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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.


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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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Jess    Manchester, NH

10/2/2016 6:38:06 PM

I am looking for a grey thoroughbred gelding named "sincy" or "sim" or "singsong of sixpence" he would have let been seen in Rome, PA at Heaven bound Farm. He would be elderly, please contact 6036.600.0184. He was an eventer. 15.3 hh. May have sustained a back injury.

kaylee    henryville, PA

4/27/2016 9:31:04 AM

17 years ago my mom sold a American Paint Horse named Steps lillys demon aka steps to a man named david mcdonald he lived a happy life with him and than in 2006 they sold him to a lady named Janelle Wise and she sold him to a lady with 2 children in ohio. steps is a solid chestnut with 2 white front a white back left and a white blaze the goes from his lip to the middle of his forehead where is becomes dimond if you have any information on him please contact me kaylee seashock at 570-426-031 we just want to know he is safe and in a happy home

Morgan    Akron, OH

7/13/2015 12:15:33 PM

My parents sold my childhood pony back in 2009 to a woman in Butler pa. The woman told them a few weeks later that she no longer wanted her and we weren't able to take her back. Since then we don't know what has happened to her and we've been searching for years. I am pursuing a career in therapeutic riding and now that I would be able to have a use for her I'm trying even harder to find her. Now she would be 14. She's a sorrel quarter horse mare and is 13.3. She has no leg markings and a blaze with a brown spot in it. If anyone knows where she is or has any information about her it would mean the world to me. A girl never forgets her first pony and Libby (Libertys Keepsake) will always have a special place in my heart

Ashli    International

5/30/2015 9:56:58 AM

I gave my 10 year old Quarter Horse mare, Dylan, to a couple back in October of 2014, who live in Pensacola, Florida, and told them that if they didn't want her, to call me and I would gladly take her back. Well, I can no longer get a hold of them to see how she is doing, and this is worrying me. Will someone please help me? She's a sorrel with a bird spot on her left hip and a star that almost resembles a downward arrow.

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