Susan Schneider found her 17-year-old quarter horse, Casper, has very little left of the silver tail that used to brush the ground as he walked. Someone had cut his mane too.

She quickly found out mane and tail hair theft has become a problem in the region. One fake horse tail at a horse show can sell for up to $500.

Vets say horses rely on their tails to protect themselves from flies and it can take years for a full tale to grow back.