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N GA: Lost horse in Cohutta Wilderness, near Cottonwood Patch Campground

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  • N GA: Lost horse in Cohutta Wilderness, near Cottonwood Patch Campground

    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.

  • #2
    Do you mind if I post this on my FB? Since I am in GA with several GA horse friends, it may help


    • #3
      You might give these folks a shout; http://www.bchng.org/
      ... _. ._ .._. .._


      • Original Poster

        Do please feel free to post and cross post, yes. LMH, I'll give you her number


        • #5
          got it and posted on FB.


          • #6
            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!


            • #7

              jingles! and updates? poor boy, it's been almost a week!
              Jazz- 4.9.01 OTTB, loved since 12.6.09
              Skip- 3.3.91 APHA, i miss you buddy


              • #8
                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 !


                • #9
                  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
                  Originally posted by ExJumper
                  Sometimes I'm thrown off, sometimes I'm bucked off, sometimes I simply fall off, and sometimes I go down with the ship. All of these are valid ways to part company with your horse.


                  • Original Poster

                    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.


                    • #11
                      WOW!!! What a great ending to the saga!
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