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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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Samantha    Stony Point, NY

1/5/2017 10:01:44 AM

I grew up with this horse and I couldn't offered him anymore. He is a gelding, palomino. He is about 16'3. His name is Bob and his show name is Eighteen Karat Sizzle. He is a western pleasure horse also does english.

Sharon    Hendersonville, NC

1/4/2017 7:12:58 PM

Trying to find out if my Quarter Horse Swift Skip, Gelding #424024 Could still be alive. He would be 51 has this ever happened? Broken hearted still as I came home one day and my Dad had sold him in 1983, last seen grazing in pasture off HWY 108 in Lynn, NC (Tryon, NC) What should I do? I must know what happen to him. My father will not tell me who he sold him to so I could buy him back.

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

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