Callander woman's search for her beloved pony is underway
NORTH BAY -- Breanna Pearce has always loved horses, so when her new, young, pony Cider escaped in the early hours of July 30, she was devastated.
"Before morning chores were even done Thursday morning at 6 a.m., he was spooked and jumped the gate," said Pearce.
Pearce adopted Cider just four weeks ago from Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue in Hagersville.
Cider arrived at his new home the night before his escape.
"He went into the neighbour's yard across the street. We were able to see him for a couple of hours, but lost track of him in the bush," said Pearce.
Cider was set to befriend Pearce's 11-year-old mare. He was last seen on Watson Road off of Hwy. 11 in Callander.
Cider's disappearance has sparked a team of volunteers from multiple municipalities to help track him down and bring him home.
"I want to say 'thank you so much' to the people out of Chisholm, Sudbury, Powassan, and Nipissing have been out looking for him," said Pearce.
"I have people trailering up horses to go look for him on foot and on horseback. So, I really want to thank them."
When Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue, Cider's previous home, heard about his escape, the CEO decided to cover the $1,000 cost of chartering a helicopter Wednesday morning for a bird's eye view of the bush where Pearce believes he may be.
"That's the least we can do to help her find him," said CEO Brenda Thompson in a Skype interview.
"If he was in our care, we would be doing the same thing. It's a team effort here."
Cider is described as 36-40 inches in size.
He's chestnut brown with a white star on his nose and a white line along the bridge of his nose. He is easily spooked.
Pearce is asking drivers on Hwy. 11 near Callander to keep their eyes peeled and if anyone spots him to contact her right away.
She still holds hope that Cider is alive and that she will be reunited with him soon.
"With his past being more of a feral horse prior to going to the rescue, I believe he has the skills to make it out there," said Pearce.
Should you see him, you can call 705- 471-9567 or 905-768-9951.