wake up one morning, put on you clothes and walk out to the
barn to feed your four legged family. Quickly you notice the
open door, the open gate and the tire tracks. Your horse is
missing. What do you do now?
Even if you have not heard of horse theft before, don't think
it doesn't happen. An estimated 40-55,000 people in the US
are victims of this theft in one form or another. No matter
what the breed or discipline of horse you enjoy, theft can
happen to you.
If you become an unfortunate victim of horse theft help is now
available thanks to Debi Metcalf and her Net Posse.
Like so many of us Debi and her family led a peaceful, quiet,
life but that all changed on the night of September 26, 1997
when her husband Harold's horse, Idaho disappeared from her
pasture. A search revealed a cut fence and hoof prints
that ended abruptly where tire tracks began.
Debi put her business on hold and began a search for Idaho
that lasted almost 1 year. With no structured, centralized
resource for victims of horse theft in place, Debi used a
"shotgun" strategy to blanket as much of the USA as possible
with flyers and to talk with every horse dealer, law
officer, and auction house that would listen. Debi knew her
search required luck and prayer to succeed, but fifty-one
weeks after the theft, a flyer ended up in the right place.
Its reader made the call that brought Idaho home.
Debi vowed that no other victim would have to face such a
traumatic experience alone. The NetPosse was born. This
modern day posse uses the speed and networking power of the
Internet to spread the word about stolen horses around the
world. There is no membership list or dues; anyone can
"join" the posse.
Stolen Horse International & Net Posse
international network to disseminate images and
information on missing and stolen horses
information to law enforcement, legal professionals,
non-governmental organizations and government
officials upon request and advocate changes in laws
and systems to safeguard horses worldwide.
Establish a global resource to find missing and
We urge all of a
you to take a few moments of your time and visit the Net
Posse website. You will find a wealth of information
on horse theft. Take time to view the posters of the
horses still missing. Above all, strongly consider
joining this organization. This is a chance to help
those who have a missing horse and increase the chances of
recovery for those who go missing in the future.
International & the NetPosse
PO Box 1341
Shelby, NC 28151