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post #1 of 14 Old 07-27-2018, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Help Find Lemon Twist

This mare was on loan to Camp Jabez in Ohio. the camp gave the mare away to a known Kill Pen supplier on april 16th (owner just found this information out). the kill pen supplier no longer has the mare. keep an eye out for this beautiful and poor girl!
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"NetPosse™ Missing Equine, Civil Alert For Lemon Twist, NR006547
April 16, 2018 / Last Known Location: Xenia (Greene County), OH

I was told that on April 16, 2018 representatives of (contact submitter for information) sold or gave away my mare, Lemon Twist, to ******** of South Charleston, OH. Lemon Twist was on loan to the camp with the written agreement she be returned to me at the end of her camp career.

If you have seen Lemon Twist or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact us immediately!

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-27-2018, 11:04 AM
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3 1/2 months minimum since the horse disappeared is like looking for a needle in a haystack...
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I hope they can produce results and answers for this one too...

I can't believe the owner of the animal never checked on her whereabouts, condition...nothing in all that time.
I have to wonder when the horse was actually dropped off for camp use if she was "let go" mid April...
This is when it is admitted she was dumped, but it could of been earlier.

She is a older mare...and no way of knowing what she looked like when dumped would have a lot to do with a private sale going through or indeed the ride of doom.
I feel terrible for the situation, but even if found what is going to happen to who now "own" and love the mare?
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-27-2018, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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the owner WAS checking. she was getting updates they posted pictures on their facebook. then she started having issues with getting ahold of them. finaly when she demanded to come and see her they fessed up. she has been there for at least two years by the photos i fund on the camp facebook.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-27-2018, 11:15 AM
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She checked, but never in person?
So she had not "seen" her in a long time it sounds like.

Oh...this doesn't sound good Kiger. Not good at all.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-27-2018, 11:24 AM
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I have seen this all over FB too. HLG, she had been there in person regularly, got frequent updates. Mare was in great condition, enjoyed her "job." Then the camp owner got dodgy about responding, after repeated contacts said mare had "retired" to another farm but wouldn't say where, etc. So for the past couple of months actual owner has been trying to find her mare.

I have recently taken on an older mare for "retirement" as a free lease, and I just feel so much responsibility knowing I have someone else's "heart horse" out in my pasture. I can't imagine ever doing something underhanded with her or not keeping her owner updated on how she is. It just makes me sad seeing how often leases ended badly. I guess I feel compelled to say that not every person who offers a home to an older retiree is a shady pipeline to the kill pen!
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-27-2018, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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here is an update from the owner. apparently she saw her 9 days before they "rehomed" her.

here is update from the owner

"EDITED to add: a camp employee confirmed that Lemon Twist was put in the possession of Marcia DeVeny on or around April 16 of this year.

Facts regarding #FindLemonTwist:

Lemon Twist is an 18 year old black bay half-Arabian mare. She has one white star and stands approximately 15-15.1 hands high. She is legally owned by Meaghan A. Downs.

In May 2012, Lemon Twist was loaned/conditionally donated to Camp Jabez (EIN 31-1787095 located at 3191 OH-380, Xenia, OH 45385) to be used in their youth camp program. A documented condition of this agreement is that Meaghan was to be notified if/when the mare was of no longer use for the camp so that Meaghan could arrange to pick up the mare.

Between 2012 and current time, two-way communication was had between Meaghan and the director of Camp Jabez, Ken Clarkston. This documented communication confirmed the following: 1) Lemon Twist was an asset to the camp’s equine program, 2) Lemon Twist was healthy and well, and 3) Lemon Twist was to be returned to Meaghan upon the end of her career at the camp.

On April 7, 2016 Meaghan arranged with Ken Clarkston to visit Lemon Twist at Camp Jabez. This visit was documented with pictures and witnesses. At the time of visit, Lemon Twist appeared safe and well cared for.

Beginning in May of 2018, Meaghan’s communication attempts with Ken Clarkston regarding the health and wellness of Lemon Twist went unreturned. On July 20, 2018 Meaghan escalated this information request to Chuck Siemon, as Ken Clarkston had stated on April 25, 2012 that Chuck Siemon assisted the camp with all of their horses and referred to him as the Equine Director for Camp Jabez.

On July 21, 2018 Chuck Siemon responded stating that Ken Clarkston told him that, “We were never successful in training her for our type of operation.” and that “We found a nice home for here (sp) with a lady that was capable of using her the way she liked to be used.” Meaghan requested the name and contact information of the woman Lemon Twist was rehomed to and on July 23, 2018 was told it was Marcia DeVeny (phone number withheld from this statement).

Any and all attempts by Meaghan to contact Marcia DeVeny have been unsuccessful. On July 25, 2018 Ken Clarkston made contact with Meaghan via e-mail stating that this situation was the result of a “technical error” and that “this slipped by us” – but no information as to the current whereabouts of Lemon Twist.

It is believed the mare could be in imminent danger and thus time is of the essence."

I do not know the owner persenaly. saw her on a fb group trying to connect with old horses/find info on their horses. she looks SOO much like my arab it startled me. then i saw red when i read what happened to her. I honestly thought about doing something similar with my arab (therapy on the ground, no riding) and this was always my fear.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-06-2018, 04:43 PM
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I rehomed an older mare due to some health and financial issues. The lady who took her told me how great she was doing right up until I wanted to visit. Then she made excuses... then she told me a story of how the mare died. I found out through Facebook that her horses were sent to a "rescue". The rescue was investigated by animal services for neglect and several horses seized. I contacted animal services but they had no record of her...but she could have been rehomed or died. I never did find out.

I did a very thorough background check prior to rehoming. The lady had a very large property, an expensive house, and well cared for animals but the business she was trying to start failed badly enough to make the papers. Of course, by the time I found that out it was too late.
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The owner confirmed that Lemon Twist was deceased. She didn't release any details, but I believe I heard it was a colic.

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that is so sad :(. she was so desperate to find her... this is why i will work 4 jobs to keep my oldies safe. just a sad thing all around.
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-06-2018, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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yep here is the final update

"This isn't an update I was ever hoping to write.

I was provided this morning with what I would consider about as close of confirmation as I could receive regarding Lemon Twist's passing.

It looks like she passed away on July 12. The only silver lining I can see is that I have reason to believe she was well cared for during that time and did not meet any worse fate prior to her death.

My heart is shattered but I am trying to find some solace and acceptance in knowing I had 8 great years with her and she spent the majority of her last 6 teaching children to ride - perhaps the greatest contribution she made.

I cannot begin to explain the anger I feel at the negligence and "oversight" on the camp's part. Had the original agreement been honored, this would have been a very different story. Had my original requests for a status check on her in May been answered, this may also have been a different story.

None of that may be changed now, however, and I am going to try to find a way to forgive. Right now it does not seem possible.

A very sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who shared our story to #FindLemonTwist and supported me along the way. Words fail at expressing how much that means to me.

Rest in peace, beautiful girl. ❤"
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