The first incident of a horse's tail hail being removed was reported this week in Fremont County. The unlawful practice has been widespread earlier this summer in Natrona and Converse counties. Horses pastured next to highways could be at risk for the horse hair thief or thieves. (Ernie Over photo)

The first incident of a horse’s tail hail being removed was reported this week in Fremont County. The unlawful practice has been widespread earlier this summer in Natrona and Converse counties. Horses pastured next to highways could be at risk for the horse hair thief or thieves. (Ernie Over photo)

By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com

(Kinnear, Wyo.) – A horse pastured near Kinnear had a portion of its tail cut off  “sometime in the last couple of weeks” said the animal’s owner Karen Gibson, who reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday. “I’m not sure when it happened, but when I saw reports on the incidents in the Casper area, I thought I had better report this too,” she said.

Gibson said she has two horses pastured next to Highway 26. “They cut about two feet off of my gray mare’s tail, but they left the dark horse’s black tail alone. I heard you can get more money for the light colored horse hair because it can by dyed,” she said. “Either that or they did it at night and didn’t see the dark horse.”

“Actually, they didn’t do a bad job, but it’s obvious the tail hair was clipped off. It used to nearly hit the ground now it ends at the hocks,” she said. “It’s still a handsome tail.” Gibson said she was upset that someone had entered her pasture. “My horse, fortunately, is fine, she was not a show mare, but she sure had a nice tail.”

Gibson said she had not heard of any other local reports of a horses’ tail hair being cut off. “We live right on the highway so the horse was visible to anyone driving by.”

Thieves have been taking horses tails in and around the Casper and Glenrock areas this summer, but this was the first such incident reported in Fremont County.