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Fakes Frauds, and Deceptive Skulls

How to know if a valuable cattle skull is genuine

Recently we have had numerous people contact us and ask why they should purchase a “Longhorns Head to Tail” Genuine Texas Longhorn Skull from when they can find one elsewhere on the internet for less money. If there is a skull that appears to be the same quality for less money, it possibly makes sense for you to purchase there. However, many of the skulls on other sites for much less money are not Genuine Texas Longhorn Skulls, in fact many of the skulls that can be found on the internet that are identified as Genuine Longhorn Skulls were from cattle that didn’t even have horns when alive. This page is to help anyone positively identify the real ones from the fakes. The Number one giveaway that the skull is a fake, is rope wrapped around the base of the horns. The rope may look “rustic”, “rugged”, or “western”, but the rope is not there merely for effect alone. The rope is there to disguise the fact that the skull is attached to the horns with plaster. 99% of the skulls with rope base wraps are not Genuine Texas Longhorn skulls.

Lets start with some examples.

Here is a small example of a “Genuine longhorn skull.” “Longhorns have horns” – and the top of their head is straight across or mostly so, with bones that extend out both sides into the horn shell. The top of the horns are pretty much level with the top of the skull.
Real Texas Longhorn Skull - r_4365
 Many other breeds of cattle are born “POLLED”. Polled means that they are born without horns. The shape of their head is rounded or pointed. The foundation bones that would normally extend out the side of the skull to support large horns are nonexistent.
Polled Skull without horns - r_4266
So, what does someone do to make a “Fake” Texas Longhorn skull? They take a skull without horns and add horns to it. There isn’t a place to attach the horns, so they use a little plaster or glue and build a place to attach the horns. See the example below. The horns are not level with the top of the skull.
Horns added to polled skull - Fake Plaster
So, now you have an ugly mess of plaster, what to you do? You use 50 cents worth of rope to hide it. See example below:
Rope hiding evidence of fake longhorn skull
Here is an example of a genuine Texas Longhorn skull that measures 56″ tip to tip. A Longhorn Skull should be Triangular in shape.
Genuine Texas Longhorn Skull - 56 inches tip to tip - r_4262_m
 Here is an example of a “Fake” Longhorn that measures 56″ – Notice the narrow upper skull and the cover up rope?
Example of Fake Texas Longhorn Skull with rope hiding evidence
If you are searching for a genuine Texas Longhorn Skull, there are many available to choose from at Longhorns Head to Tail. If you are looking for a generic skull with horns plastered on, then you can take your chances on some of the other sites. Below are some examples of real and fake longhorn skulls that are typical of those available on other sites.
Real (but “Cheap”) Skulls
Very Poor Quality Genuine Texas Longhorn Skull

The skull below is a genuine longhorn skull, but hasn’t been properly prepared. It still has skin on part of it. Don’t hang one like this in your kitchen unless you like the smell of road kill with your breakfast.
Very poorly prepared but genuine texas longhorn skull
Generic “FAKE” Skulls
Bubble Headed Polled Skull with horns glued on.
Fake Texas Longhorn Skull with plaster holding horns on.
Many of the other sites appear to be selling Longhorn Skulls, but their language is deceptive. Here is an example of one found on a well known auction site. It says:
Texas Western BULL – Longhorn Polished horns and Skull
That heading and description leads you to believe that the skull is a longhorn skull, but doesn’t actually say so. There isn’t a lie, but there is deception involved.

Real skulls come straight from the processing plants. Not every person has the “desire” to tackle this project. To take something no one wants to even touch or smell, and make a work of art is absolutely a miracle. The LHTT sanitation process of “house-breaking” a raw skull takes talent, tools and time. Many fake skulls are an effort to short-cut the perfect process and use a paint “cover-up” or just “half-way” do the job–it is not a fun job. Tools used at LHTT include a huge cooking tank with propane blaster, high pressure power washer, sanders, grinders, drills, hip boots, plastic gloves, jewelry polishing heads, and hours of skilled labor. All the time skulls must be protected from dogs and coyotes who “love to chew bones.” The western-polishing of skulls is not a job for Amway Ladies, computer gurus, dozer drivers or government postal employees.

LHTT Western Polished Skulls are high-pressure power washed removing every particle outside and inside the bone arteries. To have an totally odor free decor item– this is imperative.
LHTT western-polishes over 200 skulls per year with the 26 step secret process.
The famous process has taken 42 years to develop, but is the best in the osteology industry.

Handling the big skulls up to and over 100″ tip to tip is no easy task. Eight to 15 hours of skilled hand work goes into every LHTT skull.

No yellowing will come with age due to the natural horn finish with no horn varnish of any kind at LHTT. Skulls are boiled in the big LHTT tank for many hours to disinfect and remove unwanted things.

The exact amount of chemical bleaching and de-greasing is done to create a permanent hard finish without overdoing the process to create soft chalky bones.
Most professional taxidermists charge $125 to $250 to polish a skull. If skulls are priced under the cost of professional polishing, they are probably fake or done by amateurs.
Don’t ask for a list of the 26 step professional processes. It is like indecency, probably not easy to describe, but when you see it you will know it.

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The Beauty of a Western Polished Skull

It is just in time!  Place orders today for Longhorns Head to Tail products. Check on line for all types of decor, beef products, polished house-broke skulls, calendars, horn jewelry, tanned hair-on hides — everything horn or Texas Longhorn. Check it out. Avoid shoot-outs and stampedes in the malls.

Texas Longhorn Celebrity Calendar

2017 Calendar pp $12.

Fillet Of Horn Book

Fillet Of Horn, hard bound $29.


Tanned hair on full hide $275.

Real Horn Bow
Real Horn Bowl

Real Horn Bowl 8″x 8″ $39.50

Canned Meat
Canned Meat

Heat & Serve grass fed TL Roast Beef case of 12, $138.20

Big Skull
Big Skull

Polished skull 90″ tip to tip. Bring a cattle trailer to haul this one.

If you are a little tired of on-line ordering, call the ranch store at 740 758 5050, or better yet come to 35000 Muskrat Pike, Barnesville, Oh and make your own choices. Pinch the horn, kick the can, feel the tanned hides, or try on the horn jewelry. Make sure it is perfect. Give steaks for Christmas. One size fits all – if not save it for breakfast. Store hours 10 AM to 5 PM. Think of LHTT for gifts you can’t find in Walmart, hock shops, Good Will, or the Army Surplus stores.  Closed Dec 25 & 26.


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Favorite Items

A sneak peak at some of our favorite items at Longhorns Head To Tail! What are your favorites?

Hey all. Just in time for some last minute shopping. Head on out to Longhorns Head to Tail and give that special gift for your perfect someone. Monday-Saturday 10-5. 740-758-5050. Consider all the really cool items posted here especially our gift certificates, good to give for any holiday, birthday, just because it’s Tuesday ☺️ And of course, our All Natural Pasture raised lean beef is the perfect Meat Gift,,,, nutritious and delicious!!!! Blessings ya’ll. The cast and crew from LHTT want to wish you and yours a healthy and safe Holiday Season. Merry Christmas friends.