LOST AND NEVER FOUND
Reading “When Finders Are Not Keepers,” (EQUUS 494) brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes, apparently, “finders“become keepers and my beautiful horse fell victim to exactly that situation. I would like to share my story with other riders and stress the importance of visible, non-removable identification of your horse.
In May of 2016 we lost my beloved Arabian gelding Blaze after my husband fell off and broke his leg. I was ponying Blaze back to camp when he pulled back. The snap on his lead broke and he calmly trotted off, never to be seen again.
Despite doing all the right things, we were never able to recover him. The local sheriff’s department was not much help; all the riders in camp searched for four days. We solicited the help of local newspapers and online media. We put up flyers and went doorto-door. Not even NetPosse was able to help us find Blaze. I offered a reward without success. As a last-ditch effort, I set up a page on Facebook dedicated to tips and leads. Blaze is still missing.
Throughout this ordeal, the most common question I have encountered was: “Does your horse have any visible identification?” Sadly, Blaze did not. Yes, he has a microchip and DNA on file, but that just does not work as a deterrent for a potential thief.
I know Blaze is out there somewhere. I just hope whoever has him is taking good care of him. Blaze was my friend and he was family. He carried me hundreds of miles, moved across the country with us and was always there to listen quietly when no one else would. Janeta Carr Jefferson City, Missouri
I have two observations about your article on estray horses. First, nothing was said about microchips. My herd has been chipped for over 20 years. They do not have tattoos or brands. Please have the horse scanned for chips. Also, most horses who are picked up by the authorities in my area end up in the slaughter auction if not claimed at the end of 12 months. Most are not rescued. Lynn Howland Maple Valley, Washington
GONE: Blaze trotted off after a mishap on the trail and is still missing.