This incredible breed of horse from the 1880s may just have had the longest manes and tails of all time.
Peculiar horse breeds have always fascinated us – remember our coverage of horses that appeared to made of liquid gold?
Legend has it that the original Oregon Long-Haired Wonder Horses were bred from a captured wild herd that roamed the mountains of Oregon. This mysterious herd allegedly ate raw meat and were akin to “wild men.” However, researchers and historians believe that this special breed was developed from Clydesdale, Percheron, and possibly Andalusian draft horses, which would explain their remarkable size.
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1. Oregon Long-Haired Wonder Horses were known for their rich chestnut color and amazingly long manes and tails.
2. Owners of these beautiful beasts kept their horses' hair braided, plaited, or in pigtails to prevent tangling while they slept.
2. One Wonder Horse named White Wings had a tail that measured a whopping 17 feet in length and a mane that was 14 feet. He was described in one book as the most beautiful horse alive.
4. Linus the Oregon Wonder Horse was a star in his day. He was solid to the Eaton Brothers for $30,000 who in turn displayed his wonderous mane to captivated audiences.
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