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Love Valley / Horse Thieves

1 NC, United States

I left Love Valley early due to the fact that there are "HORSE THIEVES" in town. It was my birthday and we were visiting Jack's Place when some boys who actually live in the town were caught cutting the leather on the reins on my 3 yr. old strawberry roan appaloosa so he would pull away and they could steal him. We were fortunate enough to have caught a glimps of one of these 16-18 yr old boys that was the lookout. We retrieved out horse from the middle of the road and retied him and tried to enjoy the rest of our evening, which we did. It was due to the fact that words were exchanged with these boys and they left for that evening. We wrote this experience of as a prank until the following evening. The following day, We had a wonderful ride along the creek and actually swam a bit and returned to town the following evening. Low and behold the boys brought extra back with them this evening. We were not able to enjoy ourselves because one of us had to stand out on the porch at all times. We addressed the situation with some from the town and the comment back was "oh there "so & so's" kids if they take the horse we will know where to find it" and "that maybe we should give the boys dad a call he would put an end to this". I had had enough and stated we were leaving. It then got back to us from one of the young men that the rest of them were waiting in the woods for us to turn our backs. We returned to our campsite to find these young men were waiting for us and hiding in the woods around the area. We loaded our horses on the trailer at 11pm with tack still on and threw everything in the truck and left, because we knew if we went to sleep the horse would be gone by morning and my 13 yr. old son would have been devestated because he had broke the horse himself and loves him dearly. We will never return but it is not due to the trails or the business' it is due to the "HORSE THIEVES" and there lack of respect for others and their property. I would have returned many, many times and brought my kids back again this year as I have in recent years past, after this experience we will no longer return and it is a shame because my kids love the trails and the atmosphere and the friendly welcome we received from the business own/operators and locals.


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