Linus - the dlinnogrivaya and long-tailed horse in the world
Linus was born in 1884 and was a descendant of the long-haired breed Oregon wild horses that roamed freely in the mountains of Oregon. A characteristic feature of this species was a unique chestnut color and incredibly long manes and tails. Once these horses were domesticated, mane and tail length increased with each generation. The record for the length thereof became Linus.
Owned by brothers Rutherford Marion Linus horse was a symbol of beauty of Oregon. Brother Rutherford had sold the stallion to the circus on wheels, where it became the main "chip" of any program.
Well-groomed and well-fed Linus was featured in Scientific American:
In the brochure for the show was written as follows: "During the 4 years of his mane and tail were increased by about 3 inches per month, and is now at its peak. Its color - glossy chestnut-gold. Hind legs and face - white mane and tail - gentle flax color. His "hair" continue to grow and now, but slowly. Linus proudly holds his head and is proud of the admiring glances of visitors. His mane is 14 feet long, and the tail - 12. "
Of course, the mane and tail needs thorough attention. Every day they carefully combed and washed. In order to mane is not tangled, it was divided into 4 parts and collected in bundles, but even in spite of these measures, it is still coiled up.
Linus died in 1894 at age 10, but before he sired a son named Linus II, who was said to have been as beautiful as his father. With regard to the long-haired Oregon wonderful horses - unfortunately, this breed has been lost.