After losing Mongo, Shane’s life started to fall apart, but 8 years later, Mongo made a surprise appearance just when he was needed.
Shane Adams lost his beloved horse, Mongo, eight years ago. He fled with a herd of mustangs.Shane was on a camping trip in the West Desert, two hours outside of Salt Lake City, on March 31, 2014.He was already sleeping in his tent when he was awakened early in the morning by a commotion outside.
The horse was tied up outside Adam’s tent, but not tight enough. A herd of wild mustangs ran past the camp and Mongo took off with his newfound friends.
Adams scrambled out of his tent in a state of half undress and tried to stop him, but he was too late.
Impossible or not, Adams was not about to give up on Mongo and traveled from his home in northern Utah to the West Desert every weekend for three years in search of his trusty friend. He bought everything he could think of to scope out and safely get Mongo back home.
Eventually time and money ran out and Adams had to give up from his search and move on.
Impossible or not, Adams was not about to give up on Mongo and traveled from his home in northern Utah to the West Desert every weekend for three years in search of his trusty friend. He bought everything he could think of to scope out and safely get Mongo back home. He spread the word that Mongo was missing.He contacted the local brand inspector and the Bureau of Land Management in Utah for assistance.In addition, he and his father, Scott, spent every weekend looking for Mongo.
He purchased a another horse, but he never got rid of Mongo’s custom halter that was designed just for his “big goofy head.”
His children aged as time went by. While he talked about Mongo in the past tense, his son was making up songs about missing Mongo. permanently lost. Or so he believed.
Adams informed the BLM of his missing horse by calling everyone else he could think of.
That hard work paid off when BLM managers rounded up a herd of mustangs near military property in Tooele County in the last week of September.
One of the horses stood out from the rest because he moved in step with the others like he had been taught, and upon closer study, it was discovered that his mark matched the one Adams had mentioned eight years before.
When Adams received the call informing him that Mongo had been located, he said to himself, “Never in my life.”
For four hours, Shane drove to pick up his closest friend. Mongo has undergone physical transformation. He had shed 400 pounds, to start with, but when Shane saw the horse, he instantly knew him. The best part is that Shane’s lessons were something Mongo never forgot.
Shane was overjoyed at the prospect of their reunion. He stated that this was the first good thing that had happened to him in the last two years. Shane can’t wait to introduce Mongo to his children and feed him his favorite treat, Sour Patch Kids.
Adams promised to get Mongo back to his fighting weight even though he is currently roughly 18 years old and many hundred pounds underweight.
Adams, whose severe automobile accident a year ago left him permanently crippled and whose harsh voice was caused by the trach he used while he was on life support, required just the motivation he needed.
After discovering Mongo, who he though was lost forever, he is prepared to disprove the advice of his physicians who claimed he would never be able to work again.