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    Default STRANGE MANE PLAITING - HORSES THIEVES OR WITCHCRAFT??

    Hi, Has any body experienced finding strange plaits in their horses manes. I am at a small yard in a Leicestershire village, only 3 horses and a shetland. Two of the horses were found with strange plaits in their manes on Saturday morning (done overnight). One horse was in the field with 2 others, the 2nd one boxed alone on the yard next to owners house.
    The police were no help at all, horsewatch (northants) are not sure if it is to do with witchcraft rituals and others tell me the plaits are a marker for horses to be stolen (gypsies)?
    Has anyone else had a similar story, do you know anybody who consequently had there horse stolen.
    Any inform would be great, we are very worried about what might <font color="red"> </font> <font color="black"> </font> happen next. Thankyou

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    Default Re: STRANGE MANE PLAITING - HORSES THIEVES OR WITCHCRAFT??

    I've got white witches down the road from the field, found a wierd plait in the mares mane also found a dead magpie, squashed and stone dead by notorious bird killing horse. No joke she's done for sparrows and chickens so expect to find squashed witch in field.
    Actually the plait was self inflicted, I cut it out of the mane and analysed it it was far too complex a thing for a human and was a 'wind' plait.

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    Default Re: STRANGE MANE PLAITING - HORSES THIEVES OR WITCHCRAFT??

    Please, please, please don't encourage the urban myth that says it's witchcraft.
    I'm sorry,but as a hedgewitch, I find this attitude very hard to take (please forgive the rant)

    No self respecting pagan/witch/wiccan etc would do anything like this. Yes, horses are sacred (epona etc), but plaiting manes of strange horse..... no!

    I don't know if they are wind plaits, or 'markings' for theives - bloody hope not, as my lad had one t'other day (not caused by me, I hasten to add!).

    Sorry for the rant - I've had one of those days! Bed is a-calling.

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    Default Re: STRANGE MANE PLAITING - HORSES THIEVES OR WITCHCRAFT??

    I call them witches knots. Our cob keeps getting them with all the winds and bad weather this winter, he had a corker this morning Nothing to worry about, it almost looks like it is half plaited but its just whipped and tangled by the wind.

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    Thanks for the replies, but these plaits are not wind knots, they are 2 long twisted pieces of hair plaited down the length of the mane and others added in to make a plaited bulk at the end, DEFINETLY, DEFINETLY plaited. I would much rather have a wind knot/plait believe me.
    Also, didnt mean to offend any wicthes reading this, I am just trying to work out why our horses have been plaited by complete stranger in the middle of the night, as I say we are very concerned, I would much rather it be whites witches than thieves, as then no harm will come to these horses if it were white witches that is???

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    Default Re: STRANGE MANE PLAITING - HORSES THIEVES OR WITCHCRAFT??

    Oh, for the love of Mike...
    Member of only the cliquiest of cliques - including 'Infractors Anonymous'

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    I know, I know, I know ....... It sounds bonkers but what I write is completely true, dearly wish it wasnt. Yes - was very surprised by horsewatches explaination (witch theory).

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    Default Re: STRANGE MANE PLAITING - HORSES THIEVES OR WITCHCRAFT??

    Wind plaits/knots often look very complex. I've found a mare with 4 plaits, 2 of each joined at the bottom. However, unless witches and thieves are ALSO in the middle of nowhere in Argentina (incidentally, no horses have EVER been stolen from the place I refer to) then that's all they are; Wind knots.
    Wish I'd taken a picture now!!

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    Here we go again.....
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    Default Re: STRANGE MANE PLAITING - HORSES THIEVES OR WITCHCRAFT??

    my friend came the other day and the first think her daughters did was plait the manes kids love doing it i see no harm in letting them i use to do it ,but now days if your horse is seen to have a plait all mayhem breaks out the is a obvious difrence between a plait and a ungromed horse try brushing baby oil in your horses manes and tails to stop them knoting up in to (twangles) farie plaits or whateve there called now days

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