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Horse missing in Bear Brook Park in New Hampshire

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    Horse missing in Bear Brook Park in New Hampshire

    It seems the rider fell off and the horse took off on a trail in Allenstown, NH. also, 24yo 17hh Holsteiner gelding with a brand has been missing for almost 20 days in a New Hampshire forest. No sightings of the horse but fresh dung and hoof prints have been found which people seem to think belong to the missing horse. There is a FB group as well “Find Leo: Bear Brook”.

    I've been following this. my heart breaks for the owner...


      There's another thread here with some pics:

      So much sympathy here. This is one of my worst nightmares. (People ask why there's always a halter in my car!)


        Oh god, now that I read the article it's even sadder. The rider did not fall off, they were going up a steep ravine and the rider dismounted. He let his horse go on ahead of him up the trail and when he got to the top, the horse was gone. I cannot even imagine how I'd feel in that situation. So sad. I hope they find him.


          Very, very sad.

          I am wondering if this is something that the skills of a K9 search team would be beneficial for. I've heard of them being used for good success with lost pets like cats and other dogs - wonder if there is a local K9 search team that could help?

          AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


            Originally posted by beowulf View Post
            I am wondering if this is something that the skills of a K9 search team would be beneficial for. I've heard of them being used for good success with lost pets like cats and other dogs - wonder if there is a local K9 search team that could help?
            Perhaps, but with the horse missing 20 days and the distance the horse could have travelled, very difficult. If a known, recent sighting maybe. Many search dogs can realistically search for no more than one to two hours before getting very tired. Following scent is exhausting for a dog. In long term trail searching, dogs are often switched out to allow dogs to rest.

            I'd be thinking a drone with a remote camera maybe?
            Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; John Gilliespie Magee, Jr


              They have been using tracking dogs and drones. It is a huge park, over 10,000 acres (someone put 3 dead bodies in oil drums and it was 30 years before someone found them - excellent podcast called Bear Brook) and in NH we have heavy tree cover and a lot of terrain. I've ridden there a couple of times and there is ample place for a horse to hang out -you are allowed to hunt there, so wildlife thrive.

              I am surprised and not surprised that they have not found him - I don't believe they've done a sweep, like they do for a missing child, but they have been doing 'pushes" where they have a group out that might drive him toward a more populated area.

              I did not know how he got loose, thank you for that detail! But that gives you an idea of the terrain they are dealing with - that was on a trail - which is the easy part. There is water and food for him but it's going to be tough in a few weeks.

              Since it is now turkey season and bow hunting season I am hoping that the hunters, who may be more likely to be quiet and notice Leo without Leo noticing them, will find him.


                Sad news. Just saw on Facebook that he was found alive yesterday (Saturday) by volunteers, and "passed peacefully." No details beyond that.

                Last edited by quietann; Sep. 27, 2020, 08:01 AM.
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                  Originally posted by quietann View Post
                  Sad news. Just saw on Facebook that he was found alive yesterday (Saturday) by volunteers, and "passed peacefully." No details beyond that.

                  Oh no. So sad to hear that.


                    Oh no! So sorry to hear that.


                      I am horseless, but a dear friend of mine lives near there and one of my past receptionists used to board her horse across from the park entrance. I've cut and pasted the additional details that were shared today.

                      Good morning,
                      Leo was found alive and walking freely in the woods off of Sentinel Pine and Carr Ridge - very close to where he disappeared.
                      The two hikers who found him have been involved in the search efforts for some time and wish to remain anonymous. I will only share my experience as Leo touched their lives in his own way.
                      What I will share, is that they and many others had been actively tracking Leo for many days. I began receiving many messages with detailed information, Sunday Sept 20, 2020. These were clues that Leo was traveling in the depression between the Hayes Marsh outlet and the junction of Sentinel Pine, Cascade, and Carr Ridge. He was seen but the reports could not confirm with 100% certainty, only hope that it was a glimmer of Leo.
                      On Friday evening, Leo's stirrup was found by the hikers who found Leo, the stirrup was off the trail near Carr Ridge. Small groups immediately went into the area looking and calling out for Leo, this information was never posted - we never saw him but saw big eyes reflecting back in the woods (it was nearly midnight). We fanned out into the woods but without any success.
                      On Saturday September 26, 2020, I received a call by the hikers that they had confirmed sights on Leo. They were able to get close to him and relay all the information to me as I made my way to the park.
                      As I was making my way to the hikers, they called to inform me that Leo had laid down. He was resting comfortably, so I instructed them to leave him down and allow me to come and evaluate the situation. I immediately called our vet who was enroute to the park.
                      As I was only 3-4 minutes from reaching Leo, the hikers called me to let me know Leo had taken his final breaths. They reported that he was in no distress and was held and comforted by one of his rescuers. He died in peace with people.
                      We can only speculate as to why this has all happened, it is not the ending any of us wanted. I will share that he was malnourished and tired. I believe the reason we began to see traces and glimmers of Leo is because he was slowing down. Leo died on day 20.
                      The hikers reported that he was elusive and evasive, he was not interested in being caught, but he allowed it. They also reported that he was very difficult to see and that he was no louder than an acorn dropping or the chipmunk mafia. He was in stealth mode.
                      There is so much more than I can write, and I probably should start a journal. I could write for months about my interactions with all of you. The personalities and characters, a diverse group I must say.
                      There is also one additional detail that you all should know. I re-entered my passion for horses via a dear fried who allowed me to lease Leo. I took lessons and learned to ride with skill and style. Leo was given to us by his previous owner, more specifically, Leo was given to Michael D Klein-McNeil for his birthday. We both rode and cared for Leo but Leo was owned by Michael and he was his horse not mine, his human was Michael.
                      Leo's body was retrieved by additional volunteers and brought to our farm by the Bear Brook State Park staff. Our loving and compassionate neighbors in Hampton Falls, assisted us in the burial of Leo. He was returned to us and the herd has the closure to move on and heal.
                      In the coming days, weeks, and months, small groups of us will be getting together to establish an educational program. We want to focus on the lessons learned for trail and hacking safety. Please journal your own ideas (privately) and as we regroup, refresh, heal and reorganize we will update the page and take in your recommendations in an organized and controlled manner.
                      Please continue to gather in small groups, hike and enjoy the park and all it's beauty. We will plan a picnic or celebration of life when the time is appropriate and honor the cycle of life and mother nature.
                      I will leave the comments function turned on, but we will likely not answer any further questions requesting more detail. One thing this page has done is shown the compassion, humanity, dignity and love for the equine. The page is diverse in opinions but the common denominator was Leo.
                      I am not a religious person but I believe in souls and energy that cannot be created nor destroyed. I begged Leo to come out and he did, this is not the outcome we wanted but we have him and for that we are grateful for your time, energy and compassion.
                      Sincerely, Frederick M. Klein-McNeil