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  • They say that one man's trash is  another man's treasure. But sometimes,  

  • one man's trash is another man's deadly  curse, and is best left in the trashbin

  • Following the 2008 global financial  crisis, many Americans were out of work,  

  • and had to find ways to cut household spendingOne such person was Janet Smith, who'd just been  

  • laid off from her job at a law firm and, unable  to find work, had to move from San Francisco to  

  • the smaller college town of Chico, CaliforniaNeeding furniture for her new house, Janet spent  

  • her first day in Chico exploring the centre of  town, looking for some affordable options. While  

  • she browsed the selection of pre-loved furniture  at the local Goodwill, she saw that immediately  

  • caught her eye: an antique wooden rocking  horse, just like the one that had been in her  

  • grandmother's house when she was a little girl. It was in good condition except for the worn  

  • paint, and Janet found it so charming that  she was compelled to take it home with her.  

  • Little did she know that she'd just broughtforce beyond comprehension into her new home

  • In previous videos, we've explained the  terrifying, faceless monster known as Sirenhead,  

  • as well as the impossibly cruel, reality-warping  Cartoon Cat, both creations of Canadian horror  

  • kingpin Trevor Henderson. Today, we've got  something a little different in store, because  

  • while the being covered in this episode might not  be as threatening as Sirenhead or Cartoon Cat,  

  • it's easily one of the most memorable and bizarre  of Henderson's beasties. This is the story of the  

  • enigmatic entity known simply as Long Horse. While the creature is most often called Long  

  • Horse, it's really not an accurate descriptionLong Horse isn't simply a long horse, rather,  

  • it's an entity that resembles the mummified head  and neck of a horse. It has an almost skeletal  

  • appearance, with no eyes, lips, or lower jaw, but  with a scraggly mane still growing from its neck.  

  • The neck itself is where the creature gets its  name, as no matter the angle it's seen from,  

  • it stretches beyond the field of  vision of whoever encounters it

  • Long Horse's body, if it even has one, is  seemingly always hiding behind a corner,  

  • and the creature's neck can stretch as  far as it needs to. The bones in it are,  

  • according to Trevor Henderson's blog, more like  finger bones than vertebrae, allowing for its  

  • unnatural degree of bending and curving. Henderson  has also explained that the bends in Long Horse's  

  • neck can be as many or as few as needed. In contrast to Henderson's more outwardly  

  • malicious creations, Long Horse has been  called 'generally non-hostile, but persistent',  

  • and Henderson has also called it thepatron  saint of forewarning, of disaster averted,  

  • of curiosity, for better or worse”. Its origins  are a mystery, but it seems to be able to travel  

  • through different planes of reality. For the  most part, though, it only appears in dreams

  • As soon as Janet brought home her new  rocking horse, she noticed a few things.  

  • She started to smell cinnamon around the  house, which didn't bother her very much,  

  • considering that she had always liked the smell  of cinnamon. She was also easily able to write  

  • off the strange dreams she started havingEvery night, she would dream of waking up  

  • and walking out into the hallway of her new houseShe would stand at the top of the stairs and watch  

  • as a skeletal horse's head would snake around  through the arch that led into the living room

  • The horse never did anything, it  just looked at her. Sometimes in  

  • the dream she would try to see the rest of  its body, but no matter how hard she looked,  

  • she would only see more of the horse's neckcurving out the window and off into the darkness

  • Janet paid no mind to these dreams at firstbut they started to become more frequent as  

  • time went on. That was when her run of bad  luck started. It was little things at first,  

  • like misplacing her keys, running into  traffic, or ripping her favourite dress.  

  • Janet didn't make any connection in her mind to  her minor misfortunes and the mysterious horse in  

  • her dreams. But one night, the horse appeared to  her again. This time, she was sitting in her car,  

  • parked near a wooded area that she used  to walk through in her old neighbourhood

  • The horse's neck was curling around the treesgliding silently as it came closer and closer to  

  • her with a sense of urgency that Janet had never  seen from it before. She realised that in this  

  • dream, she could hear the horse's neck bones  cracking as it wound itself through the trees

  • She woke up the next morning, unsettled by the  dream she'd just had. But still, she chalked  

  • it up to the stress of the move and her new joband she got ready for work the way she always did.  

