When your heart is raw and you can't decide whether you are more angry than distraught, or maybe you are just so panicked by the whole thing that you can't even think-all you really want is getting your horse back. Our volunteers understand that-just about all of them have lost a horse in some fashion. Some of them are still searching. We 'get it'. We 'feel you'.
Wanting that horse back as quickly as possible is very understandable and very emotional. They are-after all-our family in a very real sense. We are incomplete without them.
Life, however, is complicated and often very rude. It doesn't do what we want. While our methods work a statistically high percentage of the time, we cannot guarantee that any particular case will close quickly. We fervently wish that was the case. Here are some of the reasons that complicate our efforts:
We have incomplete information. This can happen for any number of reasons. Sometimes there are more than one owner (maybe a married couple) and she thought he had paid all the board bills-but he hadn't. That will change a case from being a criminal one (Stolen) to being a civil one (Missing/Searching) because the barn owner is legally entitled to his money.
We are just flat out lied to. It happens in spite of everything we do. We have gotten really good at detecting that 'fishy' smell though.
The thief/thieves manage to hide the horse(s) very well. We can't find what nobody can see.
People don't do their own leg work-they expect us to do everything. Not happening. In the Terms of Service, it spells out your responsibilities and our responsibilities IN DETAIL.
Not listening to our advice and counsel. There are so many ways that owners can screw up their own search it isn't even a joking matter. CALL US before you do anything.
Lost horses-there are so many ways a horse can get into trouble-early settlers used to hand dig wells-and then die or move off and leave them uncovered. There are coal, gold, silver mines all over the country that were hand dug and left open. Septic tanks and sink holes will open up for no good reason. There's always getting tack caught and just dying from thirst. The list goes on and on. We had one that just happened to be seen by a hunter out west. She'd walked into a seam in between boulders and gotten wedged in. The rock on all sides was higher than she was tall. If the hunter hadn't been on the ridge above, she'd have died in there. You never know.
Not everybody is on social media or the internet. That's astounding to those of us who use it daily, but some people wouldn't know it if it bit them. So if they bought a stolen or missing horse (and didn't see a flier put up somewhere)-how would they know that horse was being searched for?
Too much time lapsed. What? What does that mean? It means the faster we get the case started, the better your chances of getting that horse back quickly-especially if stolen. If you wait a week or two hoping that this was all a mistake-well, it may take awhile, Charlie. Why? Because chances are-that horse was already run through at least three sales and, if you are really lucky, got pulled by a private buyer or a rescue. If not, well....we can hope. That's the reality. No scare tactic.
There you have nine reasons-and there could be more-why you are still waiting for your horse to come home. The good news is-NetPosse never forgets. Those cases remain open. We have found and recovered horses 3-5-10-12 years after they were last seen. NetPosse does PERSIST. That's why we want you to keep persisting at sending out those ALERTS and those fliers. Somebody will see your horse and call to tell us where.
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