One of the world’s tallest ever horses — known as Goliath — died in Texas earlier this month (3 July).

The 19.1hh (195.58cm) black Percheron gelding was the 2005 Guinness Book of World Records holder for tallest living horse and was owned by the Priefert Ranch in Mt. Pleasant, Texas.

Jeff Rash, who works for the ranch said: “He was more than a gentle giant, more than a world record holder and certainly more than just a horse. His heart was kind, humble and pure.”

Goliath and five other Percherons travelled 40,000-60,000 miles a year, exhibiting at rodeos, parades, fairs and equine events.

Owner Bill Priefert added: “Goliath will be missed by our family and our company.

“It was a privilege to have owned such an amazing animal. Goliath will remain on the Priefert Ranch and he will be honored with a special memorial so that he may be remembered for generations to come.”