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post #1 of 7 Old 09-08-2010, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Where will a lost horse go?

I have been a horse owner most of my life. I am ashamed to say I don't have good advice for a relative that just lost a new horse. They had just taken ownership and put the mare in the pasture. Some neighbors were firing gunshots and the horse apparently spooked, jumped the fence and ran away. She had just been hauled about 10 miles from her former home. Since she is unfamilar with the new home I am sure she will not try to find her way back there. Is it likely she will try to go to her former home or will she wander? Any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-08-2010, 09:26 PM
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most likley..but igve oyur local sheriff dept a call this a decription of what she looks like

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-08-2010, 09:31 PM
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10 miles isn't that far in the horse mind. It is pretty likely that she will end up back at her former home unless she finds a more interesting pasture containing horses between there and home. Most horses have a miraculous sense of direction and can find their way home from a very long way, even in a strange direction. Just to be on the safe side though, call the local authorities, animal control if they have one, drive around the neighborhood looking for prints and piles of fresh manure, talk to neighbors to see if they have seen her and which direction she was headed in. If she doesn't turn up before tomorrow, then they might want to put up fliers with pictures in local feed stores, grocery stores, tack stores, vet's offices, anywhere people go. Make sure that all the local vets know about the missing horse in case she ends up injured and a stranger brings her for treatment.

Of course, all that is precautionary, my bet is that she shows up at her former home.

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-08-2010, 09:31 PM
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I'd check her old home. You might be surprised at how a horse can find there way home.

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-08-2010, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Where will a lost horse go?

Thank you all for your thoughts and suggestions. They have been very helpful. I really didn't know if she would have the instinct to try to go to her last home. In all my years around horses we never had one lost or found more than a couple of farms away.
They are still getting the word out and searching. The vets and feed stores were places we had not thought of yet, so thanks once again.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-08-2010, 11:06 PM
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Good luck in the search-most likely will go just as smrobs said......imo

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-09-2010, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you. I hope so, no luck yet!
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