Have you seen Buddy?
Anyone with information is asked to contact Bulloch County Humane Enforcement at the Statesboro Animal Shelter at (912) 764-4529, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office at (912) 764-8888 or Sines at (903) 486-5216.
A local woman hopes someone has seen her lost horse, Buddy, who spooked and fled just minutes after arriving at his new home.
It has been almost two weeks since Sparrow Sines lost the 12-year-old gelding in the Brooklet-Denmark area, and she is worried someone may have him.
“I’m sure somebody found him, has him penned up and doesn’t know what to do with him,” she said Wednesday.
Long hours of walking through thick woods, riding horseback along fire breaks, leaving feed out and even shaking a bucket of feed, calling Buddy, has not worked.
Riders searched using other horses with which Buddy is familiar, hoping their horses’ scent and hearing their horses neighing to each other would lure the missing gelding, but that did not work either, she said.
Sines had just purchased the flea-bitten gray Paso Fino gelding and was putting on a new halter when some heavy equipment passing by made noise that caused the horse to spook. He pulled back, hit the barn with his body, and bolted.
When he encountered an unfamiliar electric fence, he was further startled when it shocked him and he went through the fence before galloping across a busy highway and into the woods, Sines said.
Agricultural electric fence chargers emit a mild shock when animals touch the wire, discouraging them from escape or damaging the fence.
Fresh tracks gave searchers hope, but no one has reported seeing the horse. Sines and others have spent a great deal of time looking, with her searching for hours twice daily, to no avail.
“I don’t think he is in there (the woods) anymore,” she said.
Calls were made to area horse auction barns to make barn owners aware that the horse is missing. Horses taken to sale barns must either have a copy of a negative Coggins test or have blood drawn for one at the sale site.
The test, required by law when a horse is transported, sold publicly, or taken to gatherings where other horses are located, detects equine infectious anemia. If someone has taken the horse and tries to sell him at an auction, they would have to pay for the test as well as give their name and address.
Buddy looks white from a distance, since he still has his winter coat, but up close, small dark freckles all over his body can be easily seen. He was wearing an orange rope halter when he disappeared.
Sines is concerned about the horse’s welfare as well as citizens’ safety, as she fears he may cross a busy road again and be hit by a car.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.