Woman reunited with stolen horse after almost 10 years

Woman reunited with stolen horse after almost 10 years

09 August 2012

By Horsetalk.co.nz on Aug 07, 2012 in Featured, Focus

Michelle Pool never stopped thinking about Opie, her American Saddlebred horse stolen from her father’s pasture in San Antonio, Texas, nearly 10 years ago.

Opie in 2003.

Pool reported the horse stolen in 2003 but, despite extensive publicity, Opie was nowhere to be found.

Now, she is looking to the future with Opie after her dreams were shattered all those years ago.

“We got Sultan’s Modern Opus, nicknamed ‘Opie’ when he was just a new foal of 16 months,” Pool explains.

Then, a week ago, a tipster called Stolen Horse International around noon to report an advertisement they had seen on online marketplace Craigslist.

They were interested in buying the advertised horse, but thought it wise to check NetPosse.com first to see if he was listed. They found him and reported their discovery to Netposse’s founder and president Debi Metcalfe .

The first task facing Metcalfe was tracking down Pool. Pool’s contact information on the website had not been updated in years.

“This story is bittersweet,” Metcalfe reflects. “New wounds are open for one family and old wounds starting to heal for another.

“None of this should have happened. One act caused the dominoes to start falling in 2003; one spineless act of a thief.”



RESOURCE: Horsetalk.co.nz, http://horsetalk.co.nz/2012/08/07/woman-reunited-stolen-horse-10-years-later/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=woman-reunited-stolen-horse-10-years-later#.UCEc4qPKd8E

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