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katarine
May. 12, 2011, 05:02 PM
Subj: Lost horse in Cohutta Wilderness near Cottonwood Patch Campground

Cindi Smith lost her one eyed, spotted saddle horse at the end of the Horseshoe Bend trail in the Cohutta Wilderness in North Georgia last Saturday. She was off the horse going up a steep area near the river and it got loose and ran ahead and went up over the hill and has not been seen since. She is frantic and I thought you might be able to get the word out for people to be on the lookout. PM me if you have info about this horse.

LMH
May. 12, 2011, 05:03 PM
Do you mind if I post this on my FB? Since I am in GA with several GA horse friends, it may help

Equibrit
May. 12, 2011, 06:01 PM
You might give these folks a shout; http://www.bchng.org/

katarine
May. 12, 2011, 10:06 PM
Do please feel free to post and cross post, yes. LMH, I'll give you her number

LMH
May. 12, 2011, 11:11 PM
got it and posted on FB.

spotnnotfarm
May. 13, 2011, 08:21 AM
Very sad. However, the saddle clubs in the area have been doing a great job of sending this around in an email. Hopefully, the horse will be found in good condition very soon!

skip916
May. 13, 2011, 09:05 AM
jingles! and updates? poor boy, it's been almost a week!

spotnnotfarm
May. 13, 2011, 06:35 PM
I heard from multiple sources that the horse has been found! He is a bit banged up but is back with his family:) Thank goodness! I would have been a basket case if it was my horse and I am sure the owner will be able to sleep now !

rainechyldes
May. 16, 2011, 03:40 PM
He has been found indeed.

Crossposted from ridecamp:

Friday my sister, Sherry, and I found a lost horse in the Cohutta
Wilderness of NW Georgia. The horse had been missing for 3 weeks. We rode 17
miles last Monday, looking for him, retracing the trail they had lost him on
and rode within 50 feet of where we found him but never saw him. I came
home, studied my maps, called the owner and asked her a lot of questions and
decided that he had to be in about a half mile radius of where they last saw
him because people were camping at all the trail outlets and would have
seen him come out and due to the cliffs and the Jacks River hemming him in, he
either fell to his death or was still there. The horse is one eyed so I
pretty much ruled out someone taking him. So we went back to that area and
split up. Sherry, my energizer bunny older sister, was going to come down
from the top on foot and because I'm so lazy I was taking my horse to the
bottom and was going to tail her back up. We are talking major steep. As I
was getting close to the ledge where they last saw him, leading my horse
and hoping she stayed back and didn't slide into me, I saw a place where it
looked like a horse had turned around on the narrow trail. I stopped
looked around and thought I saw some white in the underbrush. I literally said
to myself its just an old log and started to go on and then said to myself,
hey stupid, you are here looking for a paint horse so just tie up your
horse and climb thru the underbrush and look. Well, it was him, not 100 feet
off the trail and he never made a sound. He was very skinny, the saddle
was hanging under his belly and his reins were all tangled in bushes (I had
to use my clippers to get them loose), but the strange thing is that he was
like in a corral made of downed trees on 3 sides with his fur all over the
trees. If you had put a 4 foot tree across the back of where he was, he
would have been completely enclosed. There was a tiny mud hole that he drug
us too when we got him out, he got maybe 3 swallows and it was gone. The
whole area stunk to high heaven. My best guess is that he must have been free
for at least part of these last few weeks or surely he would have starved
to death, wouldn't he? The whole thing just baffles me!---- Oh, he was so
grateful for his rescue that he tried to kick me when I jumped over the
logs and got in behind him and leading him out if he came up beside my horse
on his blind side he tried to bite her but he certainly did enjoy the first
stream we had to cross, I bet he drank for 10 minutes. Linda Norton

katarine
May. 16, 2011, 03:48 PM
reminds me a lot of the horse that got lost in the Bankhead last Fall. Did I post that here? He too found a sort of 'corral' and stayed there ...so glad he's ok.

moonriverfarm
May. 16, 2011, 03:50 PM
WOW!!! What a great ending to the saga!