Serendipity, Mel, Steele and Faith are back home after what their owner describes as four days of incredible stress and uncertainty.
Silverado Socrates first noticed that four of her horses were missing last Friday morning from Mandy and Me Trailriding stables in West Kelowna.
Socrates said that she initially suspected someone may have taken the horses because she didn’t see any tracks or other signs indicating that the horses had escaped on their own.
According to Socrates, she contacted the RCMP, alerting them that the horses were gone. She also took the investigation into her own hands by starting a Facebook group and getting her friends and those who help out at the stables to assist in the search effort.
Socrates located the horses Monday evening in the Ellison area. She claimed that she knows the individuals who took the horses from her property. She also indicated that there wasn’t any confrontation when she took the animals back.
“They were a few of the ones that I suspected; there was a group involved,” said Socrates.
“It’s all bizarre. It’s not the right thing to do. I don’t think they had any realization of how stressful it was for so many people.”
Socrates said she is still trying to piece together the group’s motive for taking the animals. She said that some of the individuals had grown close to the horses after helping out at Mandy and Me Trailriding.
“Normally horseback riding costs a lot of money. All of these guys had the opportunity to ride for free in exchange for helping.
“They had a very lucky break to be allowed to be here at all.”
Socrates said those guilty have lost her trust and will likely lose their privileges at the stables for the time being.
Kelowna RCMP Watch Commander Brad Swecera said that Socrates has yet to provide mounties with further information about the individuals who allegedly stole her horses.
“We don’t have any suspects at this point. It’s kind of at her end—if she provides some information to police, we’re glad to look into any suspects or criminal act that she feels has occurred,” said Swecera.
“If the information was provided that someone stole her horses, we would investigate it by all means—that’s not the information that was given to us.”