Social media helped two of the tornado horses find their way back to their owner.
Owner Frank Campbell says he thought his horses died in the tornado. The fox-trotters, named Elvis and Eddie (left), are his field trial horses. His third horse still hasn’t been located. He says he is the brother to Elvis (above) and looks similar. The horses will be boarded at a farm until they can go back home.
“As a horse lover and Pony Clubber, I greatly appreciate your rescue and care of these lost and injured horses,” writes Hilary.
Equine Medical Associates Inc. of Oklahoma shares letters of support written by Mission Valley Pony Club members from Kansas. The group donated supplies to make the healing process a little easier for the practice’s tornado survivors. The clinic is still housing two unclaimed horses found near the Orr Family Farm that were displaced by the twister.
The clinic calls the dark bay thoroughbred (left) gelding Lips. He made it through the storm relatively unscathed. He suffered a lip laceration and is missing his front teeth, but not his charm his caretakers report.
It was a case of mistaken identity for the mare called Legs. The palomino’s owner was not located, although she was thought to be owned by a boarder at Wallace Horse Park. So the search continues.
A customer of the clinic is also trying to find a gelding‘s family. He was lost after the first tornado on May 19.
The Oklahoma City Animal Shelter is also housing two unclaimed equines. Officials say one is a 5 year-old bay gelding (top) with a star on his face. He came in wearing a halter. He and his buddy, a 7 year-old bay roan gelding with a big blaze, were found near 157th and May.
Monetary donations have funded procedures needed by the patients after the storm so their owners won’t have a bill. At least 40 horses were treated at area clinics. Their owners have been identified.
Officials encourage owners to look for and claim their pets now. “We can help with fostering efforts,” says Kirby Smith Public Information Manager, for ODAF. No re-homing efforts will be made for at least 30 days from the date of the storm for tornado pets, according to authorities.
If you are looking for answers regarding your pets, please call the hotline at 405-837-7240.
Barrel racer Carrie Moore was searching for her horses after the tornado. “At this point, I’ve come to the conclusion that mine are gone.”
She was one of the first to contact the USDA’s hotline to see if her 3 were among the dead cataloged by the agency. Her worst fears were confirmed about Blackjack. The fate of Joker and Harley is believed to be known, however they haven’t been ID’d.
She says she is taking things “one day at a time.”
Moving on, looking forward
Celestial Acres owned by the Orr Family boarded horses for multiple trainers including Lindsay White and her boyfriend, Randy Weidner. The pair’s 12 horses were killed by the twister and one of their dogs still hasn’t been located. They also lived in an apartment in the barn and lost all of their belongings.
They moved to Minnesota before the end of May to rebuild their lives and businesses. Five horses were brought in as part of that process, including one named Lucky.
If you’d like to help them, you can send a donation through Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Randall Weidner Catastrophe Trust has also been established through Wells Fargo Bank.
The horses lost at the farm were all boarders’ horses, so the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma set up a fund for the horsemen.