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Pet Tales: Lost horse turns up a decade, hundreds of miles later

Heather Warlick: Michelle Pool thought for sure she would never see her long lost horse again, but a decade later, a string of coincidences brought her back together with her beloved Opie.
by Heather Warlick Published: April 15, 2013

Pet tales

Lost horse turns up a decade, hundreds of miles later

It was nearly 10 years ago that Michelle Pool, 40, of Eureka Springs, Ark., realized her beloved horse, Opie, had been stolen from her father's pasture where the horse had been staying. A clipped fence was about the only clue the horse-nappers left, but a neighbor had seen someone with a horse trailer that night and thought it was Pool picking up her horse.

“We knew he was gone,” Pool told After reporting Opie missing to authorities, Pool started her own investigation. She made fliers and went door-to-door in search of information. Nobody had seen the Saddlebred Pinto with white and tan markings.

“I kept looking, kept looking,” Pool said. “I had posted him on Stolen Horse International the same week he went missing. I stayed on that computer nonstop looking at lost horses, stolen horses, recovered horses, anything I could find.”

Fast-forward 10 years and Pool's hopes for finding Opie had long since diminished when she got a call from Debi Metcalfe, the woman behind Stolen Horse International.

“We found your horse,” Metcalfe said. She was “150 percent” sure the horse was Opie, she said.

The horse had been listed for sale on in Dayton, Texas. Deanna Bordelon was in the market for a horse for her teen daughter and went to look at the horse she'd seen listed.

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by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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