A different kind of “donner” was heard at the Springbrook Inn Bed and Breakfast the morning of July 28th, 2007. That was the day that Tina was being presented to the public in the small, quiet town of Niota, Tennessee. Officially named Jenson Diplomat Tina, she is still a teenager in horse years. Tina is only 3 years old and already weighs 1,600 pounds, but that weight is evident when she gallops by – the ground literally shakes, and her steps rumble like thunder.
Tina could grow into world's largest horse of all time.
“She measures … 20 hands tall,”., announced Les Moss, Athens, Tennessee veterinarian as he used a tape measure and level to get an accurate height at the workhorse’s withers. That’s 81 inches at the withers (an equestrian term for the top of the shoulder), and the current ‘unofficial’ Guinness Book World Record. "She still has at least two years of growth and could reach 21 hands. That's 7 feet, or 84 inches, measured at the withers,” Jim Williams, one of her owners, said. The current Guinness World Record holder for tallest living horse is a Belgian draft horse named Radar who lives in Texas. According to his Web site, he is 19 hands, 3 1/2 inches tall, or 79 1/2 inches…Both her parents were over 19 hands tall, according to Clark Jenson from Blair, Nebraska, Tina's original breeder and the owner of her father.
Tina’s DaddyTina is beginning to put on muscle and weight on her back as she grows, and according to Charlie Creams, supplements distributor from Oakridge, Tennessee, “to insure proper development we are currently giving her naturally chelated trace minerals."