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East Texans plead for return of special horses

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Paint horse missing from Van. (Photo source: Kadi Alford). Paint horse missing from Van. (Photo source: Kadi Alford).
Tennessee Walker horse missing from Van. (Photo source: Kadi Alford). Tennessee Walker horse missing from Van. (Photo source: Kadi Alford).
VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas family is desperately trying to find two very special horses. They believe the horses were stolen out of their pasture, between Canton and Van, on Van Zandt County Road 1316 on May 30.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, but still have no leads. One of their owners says these horses were far more than just animals.

When Kadi Alford came home from Louisiana, there was one thing she wanted to do.

"I was like, Mom, I want to go ride my horse. She just looked at me and started crying and said, 'The horses are gone,'" recalls Kadi.

Ever since Kadi learned her Paint Apache and her brother's black Tennessee Walker went missing, she and friends have been combing the area on four wheelers looking for the horses. "We checked all of the fences and there were no places where they could have gotten out. The gate wasn't left open," Kadi explains.

Kadi says one other gate in the back of their property is the only other way someone could have gotten into their pasture, and she thinks someone did.

"There were trailer and dualie marks [in the grass] and they had turned around. You could see," explains Kadi.

For Kadi's family, the horses hold sentimental value. When her other brother and cousin passed away three years ago, the horses helped her cope.

"I would just jump on them and go riding and forget about everything else," she says.

Apache helped Kadi through the grief.

"I could tell him anything and he isn't going to tell anybody," she says with a smile. "That was my therapy in helping get over it in a way," Kadi adds.

Just down the road, Kadi's grandfather thinks someone tried to steal his horses, too.

"They hit it pretty good though," he explains as he shows us the damaged gate that used to guard his pasture.

Kadi's grandfather came home to find his fence rammed into, but his horses are still there. The horses at Kadi's grandfather's house are the horses that belonged to Kadi's brother and cousin.

"There's no price you could put on them," she says.

Even though those horses are still here, Kadi says her family feels incomplete without the other two. "Bring them back. Bring them home, please," begs Kadi.

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