The luster and durability of horsehair makes it valuable to manufacturers of paintbrushes, jewelry, musical instruments, gloves and even mattresses. One pound of horsehair can sell for more than $300 on the Internet, and law enforcement officials say there's an active black market for horsehair.
With that in mind, authorities in northern Idaho are looking for the thief—or thieves—who broke into a Post Falls farm Feb. 19 and cut off the tails of two horses.
Horse owner Karin Dack told Kootenai County sheriff's deputies she believes the thieves will probably sell the horsehair on the black market.
animal control investigators with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office are on the case and if the suspect or suspects are caught, they could face charges of trespassing, theft and malicious injury to property.