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Emotional Reunion Between Owner and Horse Lost in CO Fires

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  • Emotional Reunion Between Owner and Horse Lost in CO Fires

    It's not often you see a grown man cry. I would have too.

    http://www.kjct8.com/news/video/Man-...z/-/index.html
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    I saw this earlier, and I had to wonder why he left the horse in the barn? If I were him, I'd have let the horse loose if I couldn't load it up and take it with me.

    Very glad they were reunited. Can't imagine having to leave a horse behind like that.
    Equus Keepus Brokus

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Liberty View Post
      I saw this earlier, and I had to wonder why he left the horse in the barn? If I were him, I'd have let the horse loose if I couldn't load it up and take it with me.

      Very glad they were reunited. Can't imagine having to leave a horse behind like that.
      I was thinking the same thing. Why would you leave your horses in a barn?
      My life motto now is "You can't fix stupid!"

      Are you going to cowboy up, or lie there and bleed

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      • #4
        I think I'd have turned 'em loose, too, although, thank the Lord I've never had to decide what was best to do in a situation like that.

        I've often wondered if you could drive out could you ride the horses out if no trailer was available?
        You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.

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        • #5
          Glad it worked out!
          A good horseman doesn't have to tell anyone...the horse already knows.

          Might be a reason, never an excuse...

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          • #6
            Since the horse was able to leave the barn and get lost, I'm going to guess his barn was an in/out set-up.
            You jump in the saddle,
            Hold onto the bridle!
            Jump in the line!
            ...Belefonte

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MistyBlue View Post
              Since the horse was able to leave the barn and get lost, I'm going to guess his barn was an in/out set-up.
              The reporter, not the owner, said the horse was left in a barn. I wouldn't assume the reporter knows the difference between a barn and a corral. Until you've been the subject of a news report, you don't fully respect how much the media mess up.

              Both those cowboys state so simply and perfectly the whole "thing" about horses. There it is!
              http://www.facebook.com/pages/Easy-K...22998204542511
              http://www.easykeeperfarm.com

              I can ride my horses without a sharps container.

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              • #8
                He loved his horse so much he left it behind?

                Unless the fire was at his front door, I don't see how he couldn't have had time to hitch up his trailer and load the horse. Assuming of course the trailer in the video is his. I would have walked my horse away in hand if I had to before I would just drive away.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DancingArabian View Post
                  He loved his horse so much he left it behind?

                  Unless the fire was at his front door, I don't see how he couldn't have had time to hitch up his trailer and load the horse. Assuming of course the trailer in the video is his. I would have walked my horse away in hand if I had to before I would just drive away.
                  I've wondered this too when hearing someone say how much they love their pet, yet they don't have an emergency plan and at the first hint of trouble the pet/animal gets left.

                  I have driven my pick up loaded with supplies and led my horse from the drivers window. Not ideal, but I wasn't going to risk not being able to get back for her.
                  Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.

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                  • #10
                    Sometimes there isn't enough time. Fires move FAST and are often unpredictable. He could have been getting prepared to move the horses when he had to move NOW or risk his own life.

                    So glad they're back together. I definitely cried.
                    Fils Du Reverdy (Revy)- 1993 Selle Francais Gelding
                    My equine soulmate
                    Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding

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                    • #11
                      I believe that you cannot judge what happened because all the facts were not reported and because until you've had mere minutes to leave or risk being killed you just don't really know what you would do.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ThreeHorseNight View Post
                        I believe that you cannot judge what happened because all the facts were not reported and because until you've had mere minutes to leave or risk being killed you just don't really know what you would do.
                        You really are right but I honestly do not think I could just go leaving horses locked in a barn. I'd have to do something even if it was just turning them out.
                        Not because I'm brave but because I don't think I could live with myself any other way but as you say you don't know til it comes. I hope I never have to find out for sure what I would do.
                        You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.

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                        • #13
                          I agree with you pj - it has always been my plan to turn them loose in an emergency if I can't take them with me. In this case we don't really know if the horse was locked in or not and what other events transpired. I live not far from where this fire is burning and have thought repeatedly through the years about how to evacuate with my dogs and horses (and even the barn cats, and I am so not a cat person). It is my nightmare that my horses or dogs will be locked in the barn, house, or kennel and not be able to escape a fire. I know firefighters will do what they can to save animals, but sometimes things happen so quickly that they can't be saved. I know it wasn't the case in this story, but many people have more horses than trailer space - they've got one trailer that hauls two or three or maybe four horses but they own five or six or seven (or more) horses. It's scary because in a sudden emergency there isn't time to call around and see who has space in their trailer for one of yours. I'm glad he was reunited.

