16 April 2013
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark., April 15, 2013 (UPI) -- An Arkansas woman said she was reunited with her stolen horse after 10 years when the animal was discovered for sale in Texas.
Michelle Pool, 40, of Eureka Springs, said she called authorities, put out fliers and posted on Stolen Horse International's website when her Saddlebred Pinto, Opie, was taken from her father's pasture nearly 10 years ago, The Daily Oklahoman reported Monday.
However, Pool said she thought the horse was gone for good until she received a call recently from Debi Metcalfe, the head of Stolen Horse International.
Metcalfe said a woman named Deanna Bordelon had been considering purchasing a horse in Dayton, Texas, but the seller's story of the animal's origins struck her as suspicious and she soon went online and identified the horse as Opie.
"I clicked on it and there was a list of stolen horses, and all of a sudden I see a thumbnail of Opie and look at the photo I'd taken of him on my cellphone," Bordelon said.
Pool said Opie nuzzled her in recognition when they were reunited. She said her story should serve as inspiration to others whose horses have been stolen.
"There is hope," Pool said. "You can get them back."