Since their arrival on this continent, traveling with Christopher Columbus in 1492, the Longhorn cattle have survived as possibly the greatest living legend of our country's wild west past.
From an estimated 10 million in Texas after the Civil war, to near extinction in the 1920's, the breed was saved by the United States Forest Service, who collected a small herd of stock to breed on a refuge in Oklahoma. A few years later Frank Dobie and others gathered small herds to keep in Texas State Parks. They were cared for largely as curiosities, but the stock's longevity, resistance to disease and ability to thrive on marginal pastures, quickly revived the breed as beef stock. Today, the breed is still used as beef stock, though many Texas ranchers keep herds purely because of their link to Texas.
The Longhorn is alive and well as living history of our Western Heritage. They continue to represent the romance of the Old West and are often retained for their beauty and intelligence. The Texas Longhorns are also known for their extreme diversified coloring.
I hope that you enjoy the creative imagination from my 'LONGHORN ESSAYS
The bold characteristic and diversified coloring of the Texas Longhorn enables Jan to create many layers of colors and imagination, which brings forth an array of interesting effects. The end result of this process, creates a work of art that is full of color, depth and texture.
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