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Billy's taxidermied head on display in Bedford Museum

Old Billy (AKA: Billy or Ol' Billy) was the longest-lived horse on record. Old Billy was verified to be 62 at his death.[1] Born in England in 1760, he lived as a barge horse that pulled barges up and down canals. Old Billy was said to look like a big cob/shire horse. He was brown with a white blaze.[2] On 27 November 1822 Billy died.

Billy's skull now resides in the Manchester Museum.[3] A lithograph was published, showing Old Billy, with Squire Henry Harrison, who had "known the animal for fifty-nine years"; and a portrait of him is held at the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.[4]

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  1. ^ Ensminger Horses and Horsemanship pp. 46–50
  2. ^ "The Mane Facts About Horse Health". Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Amazing Facts From The Manchester Museum" (PDF). Manchester Museum. Retrieved 2013-01-16.
  4. ^ Meier, Allison (4 March 2013). "Morbid Monday: The Split Head of Old Billy, the World's Oldest Horse". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 14 July 2019.

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