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Wake family reunited with horse lost in storm

Posted April 23, 2011
Updated April 24, 2011

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— WRAL viewers helped reunite a 5-year-old Willow Spring girl and her horse which had been missing since storms rampaged across North Carolina a week ago.

John Singleterry said Friday that his niece's horse named Buddy was pastured near 2 Claude and Honeycutt roads. Last Saturday's storms blew down the pasture's fences, letting Buddy escape.

The family contacted WRAL News after unsuccessfully searching for the horse for six days.

Within hours of a brief story and photos being posted online, two tipsters said there was a similar-looking horse in an abandoned pasture about a mile from Buddy's.

Wake family reunited with horse lost in storm Wake family reunited with horse lost in storm

Jeff Gossett said his daughter Gracie, 11, found the horse on Thursday night and fed it apples and carrots. The horse then stuck around their subdivision, which is several farms down from where Buddy was pastured.

The Singleterry family recognized the horse as Buddy and took him home safely late Friday.

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  • Nette Apr 26, 2011

    thanks for such a great story! I know that little girl and her family were very thankful!

  • Call It Like I See It Apr 26, 2011

    Awww I love stories like that

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 25, 2011

    It seems like they should implant passive transponder chips in horses like they do dogs & cats. It would make it harder for them to get lost or stolen.

  • kewlmom Apr 25, 2011

    The keytag is a very good idea. So glad for the happy ending!

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Apr 25, 2011

    If forecasters are calling for a hurricane or possible tornadoes, it is a good idea to attatch a key chain or luggage tag with your name/phone# on the horse's halter in case it gets loose or if you have to turn it out for safety in an emergency.

  • mulecitybabe Apr 25, 2011

    I glad Buddy was found and returned home. I lost an old horse after a storm knocked down the pasture fence many years ago. Both horses got out. One was found about 2 miles away, but the oldest (27 years old) was never seen again, despite me offering rewards. So I'm glad this story turned out different.

  • jennylock2004 Apr 25, 2011

    i love happy endings after a tragedy. glad he is home safe