A local outfitter friend of mine who I recently did my workshop in Arizona with has had a problem with someone coming in and cutting off his horses tails. Primarily the white ones but a few of the mixed color ones too. The left all the black and brown tailed ones alone. His was not the only ranch in the area hit either.
At first he thought he had a horse that was eating / chewing them but it was only the white / mixed ones and they were cleanly cut right below the tail bone. Even took some mane hair as well on the few easier to catch and stand horses.
Anyone else have problems with this in their areas? A friend told me has heard of this and it is a by product of the loss of the slaughter market in that the uses for horse hair don't have a supply now. Kind of weird...a black market on poached horse mane and tail hair. If someone were to cut my horses tail right before fly season! Hopefully his tails grow back quickly.