Texas Longhorn with a Horn Spread that Breaks The Guinness World Record

Posted by Christy Caplan
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We love this story and more importantly, we are huge fans of any Texas longhorn news! Poncho Via, 7-year-old Texas longhorn, lives on a ranch in Alabama with a tip-to-tip horn span of 10 feet, 7.4 inches. 

This earned Poncho the Guinness World Record for the largest horn spread on a living steer. The video showing Poncho's horns is very impressive. His owner talks about the Texas longhorn steer in the video. 

They measured his horns at 127 7/16 inches long.

"He's been healthy, no horn problems, anything. Poncho's horns curl and twist and go straight out and it's so interesting to see the variations and the horn mass and how they grow."

He's just a "wonderful big pet" according to the owner.  The Longhorn is a very protective breed.

The family told Guinness as reported by Alabama.comthat Poncho has become something of a local celebrity in Coosa County.

"All my neighbors round here, any time they have company, they come over to see the longhorn. He's just a big, gentle character. Everyone brings [(food) with them - he likes apples, carrots and marshmallows."

He's really just a big softie according to the owner.

Did you know?

1. Their population plummeted near to extinction in the 1920s. It took guidance from the United States government to increase their numbers.

2. Both male Longhorn bulls and female cows have horns.

3. They are not related to the English Longhorn. And they don't look anything like them, either. Sometimes they are mistaken for Watusi cattle though.

4. The cattle traveled from Spain to the West Indies and then Mexico before arriving in Texas and the rest of the USA.

5. The Longhorn didn't become the Texas state large mammal until 1995.

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Texas Longhorn with a Horn Spread that Breaks The Guinness World Record