The owner of a pair of horses that mysteriously went missing from Spruce Hills near 108 Mile Ranch last month continues to look for leads to find out where they are, even when consulting animal communicators.
Valaurie Wettstein has said she will not give up on the search until her two nine-year-old Fjord crosses – named Jack and Jill – are back home. The horses went missing from the Flying Rooster Farm, where they were temporarily moved to be used for sleigh rides, on December 18.
“I’m sort of going with my gut right now. If there are places they could go, I go out, ”Wettstein said. “My hunch is that they might still be around, in someone’s backyard. “
RCMP Staff Sergeant 100 miles. Svend Nielsen said police had few tracks on the two horses, which police suspect were stolen, as there were no hoof prints leading away from the farm. Researchers have also spent the last few months scouring the area on horseback, ATV and on foot, while drones and a plane were used early to see if the pair could be spotted.
“There is certainly something suspicious about it, that leads us to believe that they were stolen,” Nielsen said, adding that it would have taken some time to steal the horses. “It’s a bit of a mystery that two horses, which are built for a specific purpose, were stolen when they’re typically used for (sleigh rides).
“At this point, there is no information where they have gone. It’s troubling.
Police interviewed a potential person of interest, but she was cleared of any involvement, Nielsen said. He said that although the occasional cow has been stolen in southern Cariboo, it is unusual to be faced with horse thieves.
They hope more tips will come, noting that the horses are easily identifiable by their breed, color and brand. Wettstein described Jill as being caramel-colored with a black and blonde mane, while Jack is roan with a shorter, “messy” black and gray mane. Both were marked – with a diamond above an upside down E – on their left front shoulders.
Wettstein, who searched on horseback almost daily, said she hoped the horses attempted to return home to the Wettstone Guest Ranch in Bridge Lake, about 60 miles from Spruce Hills with plenty of fencing in between. Since their disappearance, however, there has been a lot of snow in the area, and still no sign of horse trails.
She has contacted the BC SPCA and the British Columbia Trademark Inspector, who will provide the information to auction venues in British Columbia and Alberta. She is also in contact with several animal communicators, who attempt to connect with the spirit or energy of horses. Most of them said the horses were together, which Wettstein said gives him “hope and motivation that they’re doing well.”
“I can’t relax or feel good until I see them and they’re back. It’s tiring not knowing what else to do, ”she said. “Every night, I dream of them, their fate and what they do. Sometimes it’s like a nightmare.
She said she is grateful for the support she has received, both locally and across Canada and the United States. It offers a reward for the return of the horses.
“It makes me feel a little better that people are helping and keep helping and not giving up,” she said. “I won’t give up until I find them.”
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of horses is asked to call 250-706-9369.
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