Search Under Way for Horse Lost in California Flood

A California man is hoping a tip will lead to the recovery of his horse that was lost when flooding caused by last week's heavy rains broke down the corral in which the animal was originally located.

Clayton Price said Spud, a 10-year-old roan Quarter Horse (with Appaloosa hindquarter markings) was located in a corral at the River Trails Riding Stables near Norco, Calif., on Dec. 21 when heavy rains caused the Santa Ana River to overflow onto the property.

"The water broke down the pen he was in and he was swept into the river," said Price, who operates the riding stable.

Two other corrals containing three other horses withstood the flooding, Price said.

Price and others conducted aerial and ground searches of the area, but so far have been unable to locate the horse.

"The problem is that the area where he could ... be has lots of brush and it's very hard to see, even from the air," he said.

Still Price believes the animal will be found.

"He's very strong," Price said.

Anyone with information about the horse's whereabouts is asked to call 951/532-4556.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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