December 2, 2022
  • A Utah male who had “lost all the things” is celebrating the return of his horse that escaped eight a long time back.
  • Shane Adams said that Mongo ran away to be part of a herd of mustangs when the two were being tenting.
  • Adams in no way believed he would see Mongo once again. Now, his spouse and children couldn’t be happier about his return.

Shane Adams bought his to start with pony at a few decades previous and has been using on trails as extensive as he can recall. 

To him, ponies and horses had been component of “just having fun with everyday living,” the 40-12 months-previous from Fielding, Utah, informed Insider. When his horse Mongo ran off during a tenting excursion eight a long time in the past just after looking at a herd of mustangs pass by, Adams was remaining devastated. 

Adams said he bought Mongo when he was in his late-20s living with a few of roommates who also experienced horses that Mongo seemed to dwarf.

“He was large,” Adams mentioned. “He was just a horse that just designed all my friends’ kinds look tiny. And yeah, he was just a significant monster, you know. He had a really amazing, calm character.” 

Adams stated he took Mongo tenting in West Desert every 12 months. He never ever thought Mongo would try out to get loose, even if a herd of mustangs ran by – as they did 8 several years back when Mongo ran off to be a part of them. 

“I in no way even believed about it. I heard about individuals having problems with it in the past and horses breaking loose or whatever, and then they were being capable to go back again and get it,” Adams reported, incorporating that Mongo “would by no means even operate around for” mustangs in the previous. 

Mongo with his family before he ran away.

Mongo with his spouse and children before he ran absent.

Courtesy of Shane Adams.



After Mongo ran off, Adams mentioned he returned to West Desert routinely to search for the horse but ultimately missing hope he would ever find him. He advised KUTV that “never in my existence” did he be expecting to be contacted by the Bureau of Land Administration, who mentioned they located Mongo in the course of a roundup in Tooele County in September. An inspector reported the manufacturer on Mongo matched the description Adams experienced supplied eight years prior when he claimed Mongo lacking, Adams told Insider. 

Adams said he drove above three several hours from his home in Fielding to retrieve Mongo, who he reported failed to seem to be to acknowledge him instantly but still remembered his teaching from several years prior. 

“I hurried up, hooked up my trailer, and was all set to go,” Adams advised Insider. “He was truly cool when we got him and loaded him in the trailer and things. He was definitely good. He remembered all of his trailer manners… backed out wonderful and slow, walked in wonderful and gradual.” 

Mongo, who Adams previously referred to as a “big monster,” is healthful aside from currently being a few hundred lbs underweight, Adams said. 

“You can’t see it now for the reason that he’s skinny,” he claimed. “I’ve been feeding him a ton. He eats a whole lot mainly because he lost a lot of bodyweight. He made use of to weigh 1,550 lbs.” 

Shane Adams and his daughter greet Mongo, who was missing for eight years.

Adams and his daughter greet Mongo, who was lacking for eight many years.

Courtesy of Shane Adams.



Adams explained the most “inspiring” aspect of his tale was reuniting Mongo with his children, now 8 and 11 years old, who realized Mongo growing up from shots and music they manufactured up about him. On his way back again to his dwelling in Fielding in which he life with his mom, Adams stopped by his ex-wife’s home, wherever his youngsters reside. 

“My tiny female came out, and she climbed up on the trailer. She experienced observed him and was like, ‘That’s Mongo.’ And then my son, my ex-wife pulled up in the motor vehicle, and my son bought down, and he is like, ‘There’s no way. That’s Mongo.'”

Considering the fact that dropping Mongo, Adams stated he’d gotten divorced, shed his household, and grew to become disabled right after a vehicle incident. Adams said he hopes Mongo’s return is a sign that factors are turning all around for him. 

“My everyday living is like down in the dumps, like the vehicle incident. I lost my dwelling, I lost everything,” Adams stated. “I obtained my horse again while.”