carriage business in Werrington, Staffordshire, said: “I’m so proud of Sovereign  he’s magnificent and his story’s really inspiring.

Sovereign towers above owner, Paul Evans, 41, who is 6-foot tall himself

Sovereign towers above owner, Paul Evans, 41, who is 6-foot tall himself

“When I first saw him he was filthy and malnourished but I saw a glimmer of light in his eyes – he had a kind-look despite his abuse.

“I paid 200 for him which is about the price of a youngster destined only for the knacker yard – now pennies for a horse of such stature but it goes to show what a state he was in at the time.

Sovereign and owner Paul Evans

Sovereign and owner Paul Evans

“I had to nurture him back to good health and be understanding of his lack of trust towards people because his former owners had no idea how to keep a draft horse – they kept him in a tiny cow shed.”

Sovereign, who weighs more than a tonne and eats eight kilos of hay and corn a day, shares his 10 acre paddock with his shire horse pals and his best pal a Shetland pony called Grace who likes to reach up to groom his knees!

Sovereign the horse with Grace the Shetland pony

Sovereign the horse with Grace the Shetland pony

Paul said: “To see him now is just amazing – I never would have believed he’d grow into such a gentle and magnificent shire horse. His ability to trust after his abuse is measured only by his actual size!”