September 10, 2010
We all think it’ll never happen to us — but we may have another think coming.
A couple of years ago, I met Debi Metcalfe of Stolen Horse International at an equine expo. At the time, I was impressed by her passion — fueled by the theft of one of her own horses, Idaho — and her commitment to helping educate and empower other horse owners. Her group’s website has a ton of information on how to protect yourself from horse thieves and what to do if thieves strike. Stolen Horse International also sends out e-mail ”Idaho Alerts” on stolen horses and a “Net Posse” e-mail newsletter. It’s a lot of work for the bare-bones all-volunteer staff.
So, I wasn’t terribly surprised to learn yesterday that Debi was working instead of relaxing on her vacation. She’d had another report of a stolen horse — this one from a high-profile family in the horse industry — and she was trying to spread the word, hoping that the notoriety would A. Help bring this horse home; and B. Provide a little publicity for both her group and the issue of horse theft in general. We’re happy to help with both those goals.