http://www.desmoinesregister.com/art...0348/1001/NEWSAnother case of illegal "horse-tail chopping" or trimming or snipping has been reported in northwest Iowa.
Whatever you call it, the bizarre crime involves sneaking into somebody else's barn or pasture and cutting off a few feet of the animal's tail.
It happened to horses in Buena Vista, Sioux, Sac and Dickinson counties earlier this year and in the Storm Lake area again not long ago.
Authorities speculate the thief sells the hair for use on Western-style gear and to extend the tails of show horses.
A bunch of "horse-tail extensions" are listed on eBay, and it shows the northwest Iowa tail thief isn't going to get rich. Beer money, maybe, but he won't be selling these things to pay next semester's tuition at rocket-science college.
The tails - which the eBay sellers vow are "100 percent real and absolutely legal" - meaning they weren't snipped and stolen in the middle of the night - go for around $35 to $100.