Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Another stolen kids' horse: Do I see a pattern?

Another kids' horse, stolen! Do I see a pattern here?

A month ago I posted about a stolen kids' horse, a little girl's horse from New Mexico. I don't know if that one ever found its way home.

This time, a little boy's horse was stolen at a team roping competition in Texas. She is a 9-year-old bay mare, 15 hands high, and it sounds like her only really defining characteristic is a brand on her right hip. The family is offering a $7,500 reward for the horse's return.

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Please repost on your blogs, on Facebook, on anywhere you can think of and let's get this kid's horse home to him!


Several things about these two horse thefts have the wheels turning in my head.

1) Both of these horses were kids' horses, which I think are the most marketable on today's market. You can sell a dead broke, done everything, kid-safe horse faster and for more money.

2) Both of these horses were stolen from the same general area.

3) Both of these horses were pretty nondescript. Fugly points out that the little boy's horse is a pretty ordinary-looking bay mare. How many of those are at my barn alone? An all-black gelding isn't going to stand out to anyone, either.

Now, these thefts are probably unrelated, but I can't help but think that they could be. Someone — or a ring of someones — could be stealing and reselling nondescript kid-safe horses in the Southwest. It's a frightening thought!


At May 18, 2010 at 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one of those non-descript all bay horses (although she certainly isn't a kids horse) - people should consider microchipping, which can allow you to recover the horse, or freeze-branding, which is a visual deterrent - I sure hope someone finds these horses.

At May 19, 2010 at 12:06 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, thanks for the suggestions. I've definitely considered microchipping, and have been meaning to ask my vet about it. Not sure I'd want to brand Panama, but I've still considered it. One of my biggest fears is theft, although admittedly the chances of him getting into a trailer with anyone other than me or my trainer are pretty slim!

At May 20, 2010 at 3:05 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Sandbox has been found! The thieves apparently turned her loose when the media coverage started heating things up. A lesson in how to recover a stolen horse: Get as much media coverage as humanly possible!


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