After massive 5-day search, beloved horse still missing

DO NOT CHASE!
The Vulgaris family believes Chief is likely very scared at this point. Chasing the horse may push it further away. If you spot Chief, call the police immediately.






This can happen much too easily to just about anyone…your beloved horse gets scared and bolts. It is our hope and prayer that Chief makes it back home safe and sound. As they say in the article, giving chase to a spooked horse is often NOT the best answer. They will become even more scared. But it would be difficult to make that judgement. Click on link at bottom of our post to view the video. ~ HfH

From: FiOs1 News
By: Maria Kardis

Think a large horse in a pink saddle is easy to find in northern New Jersey? Think again

DO NOT CHASE! The Vulgaris family believes Chief is likely very scared at this point. Chasing the horse may push it further away. If you spot Chief, call the police immediately.

DO NOT CHASE!
The Vulgaris family believes Chief is likely very scared at this point. Chasing the horse may push it further away. If you spot Chief, call the police immediately.

A middle-aged horse that was saved from the slaughterhouse, adopted by an Oakland teenager who loves it more than words can describe, has been missing since Saturday.

“Chief” – a very large, dark brown-and-white spotted horse wearing a pink saddle at the time of his disappearance – became either scared or excited Saturday and took off running.

Mackenzie Vulgaris, 15, saved Chief from a terrible fate in September. And he obviously appreciated her efforts, which makes his running away incomprehensible to the Vulgaris family.

According to mom Denise Vulgaris, Chief is “a big mush” – a calm and collected sweetheart, especially when Makenzie is around. Despite his imposing size, the paint horse lets his owner doll him up in glitter and pink accessories, and, based on her Facebook page, he doesn’t seem to mind posing for photographs with her either. There are photos of Makenzie literally hanging upside down off Chief’s neck, and photos of him getting cuddly with a small dog and an elderly rider.

The Vulgaris family took Chief in this past September, housing him first at Indian Hills Farm equestrian center in West Milford. About six weeks ago, Chief relocated to a residential farm on the 800 block of Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah, a stone’s throw from the Vulgaris home.

On Saturday morning, a fellow horse enthusiast asked if he could take Chief for a ride around the Mahwah property, according to Denise Vulgaris. The family agreed, and as Chief and two other horses went out for their excursion, Makenzie strolled beside the group on foot.

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AUTHOR: Posted by Habitat for Horses Calaway
7 Comments
  • paul

    HOW BOUT A LOCATION

    March 21, 2014
  • Marge Mullen

    This same thing happened to me a few years back. My horse was found by a local neighbor who just happened to be a horse dealer who took him to New Holland and sold him. I found him a few years later down south.

    So my advice to Makenzie is to check the only slaughter house in N.J. who slaughters animals for zoo animals.

    She all needs to notify both New Holland and Camelot auctions in PA.

    I tried to find Makenzie on facebook but not luck.

    March 21, 2014
  • MaryAnn Gimble

    Any update on this missing horse????

    March 21, 2014
  • Emily

    Paul….800 block of Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah, it says this right in the article!

    March 21, 2014
  • Margaret

    I agree check the slaughter house in NJ. Sounds horrible and it is but it might be your only hope. Check any and all horse dealers in the area and surrounding counties. Check auctions. Check the slaughter houses in Canada.

    March 21, 2014
  • Lin

    I’m not thinking slaughter, he could be caught up some where with full tack on, thats what I’m afraid of. miles and miles of woods where they are. praying he’s found soon

    March 21, 2014
  • Linda

    Chief was found!

    March 27, 2014