                          A tip for those who might ever have to set their horses free rather than take them along - think about how to mark your phone number on your horse. I've been told to use spray paint, but I know many horses wouldn't stand still for that. I think that Swat might work - the kind that is bright yellow or pink. Or maybe a grease marker. You can also buy some of those livestock bands that go around a horse's neck and write your phone numbers on them. They should break if they get stuck on something. You might also be able to write on his hooves with a sharpie. There might not be time in am emergency to mark the horse, but keep that idea in mind. Also, keep a set of photos of your horse on your phone (which you're likely to take with you if you evacuate); take pictures showing a close up of his face, markings on his legs or body, scars, etc. That will help if you need to be matched up with your horse when he ends up at a shelter.

                          I hope there are more happy reunions as people are able to return to their homes.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by pj View Post
                            You really are right but I honestly do not think I could just go leaving horses locked in a barn. I'd have to do something even if it was just turning them out.
                            Not because I'm brave but because I don't think I could live with myself any other way but as you say you don't know til it comes. I hope I never have to find out for sure what I would do.
                            As was already mentioned, the reporter talked about leaving them in the barn. But we can't tell from the report if the horse was literally locked in a stall in a barn. In the western US, the "barn" could be a large paddock with a run in. Since the horse got loose, my guess is he wasn't locked up tight in stall.

                            Wildfires can move incredibly fast. Sometimes there is no time. Two people died in these fires. Apparently the garage doors and car doors were open, but they were not able to escape.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BabyGoose View Post
                              As was already mentioned, the reporter talked about leaving them in the barn. But we can't tell from the report if the horse was literally locked in a stall in a barn. In the western US, the "barn" could be a large paddock with a run in. Since the horse got loose, my guess is he wasn't locked up tight in stall.

                              Wildfires can move incredibly fast. Sometimes there is no time. Two people died in these fires. Apparently the garage doors and car doors were open, but they were not able to escape.
                              Not implying that that particular horse/horses were locked in the barn, just saying I don't think leaving them in a barn is something that I could ever do.
                              Couldn't leave them in a paddock either. If I couldn't trailer out or ride out I'd have to set them loose. Again..I hope I do not ever ever have first hand experience and I feel so sorry for those that do.
                              You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.

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                              • #16
                                Many people were given a one hour notice to evacuate or very seriously risk dying. ONE HOUR. What if he had family he had to take care of? A sick elder, children, dogs that were easier to catch, not enough room or time?

                                Who are you to judge how he handled the situation? Just be happy like the rest of us that he is reunited with his horse and see the beauty in that.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by kmmoran View Post
                                  Many people were given a one hour notice to evacuate or very seriously risk dying. ONE HOUR. What if he had family he had to take care of? A sick elder, children, dogs that were easier to catch, not enough room or time?

                                  Who are you to judge how he handled the situation? Just be happy like the rest of us that he is reunited with his horse and see the beauty in that.
                                  If this was directed at me you need to reread my post and stop judging
                                  on whether or not I am judging someone else....I was NOT. Simply saying what I thought I would do in a like situation.
                                  You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.

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                                  • #18
                                    This whole thing is so horrifying to think about. Any happy results are good to hear about, regardless of apparent mistakes or missing information.
                                    "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

                                    Spay and neuter. Please.

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                                    • #19
                                      The trouble with turning them loose as a last ditch effort is that they get in the way of emergency vehicles and evacuees. You have to do what you can when it's a last-minute evacuation notice.

                                      My farrier didn't have a horse trailer during the last big fire in our area, and the fire seemed stable for a while. His place was at the base of a bluff, with no view toward the fire, and the first warning came when a spotter plane dove over the hill and flew low over his farm, the pilot waving frantically at him. A travel trailer was already hooked to his truck, and he tied his two horses and a mule to the bumper of the trailer, not ideal, but it worked. The stock had better sense than to raise hell when hell was coming up behind them. He drove out at a slow jog, and got them all to safety, 5 miles down the road. They were a little sweaty and out of breath, but safe.

                                      I think I'd ride out rather than leave any horse in a fire, but only the person who's there knows exactly what can be done, and what can't.
                                      "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."

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