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Searchers look for missing horse lost near Trommald

Courtnie Smith may have expected a quiet horse ride with a friend Thursday, but what happened next created a mystery and started a search party.

Now the 18-year-old is out searching for a lost 5-year-old thoroughbred named Jagger.

Smith was riding Jagger Thursday along the snowmobile trails. They were about a mile from her home near Trommald when Jagger bucked and dislodged her. The normally sweetly dispositioned horse was acting anything but.

“He took off and I haven’t seen him since,” Smith said. “We’ve been out looking for tracks and I can’t find anything.”

The 16-hand gelding, complete with saddle and lime-green reined bridle, seemed to vanish.

Smith has only had the horse for a few days as she is taking care of him for her cousin, so she said it wasn’t as simple as Jagger finding his own way back home.

She said he comes to his name and was last tracked near Trommald on Miller Lake Road. Smith said she’s contacted everyone she can think of and searchers have been out on horseback, in trucks and on snowmobile. So far no one reported any sight of a lost horse. And Jagger vanished just before the snowstorm hit, adding to a deep snowpack. Now temperatures are expected to begin plunging to subzero during the night. So with less than two hours of light left, Smith was out searching again with friends in the mine pit areas. Now, she said, she hopes it’s a matter of someone seeing the horse and helping her find him amid a growing concern as the hours tick away.

RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, may be reached at 855-5852 or Follow on Twitter at

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