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post #1 of 12 Old 03-28-2013, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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Tail Cutting...Anyone Experience This?

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.


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post #2 of 12 Old 03-28-2013, 07:03 PM
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Yeah, white tails fetch more money, people make fake tails for shows with them and sell them. My horse is sorrel and has dental floss for a tail.....so if someone cut it off I probably wouldn't notice!!

My friend, who showed my horse prior to me buying him, bought a $300fake tail for him to show in....really his tail is that pathetic Atleast she said I could borrow it when I show him
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Some spanish riders (especially in doma vaquera) do the same with their horses, it's very popular in spain.
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Someone - and by someone I mean me - has stolen a pinch of tail hair off my gelding for the purpose of making horsehair jewelry.

Seriously though, I've heard of it too but never experienced it. There is a market for horsehair for crafting and making fake tails, some people are low enough to steal for it. It's cheap enough online though, they're either desperate or stupid to risk being kicked.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-29-2013, 12:10 AM
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It's been happening here in Manitoba Canada too. I make custom made horse hair jewelry but it's from the person's horse's tail, not mine. I have cut mine to make myself stuff, I got an email asking if I was the one cutting horses tails off LOL I would never do that but obviously there are people who will.....
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post #6 of 12 Old 03-29-2013, 12:47 AM
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Its prettycommon back home. White is more popular , its more in demand for buyers to make fake tails so more moolah. Thankfully my guys tail is really pathetic sl im not worried lol
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Horse hair is used in the better bows (as in musical instruments - violin, cello, etc) - with my limited experience, can't say that I've seen anything but light coloured hair used and, of course, it has to be long enough for the bow.
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I haven't seen it in my area (thankfully) but in my history on this board, and others, it's not that rare.

The people stealing the tales can make some real money from it. It's a shame. I've also heard of it happening before a class against a competitor.

Very sad, as it must be someone who has a clue in the horse world doing it.
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post #9 of 12 Old 03-29-2013, 07:52 AM
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The gal we often ride with has had this happen twice. She works days, 8 to 5, and her horses are left in the pasture while she's at work.

All four of her horse's tails have been "harvested" twice.

Needless to say, she's not real happy about it.
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The gal we often ride with has had this happen twice. She works days, 8 to 5, and her horses are left in the pasture while she's at work.

All four of her horse's tails have been "harvested" twice.

Needless to say, she's not real happy about it.
Sounds like she needs a game camera. I sure would! Then you can find the creeps.
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