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
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.