Debi Metcalfe reunited with
her stolen horse “Idaho”.
If your horse is stolen go directly to:
Stolen Horse International at
A Shelby, North Carolina woman
has made it her mission to find stolen horses.
Debi Metcalfe and her husband, Harold, lost a family member. Their horse, Idaho, was horse-napped, in broad day light from their pasture.
A year later, they found Idaho in Tennessee.
This is how Stolen Horse International and NetPosse.com was born and has now celebrated over 10 years of success.
The website has Idaho Alerts which are similar to AMBER Alerts for missing children where members are alerted when a horse, tack or even trailers are stolen.
An estimated 40,000 horses are stolen each year in the United States.
During the Metcalfes’ search, someone set up a Web space for the couple and after finding their horse, they decided to help out other people on the Web. That’s how her site NetPosse.com was started.
“We got so much help, I thought I owed it back,” she said.
Since founding her organization, Debi has written a book and been part of television news stories, newspaper and magazine articles and her expertise was used on Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” in August.
She appeared as the cover story on The Gaited Horse magazine in an edition that sold out and was most recently featured on “Weekend America,” a Public Broadcasting radio show.
We do a lot more than stolen horses,” Debi said. “That’s how we were started, but we do so much more now.”
Her priority is working with people whose horses are missing first. That comes ahead of fundraising and other functions.
“We try to stress that even if the horse is not found alive and well, it’s better to know than have questions,” she said.
Inspiration … Debi has empathy for the people she helps.
On the NetPosse site is a list of stolen or missing horses across the United States. Also included are photos, dates and current status.
Below are just two of the many horses that have been stolen.
For complete listings: Click here:
Stolen: LPS Mr. Jalapeno
Bay Morgan Gelding Missing in California suspected to be in Arizona – Feb. 6, 2007
Fleabitten Grey Arabian Gelding Stolen after dark from Therapy Progam in Newton County, Georgia – Feb. 3, 2008
If you have a horse that has been stolen or strangely disappeared, do not hesitate. Contact NetPosse.com immediately.
If you recognize the horses pictured above, click on the name of the horse for more information.
It takes everyone working together to keep our horses safe and in their own homes.