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Happy Ending

By Dorinda Troutman, RMR Staff Writer

 

November 2010 Issue  

     Cash and Pal are home at last. The two Quarter Horse geldings, aged four and ten, were literally “lost in the wilderness” for more than two months this summer, but were finally found at the end of September.

     Owner Trevor Motichka, of Polson , Montana , was packing and trail riding with three horses in the Bob Marshall Wilderness last July. While camping along the Calbick Creek trail, the horses ran off in the night and went south down the Big River Trail to Switchback Creek. One horse was found the next day, because it was hobbled, but even after an extensive search over the next two days, the two sorrels remained missing.

     Trevor left word at the ranger station, and then spent the next two months unsuccessfully running down many leads from people who called to say that they had seen the horses.

     “I rode from the Monture area (near Seeley Lake ) all the way up to Glacier Park looking for those horses…with no luck. They were finally found in the drainage where I had lost them by a guide working for Dusty Crary, an outfitter,” Trevor explains.

     “When Dusty had been in there this summer, he had seen a lot of wolf sign but no horses. Although there was a lot of grass down below, we figured the horses might have been chased up high by the wolves, as they were thin and had such worn feet.”

     Trevor gives a lot of credit to the Flathead Back Country Horsemen of Columbia Falls, MT, for getting the word out, and for Rocky Mountain Rider Magazine for having a notice on their website.

     Other than being thin and sore-footed, the geldings were in good shape, and undoubtedly glad for their adventure to be over and to be back with their family.

     “My kids are really happy to have the horses home, too,” says Trevor.

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