On The Florida Prairie Matilda
Painting - Oil On Panel
One of the oldest breeds of cattle in the United States is the Florida Cracker. They were originally brought here from Spain in the 1500's. The hot, sometimes dry Florida environment shaped this breed over the centuries to be very hardy and able to survive. The breed is many times mistaken for the Texas Longhorn, but they are much smaller and their horns rise above their heads and appear twisted. They come in a variety of colors and spot patterns like the linebacked pattern above. The Florida Cracker cattle are considered a special part of Florida History. You can find more information about these rare cattle at the Florida Cracker Cattle Association.
May 14th, 2016
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