High horse? Radar's the highest

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LOGAN - If you've seen those Budweiser commercials and assume a Clydesdale must be the world's tallest steed, well, hold your horses.

That honor - according to Guinness World Records - goes to a Belgian draft horse named Radar, who drew hordes of curiosity seekers Tuesday during a visit to Logan.

The gargantuan gelding registers nearly 2,600 pounds and stands 19 hands, 3 1/2 inches - or 6 feet, 7 1/2 inches at the withers (the bony pointy part at the back of a horse's neck between the shoulders).

Radar, surrounded by two layers of steel horse panels, towered over spectators at the CAL Ranch store in Logan. Signs on his latest home-away-from-home warned people to keep their hands to themselves.

Cory Probst, the store's manager, said handlers took precautions to ensure a safe visit for all.

"He does have a tendency to bite a little bit when he gets bored, but, in general, he's good natured," Probst said as Radar gnawed on the wood pillars just outside of his pen. "The panels that he's in now are pretty strong and they're built by the company that owns this horse."

Priefert Ranch Equipment owns Radar. The horse was bred in Iowa but lives in, of course, a much bigger state: Texas. There, in Mount Pleasant, Charles and Guilda Woods, Priefert representatives, take care of Radar.

Charles Woods said the 8-year-old gelding is accustomed to crowds. Radar travels 20,000 to 30,000 miles a year to make up to 250 appearances.

"He's our PR horse," Woods said. "He's been promoted from labor to management, and he's paid all the grain and feed he wants."

Radar gobbles up 20 pounds of grain a day and drinks up to 30 gallons of water.

"It's just like feeding two or three horses in one feeding," Woods said.

Undaunted by Radar's size or the warning signs, 5-year-old Kaitlin Humpherys of North Logan said she would love to ride him.

"I wouldn't be scared," she said. "I'd just use a ladder to get on."

One problem with Kaitlin's plan: the horse's girth.

"He's not saddle-broke," Woods said. "He's ride-able, but we don't have a saddle that'll fit him."

abrunson@sltrib.com

A comparison

How does Radar compare with a Clydesdale, one of the world's largest breeds?

According to a Clydesdale Web site - www.imh.org/imh/bw/clyde.html - a Clydesdale generally stands from 16 to 18 hands, and weighs from 1,700 to 2,000 pounds. Some mature Clydesdale stallions and geldings are taller and weigh up to 2,200 pounds.

Radar, a Belgian draft horse, weighs nearly 2,600 pounds and stands 19 hands 3 1/2 inches - or 6-foot-7 1/2 at the withers (the bony point at the back of a horse's neck between the shoulders).