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Old 26 April 2010, 09:53 PM
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Mister Ed Horse thieves braiding manes to mark horses for theft

The braiding of horses' manes is being used as a code to mark the animals for theft, police have said.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/8644044.stm
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Old 27 April 2010, 01:23 AM
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If they're talking about one braid, maybe. But if they're talking the whole mane, I would have trouble believing it. A horse's mane is time consuming to braid, even a short mane. Plus it would need rubber bands to keep it braided, possibly a step stool. It would kind of be like painting a mural on a bank you're going to knock over.

There doesn't seem to be a mention of this on HorseWatch Scotland, the site mentioned in the article.

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Old 27 April 2010, 02:08 AM
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I wonder why if having gained access to the horse (presumaby covertly) in order to braid it's mane when no-one is looking, why they don't just steal the horse there and then.
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Old 27 April 2010, 02:10 AM
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I don't think you grasp the concept of stupid conspiracy theories.
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Old 27 April 2010, 03:59 AM
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If the police are actually saying that, I gotta go with TripleAAA and Eddylizard. It just doesn't make sense.

Unless you have a conspirator who works with the horses willing to braid horse hair to mark the valuable horses. But even that doesn't make much sense.


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Old 27 April 2010, 08:33 AM
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I always thought braids in horses' manes was all about little girls wanting their friends to look nice. Silly me!
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Old 28 April 2010, 05:03 AM
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So...six more kids, then?

for that, I deserve a

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If they're talking about one braid, maybe. But if they're talking the whole mane, I would have trouble believing it. A horse's mane is time consuming to braid, even a short mane. Plus it would need rubber bands to keep it braided, possibly a step stool. It would kind of be like painting a mural on a bank you're going to knock over.
'xactly what I wasnthinking. Even the pro bradiers I know take a while. Plus, even horses that get braided on a regular basis rub braids out- they're itchy! No guarantee a braid would still be there after it was done.
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Plus, even horses that get braided on a regular basis rub braids out- they're itchy! No guarantee a braid would still be there after it was done.
Ooh. I forgot about horses rubbing braids out, good point!
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Ooh. I forgot about horses rubbing braids out, good point!
Heh, if you have a horse that likes to rub out braids you paid dearly for a pro to do all the time you don't forget lol.
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I wonder why if having gained access to the horse (presumaby covertly) in order to braid it's mane when no-one is looking, why they don't just steal the horse there and then.
That's what I was thinking, too. Or whether it was some kind of inside job... insurance fraud or something. "Steal this horse! He's worth the most!"
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