Alabama, a horse that has been missing for a week and a half in Lewis County, has been found alive.
Owner Chris Simonetti tells 7 News that Alabama was found by a local hunter less than a half a mile from where the horse wandered off the trail.
"This is probably one of the best times of my life right now. For the last 11 days I haven't slept," said Simonetti.
The hunter, Timothy Cobb (pictured) of Glenfield, returned the horse Wednesday morning.
"I saw some fresh tracks and I went on them and I found him," said Cobb.
Simonetti gave Cobb a $2,500 reward for finding the horse.
The 18 year old Alabama ran off from the Otter Creek Trails area June 29 when he was startled after Simonetti dismounted.
Volunteers have been searching the area.
They were afraid Alabama, still wearing a saddle and bridle, would get stuck on brush and not be able to reach food or water.
It's a miracle Alabama survived without any serious injuries.
So how did the horse survive?
Folks at Otter Creek Stables say somehow he found enough to eat.
"They have a lot of vegetation out there. The grass and leaves and trees. There's swamps, there's creeks, so he could sustain himself for a while out there," said Michele Widrick.
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