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Hair Thief Chops Manes, Tails From Butler Horses

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Peach, Sara and Alli have fallen victim to a horse hairdresser.

But, this horse hairdresser didn't trim their manes and tails for good reason. Celina Karnes is still scratching her head about it.

"Kind of feel violated. Someone came onto the property and hurt innocent horses. They're some of the nicest mares. They're older. They let these people come up to them. They trusted someone come up to them in the pasture," Karnes said.

Karnes owns Henderson Equestrian Complex in Butler. The complex houses around 30 horses, all with local owners who use them for show, or just pleasure. Peach and Sara are retired show horses. Alli still shows.

"Especially for show horses, it's part of the beauty of the horse, their mane and tail," Karnes said.

They were in pasture in broad daylight on Wednesday when she says it happened. A neighbor spotted a suspicious car.

"To have someone so calculated bring scissors or whatever, I don't know why," Karnes said.

Peach is the only horse of the three that lost her entire tail. It used to go all the way down to the ground. However, it was cut right below the tail bone.

"I don't know if it's just to be vindictive or if they're using it to sell jewelry or tail extensions," Trainer and Manager of Henderson Equestrian Complex Cortney Shipley said.

Shipley says using horse hair to make jewelry is a growing trend. She's heard of hair cutting happening more out west, but not in this part of the country.

"The owners of the farm did buy security cameras so they have them up now," Shipley said.

State police are looking for the culprit.

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