Perhaps you could contact that net posse place (I'm sorry I don't know its proper name but many others here do. They're on the internet and they deal with stolen horses so if you're really lucky they might have him on their missing list). I'm sorry you find yourself in this situation - you're stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place with this one.
I'd forgotten them. I will put information up on there, but I highly doubt someone would steal this horse, as already said. Even in his prime, he wasn't anything, I can tell that. He's one of those horses bred in a backyard from mixed-breed parents.
It is a sticky situation, but, I'm sure we'll find a solution to it, haha,
Buy some chain and a combination or keyed lock for EVERY GATE. I have locks on ALL of my outside gates. I am planning on adding chains and locks to the insides of all of my 6 exterior gates, where the gate connects to the wooden post, to padlock THEM, too. NOBODY can just throw a horse into my turnout lots, OR steal my horses.
I even found combo locks that have identical combinations, so I have pairs with same.
Poor you. Poor horse. SO sorry for your dilemma. =(
That is certainly something I plan on doing now! The best I can figure, is that they let him in through the (only) gate that is along the road, as we'd of probably heard them if they'd gone to any of the others. How they got him in there without waking up someone or letting a herd of goats out, I don't know.
Padlocks would probably stop the bigger animals, although it hasn't little ones before. We actually had someone slow down, get out, and actually toss a young goat over the fence once. Winter's always a question of, "What will we end up with this year?", haha.
You sound like you're in a rural area, is there no one around that has a gun and tractor you could borrow? I've never had to bury/dispose of a body before, so I'm afraid I have little helpful advice.
It is and it isn't rural. We have neighbors (a half-mile down the road) and behind us there is 70 acres of woods, but we also have an airport behind us and a major road 500 yards away from us. I think we probably end up with more stuff than most people, as you can see we have animals from the free way near us.
A gun we could borrow, but we're not allowed to bury or burn on our property, unfortunately. :/
Burning could be a possibility but I don't know what type of area you are in.
We have had to use a backhoe as well when a horse died or was put down.
Is there any way you can call the local humane society? Tell them it was dumped and that if they don't take it your going to euth it. Or if they can possibly take it to euth and dispose of properly?
Fire's out, due to the airport not allowing fires being burnt near it. I will try the humane society, but I already know what they're going to say - that they only take dogs and cats, and can't help with farm animals.