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RE: [RC] lost horses - Nancy Sturm

We've had it happen both ways.  A long time ago, I bought a new horse and
foolishly turned him out in a wonderful mountain meadow type pasture we'd
been using - open to our own hillside and barnyard, but unfenced at the
upper edge.  He just left the country, trying to return to his old home we
suspected, only his homing instinct wasn't very well developed.  I thought
I was going to have to humble myself and call the former owner when  we
finally found him way up the mountain standing quietly behind an old line

However, last fall I brought my gelding home from where I'd been boarding. 
He'd never been to our place before.  The morning after  I rode him  home,
he jumped out from under me about a mile from the house.  I ended up on a
back board in an ambulance and he ended up in the barnyard.  Of course, he
is an Arab. I was afraid he'd try to return to the boarding facility, but
he went right back to the barn.  Good horse!

Nancy Sturm

[Original Message]
From: Ridecamp Guest <guest-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 1/20/2005 3:52:34 PM
Subject: [RC]   lost horses

Please Reply to: sue sue_jamaica@xxxxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

From time to time I'v seen postings here and herd about people being
seperated from their horses on trailrides-or they jump the fence. What I
was wondering is how would ahorse survive alone in the woods-if you fell
off and they ran away? Would they return back to camp? Or if the park was
close to their home-would they go back there? Do they have the same
"sent-smelling" instincts as dogs when they are lost? Foe instance, I you
move from one state to another could they find their way back to their old


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