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post #1 of 38 Old 03-09-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Stealing Manes and Tails????

Has anyone heard of this happening?

I went to look at my new barn yesterday and the Barn Manager was telling me that people have started stealing horse's manes and tails!

Crazy!
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post #2 of 38 Old 03-09-2011, 12:35 PM
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never heard of it! For what?

"All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and she'll listen to me allll day."
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I've never heard of that! That's interesting if that's true. At least it's not physically harming them though. But they do need to be caught and punished.
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never heard of it! For what?
I assume to sell it to companies that use horse hair to make products. Example: Violin bows or something.
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Uhm people are your barn are doing that? Strange.. How is that even possible? Unless they take a clipper to the mane and chop off the tail... Wouldn't someone find out who it was by now?!
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Uhm people are your barn are doing that? Strange.. How is that even possible? Unless they take a clipper to the mane and chop off the tail... Wouldn't someone find out who it was by now?!
It definitely has NOT happened at the new barn (its pretty much in the middle of a city with 24 hr care), but she said she heard that people were doing it.

I mean, think about it:

Very easy and quick to hack a tail (moreso than a mane) and either create a "fake" tail to sell for $2-300 plus or sell the hair for other uses (which I have no idea what they would be). That's an easy way to make a quick buck!

I mean if you hit up one barn with 10 horses, it wouldn't take you very long to make $2-3000!!
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It definitely has NOT happened at the new barn (its pretty much in the middle of a city with 24 hr care), but she said she heard that people were doing it.

I mean, think about it:

Very easy and quick to hack a tail (moreso than a mane) and either create a "fake" tail to sell for $2-300 plus or sell the hair for other uses (which I have no idea what they would be). That's an easy way to make a quick buck!

I mean if you hit up one barn with 10 horses, it wouldn't take you very long to make $2-3000!!
Very true! At my barn, we have 75 head. There's always someone on the property checking on them and making sure they're okay. My horse has a GORGEOUS tail... we only use a fake one to keep it down. I would be devastated if someone chopped it off:(((((
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In my area there was a case where someone cut off all the manes from a herd of Gypsy Vanner horses. The breed standard has something about "profuse mane and tail" so it was a devastating blow. At least it wasn't permanent or harmful to the horses is all I can say.

Where I board, if you are in the lease-to-buy program, cutting, trimming or clipping the horses mane, tail or body is a breach of contract that could terminate it, depending on the severity.

If anyone touched one hair on Caleb without permission, I would be furious.

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I agree!

It's definitely not something I ever would have thought of, which is why it caught me so off guard!

Hair is important...it would be like if someone cut off Jennifer Aniston's hair!!
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I'd hate for my horse's hair to get stolen, but I'd also be thankful that someone didn't kill her.
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