There’s concern in the United Kingdom in Dorset and surrounding counties about 20 horses that have mysteriously had plaited manes appearing over the last 3 months. This has been happening on nights of high wind and rain, with some owners believing that the wind is driving the horse manes into sorts of plaits or knots.
At first some horse owners and the police thought this was a gypsy tagging trick, to mark horses for future theft. But the horses were not stolen. (Really getting that much gypsy horse crime these days, Constable?) Voices of reason in the local horse community mentioned that these plaits are normal in horses manes, and intentional plaiting is an urban myth. Then Dorset area police research came up with the idea that pagans are ‘weaving’ or using ‘knot magic’ with these horses!
This research included talking with a ‘warlock’ by early December, so they feel they are on the right path. (Apparently, the fact that no one in-the-know calls themselves a warlock wasn’t a clue for them.) Policeman Tim Poole also stated that- “The fact that this rash of plaiting coincides with one of their ceremonial times of year adds weight to the theory. ” (So this pagan ‘ceremonial time of year’ has been going on for 3 months so far! In winter, at night, in the cold, in Britain!)
Messy braiding or knots in horse manes after storms is now “knot magic”? Not children playing pranks (or pretending to be the current movie fantasy character)? Not some nutter? The police would be more credible noting the folk tradition belief that it is the Fair Folk (fairies) who braid horse manes. One commentator (from a hunting, not a magickal group) stated that there were reports of changed behavior in the affected horses; if you have a horse who’s behavior is changed by having their mane braided by people (not the Fae), then get rid of the horse!
It’s sad that the police in these areas consider this an activity worthy of their time, and that they have chosen to foster fear of pagans rather than dealing with facts and evidence.
[And when I thought this story couldn’t get any weirder there is the belief that this braiding of horse’s manes is done by Sasquatch or your local Sasquatch analog!]