Not hard so much as oily, and not oily so much as wax. I boild the hair and tried to comb it out. Wow the wax. I complained to my sheep sister and another sister answered back tht it was lanolin. These sheep were origionally from Scotland. It seems they are well protected aginst weather.
I boiled the hair again, this time with dish detergent, and then again with laundry detergent. I think I m making a dent in the lanolin.
If it combs out OK I will go on to the next step of the brush making.