  • That's when she got a call - her mother, who  still lived in San Francisco, had just been  

  • admitted to hospital after having a heart attack. Janet took the first day she could off of work to  

  • go and visit her mother in the hospitalWhen Janet got there, she was stable,  

  • but still in a considerable amount of painJanet asked her mother how she was doing,  

  • and all her mother could say in response  was “I was having dreams about a horse.” 

  • The doctor said it was just the  morphine talking, but Janet knew better

  • When she returned home, she resolved to  get rid of the rocking horse, knowing that  

  • all of her strange dreams and bad luck had  started with her bringing it home. However,  

  • when she tried to take it back to the thrift  store, the store's owner had no record of the item  

  • ever having been in the store's inventory. He  couldn't remember ever having seen it before

  • On her way home from the store, she took a detour  to the nearest dump and threw the horse away,  

  • hoping to be rid of it once and for all. But  her attempts were useless, as that night,  

  • she again dreamed of the Long Horse. In her  dream she screamed at it to leave her alone,  

  • but the horse didn't respond. She could still hear  its neck cracking, and the sound was even louder  

  • than it had sounded in the other dream. The next day, with no explanation,  

  • the rocking horse was back in her living room  where it had been before, and once again she  

  • noticed the smell of cinnamon around her house. Janet tried every possible way to get rid of the  

  • rocking horse. But no matter if she smashed  it to pieces, burned it, or even just tried  

  • to donate it somewhere else, it would always come  back the next day, and every night she would have  

  • another dream about the mummified horse with an  impossibly long neck. Every night in her dreams  

  • she demanded to know what the entity wanted. The  only response she got was a blank, eyeless stare  

  • and the sound of the horse's neck bones cracking  as its neck stretched longer and longer

  • She felt convinced that whatever it was, it had  been responsible for her mother's heart attack,  

  • and if she didn't get rid of it, something  even worse would happen. But still,  

  • the feeling the creature gave her was notthreatening one, rather, a feeling of urgency

  • What Janet couldn't understand was that the Long  Horse was not the cause of her recent misfortune,  

  • it was trying to warn her. Trevor Henderson  has stated that the cracking is Long Horse's  

  • attempt at communication. Hearing the sound in  a dream is a sure sign that a tragedy is about  

  • to happen in the life of the person hearing  it, and the more bends that person sees in  

  • the horse's neck, the more urgent the message. Eventually the dreams got so bad that she feared  

  • sleeping at all. Janet stayed up as late as she  could, knowing that to fall asleep would mean  

  • having to see that long, twisted neck and hear  the horrible crack of its bones. She just couldn't  

  • take it anymore. She put on a pot of coffee and  resolved that if she could avoid falling asleep,  

  • she would. But it was impossible for Janet  to stay awake forever, and eventually she  

  • passed out on her couch at around 4 AM with the  empty pot of coffee on the table next to her

  • The next day, Janet woke up in a panic. She hadn't  meant to fall asleep! She looked at the clock and  

  • saw, to her horror, she was 3 hours late for workJanet rushed to get ready and ran to her car.  

  • She started driving as fast as she could, hoping  that her boss wouldn't fire her on the spot for  

  • being so late. As she got closer, she started  to hear fire truck sirens and realised she could  

  • see smoke coming from the office building where  she'd been working since she'd moved to Chico

  • To her horror, she realised that the whole  office was on fire. She asked the fire  

  • fighters what happened. They explained thatgas leak, combined with an electrical fault,  

  • had triggered a huge explosion that had caused  most of the building to catch fire. They told  

  • Janet that she was lucky to have slept in when  she did, because her office had been completely  

  • destroyed. Had Janet come into work on time, there  would have been no way she could've survived

  • That night, when Janet dreamt of the long  horse, it was in her stairwell again.  

