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Saturday, February 9, 2008

PhotoHunt 96: Heavy - Longhorn

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It is estimated there were approximately five million longhorns in Texas by the end of the Civil War.These Texas cattle had long legs, lanky bodies, with legs and feet built for speed. It took a good horse with a good rider to outrun a Texas Longhorn. Their narrow faces, sullen expressions, and horns that swept out horizontally, gave these cattle a sinister look and they could be mean. A century or so of running wild made the longhorns tough and hardy enough to withstand blizzards, droughts, dust storms, attacks by other animals, and Indians. They did not require great amounts of water to survive. Their horns served for attack and defense. A strong sense of smell made it easy for the cow to find her calf and she would ferociously defend this calf. There was probably no meaner creature in Texas than a Longhorn bull. The slightest provocation would turn him into an aggressive and dangerous enemy. The bull's horns usually measured six feet or less from tip-to-tip, but could measure over eight feet long. In addition, the sharpness of horns of any length, the speed and muscle power of the bull, and the ease with which he could be aroused and enraged, made him a dangerous and uncontrollable animal. When two bulls met, there was sure to be a fight, often to death. Only a very well-armed cowboy had a chance against a Longhorn bull.

11 comments:

  1. Interesting color! It must be very heavy to lift

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  2. Great shot! Definitely heavy:)

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  3. Me living in TEXAS...gotta love 'em!!!!

    If you haven't stopped by yet, I hope you can visit with me as I celebrated my birthday today!! My heavy is part of the celebration.

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  4. that's quiet a horn. unique color too.

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  5. Can you imagine one of those sitting on you? lol Those horns are quite impressive.

    Write From Karen

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  6. Great history lesson except where did they come from? Mexico with the Spaniards?

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  7. There is a link to the informational site. It is quite interesting and where I found this quote. Click on "History of the Longhorn."

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  8. Not a creature to meet unexpectedly!

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  9. Just dropping by today to send along my heartfelt thanks for such a lovely happy birthday wish! Y'all made my day so special yesterday, and I cherished every single wish left in my comments. You're a treasure!!! Thank you kindly!!!

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  10. We have a local farmer who has longhorns. They stop traffic.

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