Owner searching for lost Whaleyville horse

Published 11:07 am Saturday, September 4, 2010


WHALEYVILLE—This isn’t your usual lost-pet story.

Comet got loose on Monday, and his owners have been worried sick about him ever since.

The difference between this and your usual lost-pet story, however, is that Comet is a 14-year-old horse, and he broke out of his barn on Monday.

Comet’s owner, Frances Holland, has been leading a search effort and is looking for help from her neighbors far and wide in rural Whaleyville.

“This has never happened before, it’s really unlike his personality,” Holland said. “I just want him to come home. We’re heart-stricken that we can’t find him.”

Comet, a quarter horse, is a bit more than 15 hands tall and is chestnut-colored with a white star on his forehead.

“He’s not wearing a halter, but anyone could walk right up to him,” Holland said.

The horse escaped around 4 p.m. on Monday from its barn on Arthur Drive and headed into the forest toward Longstreet Lane, according to Holland.

After two hours of searching through the forest, Holland called animal control to notify them and resumed her efforts the next day with the help of friends and neighbors.

“We have been looking for him from daylight until dark,” Holland said. “A group of girls form Mulholland Farms came out yesterday, two friends came out last night and rode their horses out to look for him, neighbors have come out. We notified the airport, and they’ve flown over to see if they could see him. We’re doing everything we can.”

Comet has been with Holland for the past four months, helping her train three wild mustangs, which Holland adopted. Holland said she believes a mustang and Comet were in a fight, which is what led Comet to break out of the barn.

“But it’s just not his personality to go and not come back,” Holland said.

If anyone has seen a horse fitting Comet’s description please call Holland at 642-1304.