  • Its neck was much shorter, and its bones no  longer cracked. She approached it, holding  

  • an apple. She held the apple out towards the  horse's snout, and it started to rot and wither,  

  • signalling that the horse had accepted her  offering of thanks. After that night, Janet  

  • never had a dream about the long horse again. So, that's the story of Long Horse - a silent,  

  • mysterious, but apparently benevolent entity that  appears in dreams to warn of impending tragedy.  

  • It's another excellent concept from the mind  that brought us Cartoon Cat and Siren Head,  

  • and just like those two characters, Long  Horse is entirely fictional, right? Well,  

  • you might be surprised. Myths and legends of  creatures similar to Long Horse go back centuries.  

  • The word 'nightmare' itself even originates  from one such legend - in medieval Europe,  

  • the mare was believed to be a demonic entity  that could 'ride', or possess horses while their  

  • owners were sleeping, resulting in the horses  being mysteriously exhausted in the morning

  • The mare was also said to be responsible for  sleep paralysis in humans, hence the word  

  • 'nightmare' becoming the name for night terrors  or bad dreams over time. While the demonic  

  • mare wasn't initially thought to be horse-like  itself, the fact that the word 'mare' is also,  

  • coincidentally, the name of a female horsethe two concepts eventually became combined  

  • in the public consciousness when Henri Fusili  painted The Nightmare in 1781. (use this image:  

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nightmare#/media/File:John_Henry_Fuseli_-_The_Nightmare.JPG  

  • ) The painting, which was hugely popular in its  time and has been recreated by dozens of other  

  • artists, depicts a sleeping woman with a demon  crouching on her chest. On the other side of  

  • the room, an ethereal white horse not unlike  our long friend watches through the curtains

  • Long Horse also has similarities to the Mari  Lwyd - another folkloric character originating  

  • in Wales. The Mari Lwyd, or Grey Mare, is a type  of macabre puppet constructed of an articulated  

  • horse skull on the end of a pole, covered in  a long white cloth that conceals the puppeteer  

  • and creates the appearance of the head and  extended neck of ghostly horse. Despite its  

  • gruesome appearance, in Wales, the Mari Lwyd  is actually associated with the holiday season.  

  • Its mane is made of green and red ribbons, and  its eye sockets are usually filled with ornaments,  

  • and in parts of Wales, groups of locals will  carry the Mari Lwyd with them from house to house,  

  • singing carols, telling jokes, drinkingand looking for Christmas parties to crash

  • Much like the Long Horse, the Mari Lwyd  appreciates kind offerings from the people  

  • it visits, but unlike the Long Horse, the  Mari Lwyd is a party horse who definitely  

  • prefers mulled wine and eggnog to apples. Long Horse also shares a lot in common with  

  • the story of the Mothman, a creature that silently  haunted the residents of one West Virginia town in  

  • the months leading up to a catastrophic bridge  collapse. Mothman was a terrifying figure, but  

  • like Long Horse, most people believe that Mothman  was warning people of the impending disaster.  

  • We'd lay out more similarities here, but the  story of Mothman takes a whole video to explain-  

  • check out 'Could the Legendary Mothman Actually  Exist' after this for more information

  • So, has Trevor Henderson created Long Horse  based on this storied history of harbingers  

  • and horse demons, or was he just the most recent  in a long line of artists to be inspired by dreams  

  • and visions of a ghostly, skeletal horse? We might  never know the answer. But whatever the truth is,  

  • Long Horse has captivated the internetAnd after watching this video,  

  • there's a non-zero chance that you might dream  about Long Horse yourself. If that happens,  

  • just remember that the horse means  you no harm. Just offer it an apple,  

  • and pay attention to the sound of its neck  cracking. You can never be too careful

  • Scared yet? Why not check out Cartoon  Cat Explained and Siren Head Explained  

  • for more creepy content based on the  monstrous creations of Trevor Henderson.

They say that one man's trash is  another man's treasure. But sometimes,  

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    Summer posted on 2020/10/08
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