Stolen Horse International - Net Posse

Debi Metcalfe & IdahoYou 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

  • Generate volunteers worldwide

  • Build an international network to disseminate images and information on missing and stolen horses

  • Provide 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 stolen horses 

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.

Stolen Horse International & the NetPosse
PO Box 1341
Shelby, NC 28151
Phone
(704) 484-2165 
www.netposse.com

Stolen Horse International - Net Posse

Stolen Horse International - Net Posse



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