Union County, Ohio, authorities are investigating the theft of hair cut from horses in a pasture near Marysville.

Union County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tom Morgan said an owner reported that the manes and tails of her horses had been cut on Oct. 12. It appeared that a pair of shears had been used to cut the hair from the animals, Morgan said.

The incident one of a series of horse hair thefts reported in recent months, he added.

“We had one theft in August and another in September,” Morgan said. “This is the latest one.”

The M&M Horsehair company website states that horse hair is used for making of tail extensions, as well as in the manufacture of bows for musical instruments; jewelry; and paint, plastering and pottery supplies. An M&M representative said that reputable vendors do not purchase horse hair from farmers or other individual sources.

“We buy only from our (commercial) sources,” the representative said.

Morgan said the horse hair cutting cases remain under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incidents should call the Union County Sheriff's Department at 937/645-4100.