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Old 03-31-2011, 12:58 PM   #11
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yeah, me too! I thought she was just doing some decorating with roving... it kind'a is!! can you spin pony/horse/foal/mule hair??
I would think you could. Maybe one of the experts could chime in for next year. This pony gets the best coat and we did have it in a 5 Gal bucket for a while. I would be willing to collect it, if someone wants to try??
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:34 PM   #12
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Yes, MoniDew, I suppose you could spin "pony/horse/foal/mule hair??" But wouldn't those poor animals get terribly dizzy and fall down?!!?

But, serially now - hair from ungulates would be much too coarse to use in knitting methinks. A couple hundred years ago it was used for stuffing furniture and some mattresses that were used on rope beds. I think it's still used for braiding into rope.

Offgridgirl might look into collecting the white mare's hair and contacting someone who's learning to make bows for stringed instruments. The very best bows are made with white hair from northern horses (we're talking Mongolia and norther). They use mane and tail hair and a 32" L. hank that's bundled and tied sells for upwards of $200. They won't use just any horse hair.
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You might also offer it to a local college/university ceramics department. It makes beautiful pottery. I used it last summer when we did a pitfire and was amazed at what it could do! I'm not sure if there is a specific type like only tail or whatever, but it's worth asking. Here's a few pots where it was used. The black lines are from horse hair.
http://www.windymesapottery.com/Gallery.html
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Wow!! Very cool!! What a unique technique to use on pottery. There are lots of potters on island and I could ask and see I can try this. hummmm..
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They use mane and tail hair and a 32" L. hank that's bundled and tied sells for upwards of $200. They won't use just any horse hair.
Yes, this used for a lot of things and is the most precious as the horse needs it for wacking flies in the summer. It takes 5 years to grow a tail of full length. I have been growing my horse's tail for 8 years.
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