Thieves Steal, Joyride, and Injure Therapy Horses

Thieves joyriding the stolen horses.
Thieves joyriding the stolen horses.

Lubbock, TX – Refuge Services, a nonprofit equine therapy program, had two horses stolen Sunday night.  5 men, two of which were minors, wandered the property before selecting 5 horses to go joyriding into the city on.  3 of the horses were owned by a boarder, and 2 were therapy horses.  “These horses are very tolerant of screaming and all kinds of movements and different things that aren’t typical of riding,” director Patti Mandrell told reporters, “but most importantly, they’re the key to this work.  We have 40 acres here, and so they really spent some time selecting who they were going to pick.”

The thieves stole the horses and tack, and rode the horses into the city.  A cell phone video taken by one of the thieves was posted to Facebook, riding on an access road to a major freeway.  A short while later, an onlooker took a photo of the group nearly 10 miles from Refuge Services, which helped police track down the thieves.  “We were able to locate them and get a trailer over there, and get the horses, and pick them up and haul them back and have them home safety,” Madrell said.

The two therapy horses will be out of work for some time with injuries sustained during the heist.  The horses suffered cracked hooves, sore backs, bumps, bruises, and are limping from their long ordeal on pavement.  Mandrell said she doesn’t believe the thieves had any idea how this would impact the horses.

Their Sheriff department is investigating to determine the appropriate charges to bring against the 5.

The two therapy horses that were stolen.
The two therapy horses that were stolen.

 

Cracked hoof from the long ride on pavement.
Cracked hoof from the long ride on pavement.
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