I’d heard of horses manes and tails being stolen for rocking horse manufacture, and felt a little sceptical until I learned about the booming market for hair extensions for horses themselves. In the US in particular there’s a growing trend* for some show horses to have tails of My Little Pony proportions that drag behind them on the ground. It’s always looked hideous to me – horses need to be able to swish their tails, not have them bagged up for cleanliness. A horse should be a horse, not a WAG.
This Texas news report on stolen horse hair is slightly hilarious, but it’s no fun for the horses that had their tails chopped. As for the comment of one owner, that “There is a big market for horse hair abroad,” well, lady, we have horses “abroad” too! Lots of them! Shadowy foreign types that we are, we don’t really need to go all the way to Texas to find a horse’s tail.
* trend or revival?