Police stock theft unit recovers six horses stolen from Hilton

2009-03-17 00:00

Three cases of stolen horses involving seven animals have been reported in the Hilton area, and it is believed that the horses were to be raced in an informal event to be have been held in Taylor’s Halt in April.

Six of the seven horses have since been recovered with help from the SAPS stock theft unit.

The seventh horse, Party Music, a 22-year-old mare, is still missing. Her age is likely to count against her survival.

None of the horses was bred or trained for racing and they were in a state of exhaustion when they were found.

The owners of the horses are all relieved to get their horses back and praised members of the stock theft unit for their return.

King and Venus were stolen from Wynchwood farm in Dennis Shepstone Drive on March 6.

They had been missing for a week before the stock theft unit recovered them in Taylor’s Halt, with King’s mane cut.

“I was devastated when I found out that they were missing. After a week went by, I thought we would never find them.

“King is such a special horse. The kids love riding him, and Venus is my special horse who I have had for many years,” said horse owner Pippa Hundley.

She said the horses are recovering well after suffering cracked heels, cuts on their legs and sores on their bodies where the saddle straps have cut into them.

“I think that it was quite traumatic for them. They must have walked for more than 40 kilometres. They seemed a bit depressed and I think they are still suffering from post-trauma shock,” said Hundley.

It is believed that the manes were cut to make identification difficult.

The police have also confirmed that a suspect has been arrested in this case and appeared in court on Monday.

The suspect has been remanded in custody pending further investigation.

Maverick and Major, two farm horses, were stolen from Folly Hill in Dennis Shepstone Drive on Saturday night and recovered again on Sunday in the Sweetwaters area.

“We found them grazing quite happily, though they looked like they had been ridden quite hard,” said horse owner Pauline Bullock.

“I think we were quite lucky to have recovered them so quickly,” said Bullock.

Since their recovery, she said, “I just get nervous and dash out of my house every morning to see if they are still there.”

Three horses were stolen on Monday from Cedara Agricultural College.

Ruby Tuesday and Dodgem were recovered yesterday, but Party Music remains missing.

Jonathan Tyler, a lecturer at Cedara, said that when the horses were found they were quite stiff as they had also been ridden hard. “Ruby Tuesday was found in Sweetwaters and Dodgem was found in Blackridge, which is really far from the college.”

Said the owner of Ruby Tuesday and Party Music, Robyn Nicolay, “When you ride a horse too long, it develops a case of azoturia or ‘Monday morning sickness’, which means that their legs stiffen and they can’t walk at all.”

“If they ride Party Music as hard as the other two, I don’t know that she’ll make it,” said Tyler.

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