The story of two horses who ran away from their farm and remained missing for a week despite an extensive search has a happy ending.
Shortly after kawarthaNOW published our story (below) about the horses, a neighbouring family who found them contacted the owner.
Two horses, including a 10-week-old foal, remain missing a week after they ran away from a farm on Forbes Lane between Hall’s Glen and Warsaw south of Stoney Lake.
Calypso, a 12-year-old palomino mare, and her foal went over a stone fence last Sunday morning (August 22) on the 200-acre property owned by the Chambers family.
The family had only had the horses at their farm for a week. Prior to that, the horses were in Belleville after Calypso — presumably pregnant at the time — has been rescued at an Alberta auction.
Jenny Chambers posted on Facebook on the day the horses went missing, and has regularly been updating her post with progress on the search. Her post has been shared more than 1,200 times.
The Chambers’ 200-acre property, which is located along the Indian River and densely forested with little pasture, is surrounded by other farms, trails, and Otonabee Region Conservation Authority land.
The search began last Sunday on the property by foot, by ATV, and by drone, and was widened this week to include neighbouring areas, including the shorelines of Indian River and trails. The missing horses have been reported to the OPP and neighbouring farmers and other property owners have been advised, with many searching trails and fields in the area.
In the middle of the week, the Ontario Mounted Special Service Unit — a highly trained horse-mounted volunteer group involved in search and rescue, emergency response, and more — joined the search.
All the search efforts have proved fruitless so far, with searchers finding no signs of the missing horses.
Calypso is described as being friendly but cautious. She was not haltered when she left the farm. The foal, who is black with a white patch on the forehead and one white sock, was haltered.
Anyone who sees the horses is asked to call or text 705-930-2984.