News: 6 horses suffer unfortunate haircuts in Wyoming

It sounds like a headline from The Onion, but it’s true.

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Horsehair thieves are a growing problem in Wyoming and other Midwestern states. We’ve talked about it on Horse Nation before, but just this week, six horses at two different farms in Natrona County, Wyoming had their tails cut short in the night. And though it’s suspected that this secret snipper might be the same one responsible for over 100 shorn tails in Wyoming last year, similar offenses have been reported in Colorado, Illinois and  Utah.

Why steal horsehair? Horsehair thieves have been suspected of everything from being cult members to jewelry makers, but one of the highest-margin horsehair industries is artificial tails for showing. A fake tail can set you back anywhere from $100-$300.


The telltale swish of a fake tail

Photo from Horse Stock Photos

And forget about it if you’re showing Saddlebreds, since those fake tails go for thousands.


Photo: Wikimedia Commons

So be wary of show tails being sold at a deal that seems too good to be true… because it might have been grown by a horse in Wyoming who’s getting teased by his pasture-mates for having to wear one of these. Though honestly, wrapping your horse’s tail might be a good preventative measure!

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