POSTED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 10:04pm
HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) — A Hillsboro couple is trying to solve the mystery of who stole their horse's hair.
Someone went into their barn in the Bald Peak area and clipped the mane of a mare named Shiner.
It's part of a disturbing trend happening nationwide. Investigators said people are cutting off horse tails and manes to sell them.
The local family doesn't know if their case is part of that same pattern, but they also don't know who would do something like this.
They made the discovery after going in to feed the 18-year-old horse last week. The mane is chopped off down to the roots with only a jagged inch left behind.
"It almost looks like it was a bunch of kids who did it because it's so chopped off and ugly," said Jerri Chesney, the horse's owner.
Experts say it's the kind of crime that's on the rise. Similar incidents have been reported in South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado.
Horse hair can be used to make jewelry, bridles, pottery and tail extensions.
"Other than that, maybe a cult of weird people would want to use that?" Chesney said.
Three other horses were in the barn that night, but they don't appear to have been touched.
The horse's owner believes it will take about two years for the mane to fully grow back. She's even willing to make a deal with whoever did it.
"Please bring yourself forward and explain the situation," Chesney said. "If you'd like to have some horse hair, I'd be happy to give you a few."