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Finding Your Lost Horse

It's important to recover your wandering horse as soon as possible. He could be a danger to himself or others.

1/30/2001

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By Marcia King

Not every missing horse falls afoul of crime. Some horses decide to leave on their own. Even so, it's important to recover your wandering horse as soon as possible. He could be a danger to himself or others.

To round up a wandering horse, Robin Lohnes, executive director of the American Horse Protection Association, advises launching a search party on foot or in a vehicle. "Make sure you take a halter, lead rope and a pail of grain to entice him," she says. "Bring a flashlight if you go at night.

"Horses usually seek out other horses, so alert your neighbors and ask if he's in their pasture. If you're along an interstate or main road, alert the state police and animal control.

"Check wooded areas where he might not be in plain view," she adds. "Make sure he hasn't fallen through the ice in a pond. Horses are really curious and they think they can fit in areas where they really can't, especially youngsters, so they might wander into a machine shed and get accidentally caught behind a tractor." Usually horses that get out on their own don't go far, so concentrate your first efforts in areas close to home.

Having identification tags for your horse at all times will help to speed up the recovery should it wander astray. Small, circular pet ID tags with your name, address and phone number can either be braided or banded into your horse's mane.

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Patricia    Jacksonville, FL

12/15/2014 7:20:53 AM

Recently I gave my horses away because I traveled so much for work that they were not getting enough attention. I thought I had given them to someone who would love them. As a part of the 'deal', I was to have the first right of refusal should the new owner not be able to care for them any longer. After only five months she gave them away and does not know to who and never notified me.
The horse where in Keystone Heights FL. She beleives the horse went south; approximately a month ago
Tuff is a 17 y/o TB, dark bay 17'2 HH
Star is 4 y/o Quarter/App approx 14HH, slight build
The women also gave her to paints away.
If you know where my horses are please let me know. I want to ensure they are ok.
Thank you

samantha    killeen, TX

6/1/2014 10:13:04 AM

I'm searching for 3 horses.

One was sold in 2010 his registered name is justa bit of midas he's resisted apha and Palomino

Second was sold in 95 her name is Gray Destiny AHR#375887 May14, 1986 she was smokey Joe's mom

Thit'd horse is smokey joe he's not registered I've looking for 8 going on 9 years. My folks sold him thinking it was best for him but it wasn't. They also lied to my folks they said I Could see him any time
It wasn't tI'll 2010 I learned he was sold to 3 pal within a year
His page is www.Facebook.com/smokeyjoe1995

Midas page is www.Facebook.com/justabitofmidas

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Samantha McCoy    La Crosse, WI

11/13/2013 6:08:37 PM

My mom had to give up her 14 year old quarter horse around 3 years ago. The horse, Sydney, is a bay mare with a white sock. We found her a new home at a horse adoption agency because her arthritis was limiting what my mom could do with her. We now have purchased our own farm where Sydney could live a happy retirement. The adoption facility she was originally placed in has since closed, every time we have tried to contact the owner to find Sydney's whereabouts we are turned down. That horse made my mother happier than anything else in the world. It would mean the world to her and me if she could come back home with us.

Tiffany    Raleigh, NC

9/25/2013 2:21:19 PM

I am searching for this horse. She was my childhood horse who I loved very much but had to sell about 5/6 years ago due to financial issues and I am trying to get her back now. She is roughly 19 years old now, appaloosa/Quarter horse mare, flea bitten roan color all over with silver mane and dark silver tail, rode English & Western. So far I have tracked her down to being sold somewhere in the Asheboro NC area but could have gone to an auction or something from there. If you have any info on her at all Please call or text me any time, day or night! 919-559-6083 Her name was Tess when I had her but could have changed by now. Thank you so much for your time, God Bless!
- Tiffany

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