Lost horse found and returned through social media

Medford, Ore., — Stasea Martin has had Scooter for the last 22 years.

He’s one of three horses her family owns.

On Thursday when she went to go feed him, Scooter was missing.

“We went and figured he oh he got out in the cow field, which he has done before.”

The family spent a few hours looking for but it him soon got dark out and too difficult, so they decided to wait it out until morning.

When Scooter still hadn’t returned, Martin knew something was wrong.

“We knew something had happened, but we weren’t sure if somebody had taken him to sell him at auction, or you know, we just didn’t know. So it was pretty scary.”

So she turned to social media for help.

“Every place we put him up at, at least 60 people shared it to their pages, or other pages.”

A few hours later, some helpful strangers posted pictures of Scooter on the Jackson County Scanner Facebook page.

He was being walked down the street in down town Jacksonville.

“We were flabbergasted. Totally stunned. We were like who takes a horse and walks it through the middle of town? So it’s very strange.”

And with the help of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Martin was soon reunited with Scooter…

He was found in someone’s yard in Jacksonville.

Just in time for Scooter, and his relieved owners, to attend a horse show at the Jackson County Expo today.

“A feel of relief, very happy to have him home.”

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