In the comments section of Robyn's blog, a reader questioned the authenticity of these photos, suggesting the images may have been altered to make the horses appear longer than they really were. But Robyn replied: "Oh no, I assure you, they are absolutely real. Their demise is a sad one. A lesson indeed for future generations!" Link
Some people have written to tell me that long horses aren't real. But if you read the comments section of Tinselman's blog post, you will read first-hand accounts of people who walked among these gentle giants. For example:
When I was in the Army in Italy in 1944 I saw a long horse that unfortunately had to be put down after a minor shrapnel wound to it's leg. So remarkly big and docile, she was. Her owner wept when we shot her at his request.