BELGRADE, Mont. -

When Alisha Novotny came outside to check on her horses last Sunday morning, she immediately knew something was wrong.

"I just happened to glace at her tail and I was like, "Oh my gosh!" says Alisha.

With no other explanation for the lost locks, Alisha had to accept the fact that someone had cut her mare, Raz's tail.

"It looks like they just grabbed pretty fast and chopped," she says.

There was only one way to describe how she felt when she realized a stranger had been in the pen with her horse, without her knowledge.

"Violated, I guess. I felt really weird for three days, just because someone was here and I don't know what they did to her," Alisha says.

She says she doesn't see much traffic on the road where she lives so, whoever it was must have done their research before hopping the fence. However, Alisha says she knows horsehair can be vaulable, especially white hair like Raz's.

"I know they make belts and bridles and keychain accessories," says Alisha.

In fact, we looked online and found some new horsehair bridles selling for more than $1,300.

That potential for profit is why this isn't the first time Gallatin County authorities say they've seen this problem. Officials with the Belgrade Police Department say it's been an ongoing issue in their area for about half a year now.

While some of her horse-owning neighbors say they're not too worried, Alisha says she's concerned the bandit could be back.

"I know it sounds mean but I kind of hope she kicked him or, at least, tried to so they don't come back," she says.