Real Life ‘My Little Ponies’
Today I learned… ‘Wonder horses’ can grow their remarkably long mane up to 18-feet and tail up to 21-feet, as is the case of Linus I, who was born in 1884 and spent ten years wowing audiences with his luxurious mane.
Linus was sold in 1890 to Messrs. Eaton Brothers, of Boston, for $30,000, and proved a splendid paying exhibition property for several years, so much so that $60,000 was refused for him by his owners, who retained possession of him until his death in 1894.
One of the earliest long-maned horses was a Percheron named “Prince Imperial”, who once belonged to Napoleon’s nephew, and who also laid claim to the world’s longest mane (forelock at 7 ft) and (mane at 9 ft 10 inches). He weighed 1840 pounds and is believed to have been one of the first Percherons imported into the USA.
Prince Imperial, died in 1888, is still around today and currently sits taxidermied and dreadlocked in Marion, Ohio.
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