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THE owners of a miniature pony which they let wander around their kitchen say they are thrilled has been found safely after disappearing for three days.
Heidi Northover and her daughter, Corinna Northover-Brewer, were devastated when their four-year-old pony, Star, bolted out of sight.
The family allow Star and their two other miniature ponies, Roanie, 10, and Hania, two, in their home in Main Road, Smalley.
"They are more like pets," said Heidi. "They come in the house as Corinna does a lot of work with them to train them."
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But on Wednesday, January 16, Star went missing while on a walk with Corinna.
Corinna, 16, said: "I noticed the reins were slightly loose on the sledge so I stopped to tighten them up.
"Something frightened him, which is most unusual as he's never normally scared of anything.
"He then bolted. My hands were cold so the reins slipped through my fingers. I ran after him but I slipped and fell in the snow. When I looked up he was nowhere to be seen."
The same night, a seven-hour search, consisting of more than 10 people and three dogs, took place in hope of finding Star, who normally sleeps in the family's paddocks at their home.
The family then set up a Facebook page called Help Bring Star Home and distributed more than 500 posters in the area.
Heidi said: "We were desperate to find him – we would have done anything.
"He absolutely hates the cold and has to have five rugs to keep him warm. That's why we were so worried about him. We didn't think he would survive."
Corinna, who won the Royal London Show Championships in the Young Handler Category in September with Star, added: "He is such a big part of the family and has never run off – if anything he follows me round all the time like a dog.
"The support shown on Facebook helped keep us positive. It just goes to show you how a small horse can have such a big impact on people that don't even know him."
On Saturday, Heidi received a call saying that horse noises had been heard off the Main Road, in Smalley.
"My daughter, Jeni, ran down the road and took a rug where she found him tangled in some branches 25 houses away from us," she said. "I still can't believe it. It's wonderful.
"Now Corinna is not allowed to go on the main road on her own with Star. We don't want anything like this to happen again."