In 2003, Michelle Pool lost her horse, Opie. More accurately, Opie was taken from her by anonymous thieves who cut the fence surrounding Opie’s pasture, loaded him up in their trailer, and drove away. Pool was devastated. She immediately reported the theft of her beloved pinto American Saddlebred to Stolen Horse International, also known as netposse.com. She filed a police report. She spoke with neighbors to find out if anyone had seen anything. She scoured online ads. She never gave up hope.
When his owner for the past eight years, who was unaware that he had ever been stolen, decided to sell him, Deanna Bordelon entered the picture. Bordelon saw his sales listing and thought he would make a good partner for her 13-year-old daughter. She did her homework, though, and after digging around a bit, she found his netposse.com listing. That set off the chain of events that led to Opie and Pool’s reunion. The full story is featured on NBC’s TODAY website.
The journey to the unlikely reunion is documented in the video below. Keep the tissues handy.