Theft

Shanazel

Super Moderator
If you purchase horsehair or items made from horsehair, please be aware that the material may be stolen. Someone cut our horses' manes and tails today. Not only do the animals now have no way to brush away insects so they are at the mercy of biting flies, but the thief used sweet feed to occupy the animals while he or she cropped their tails. One of our horses is prone to colic; sweet feed could kill him.

Please boycott all horsehair and items made from horsehair unless you have proof positive that the material was lawfully obtained. This is not a petty theft, but one that leaves animals without defense against insect bites and uses a method that can kill susceptible animals.

This is one thief that didn't get away scot-free. The sheriff found a trail of blood leading from the corral to the driveway out front. His theory is one of the horses connected a hoof to human flesh before all was said and done. I hope it hurts like hell and that the SOB will be limping for the entire year that it takes those tails to grow out.
 

Tourbeau

Active member
I'm so sorry this happened!

What kind of black market is there for stolen horsehair? Most upholsterers use synthetic stuffing now, and the horsehair braid sold in fabric stores is usually nylon or polyester. Was it a weird, cruel prank? Or is some horse's *ss going to DIY some literal hair extensions?
 

Ariadne

Well-known member
That is terrible. It had never occurred to me there was be a market for stolen horse hair. To do that... just no.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
In this country, you see a lot of things made from horse hair: key chains, jewelry, hair ornaments, hatbands, etc. Artisans require a large supply of various colored hair and way too often buy it from venders without questioning the provenance, a practice I find almost as reprehensible as stealing it in the first place since demand is what drives the thefts.
 

Shanazel

Super Moderator
I might also mention that a pound of horse hair will garner between $500 and $1000 dollars, depending upon length, color, and quality. My horses tails were almost to the ground. My mare is 25 years old; I doubt she'll live long enough for her tail to grow to that length again.
 

Tourbeau

Active member
Artisans require a large supply of various colored hair and way too often buy it from venders without questioning the provenance, a practice I find almost as reprehensible as stealing it in the first place since demand is what drives the thefts
It's too generous of you to call them "artisans." If you don't care whether you buy your materials from reputable vendors, it doesn't matter how small your profit margin is or how undercompensated you are for your labor. Your "art" is compromised, as is your integrity.
 

Cobra Hips

New member
If you purchase horsehair or items made from horsehair, please be aware that the material may be stolen. Someone cut our horses' manes and tails today. Not only do the animals now have no way to brush away insects so they are at the mercy of biting flies, but the thief used sweet feed to occupy the animals while he or she cropped their tails. One of our horses is prone to colic; sweet feed could kill him.

Please boycott all horsehair and items made from horsehair unless you have proof positive that the material was lawfully obtained. This is not a petty theft, but one that leaves animals without defense against insect bites and uses a method that can kill susceptible animals.

This is one thief that didn't get away scot-free. The sheriff found a trail of blood leading from the corral to the driveway out front. His theory is one of the horses connected a hoof to human flesh before all was said and done. I hope it hurts like hell and that the SOB will be limping for the entire year that it takes those tails to grow out.
I'm so sorry to hear this happened to your beautiful horses! How are people so trashy and selfish?!
 
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