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Old 11th of August 2010 (Wed)   #1
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His name is Zeus. I went to visit Zeus today and he is one amazing horse. I brought him some peppermint candy (his favorite) and he was very happy to see me.

Zeus is a 7 year old Belgian and he stands 20 hands tall and weighs 2,950 pounds. He is one of the largest horses in the world. Currently he is being stabled on the grounds of the Castle in the Clouds, in Moultonborough, NH.

This image was taken on the grounds of the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH

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Oh my Gosh!
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Old 11th of August 2010 (Wed)   #3
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He's damn near big enough to be of the Trojan variety
Beautiful horse, and a pretty shot.
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Old 11th of August 2010 (Wed)   #4
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That's alotta horse!
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Old 12th of August 2010 (Thu)   #5
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He is so big his head is in the clouds
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Old 12th of August 2010 (Thu)   #6
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I know I will be hated for suggeting this but I say nice Photoshop.

How does the shadow of the man go to the right but the shadow of the horse goes to the left.

Notice the rope that connects to the horse, it has an even curve then near the hand it seems to go straight horizontal.

The diameter of the rope seems to get larger as it gets closer to the horses head.

If I am wrong a I apologize
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Old 12th of August 2010 (Thu)   #7
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Wow that horse is HUGE. thanks for sharing!
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I know I will be hated for suggeting this but I say nice Photoshop.

How does the shadow of the man go to the right but the shadow of the horse goes to the left.

Notice the rope that connects to the horse, it has an even curve then near the hand it seems to go straight horizontal.

The diameter of the rope seems to get larger as it gets closer to the horses head.

If I am wrong a I apologize
Given all of the details that I provided, name, location, age and breed of the horse, most folks would have simply Googled the horse and saw that Zeus is a well known horse, whose size is documented. Yes, a prudent person would have done that prior to accusing a fellow forum member of using Photoshop.

That being said, Photoshop WAS used. It was used to crop and adjust contrast. It was NOT used to make Zeus appear to be larger than he is.
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Wooo Nelieee

that's a big horse!
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I would agree that this is a good photo but is not what it seems. Look at the sunlight on the rear far leg of the horse, it is coming from right to left, then loog at the shadow under the man's chin, the sunlight is coming from left to right ? MMMMM
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Found this pic too, http://community.tvg.com/t5/TVG-View...CAT/m-p/185946
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He looks massive alright! I think he might be standing on a mound which makes him slightly higher than were the man is standing, he's still ginormous though.
The biggest horse I ever saw in the flesh was 18 hands, that was in London, it was one of the Queens.
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I would agree that this is a good photo but is not what it seems. Look at the sunlight on the rear far leg of the horse, it is coming from right to left, then loog at the shadow under the man's chin, the sunlight is coming from left to right ? MMMMM

I am somewhat baffled by this and the earlier response. Zeus is well known. He is reported to be 20-21 hands high. Does anyone know what that measurement means? One hand is now standardized at 4". Horses are measured from the ground to the withers - the top of the front section of the back using non-anatomically correct terms that everyone should understand. That means Zeus is roughly 80" high at the top of his back. 80" is 6'8" if my arithmetic is correct.

So - 6'8" tall at the top of the back. Tell me how this photo exaggerates that height? My guess is the guy in the pic is tall himself.
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In my book this horse looks more like a Trojan Horse than a Belgian one. Huge and beautiful, indeed!
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I dont think it's faked/photoshopped but I do think the man is standing slightly lower than the horse. I believe him when he says it's 20 hands high and yes I know how big that is. My little mare is only 14.3.
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