A horse that went missing following a day out with the Southdown Bloodhounds has been found safe and well, three days later.

Lily, a 15.2hh bay roan with a large white blaze and white socks, went missing on Sunday (6 December).

The meet was at Stocks Farm, Privett, and Lily bolted before she was loaded to go home.

Lily, who belongs to Dominic Hubble’s 14-year-old daughter Daisy, reared and bolted in almost full tack.

Lily was found yesterday (Wednesday 9 December) in Colemore by Wendy McComb, who had spent more than two hours seaching for the horse.

“She found her fit and well, with saddle still on, in a field a few hundred yards east of the A32,” said Dominic.

“Our thanks go to Wendy, and everyone who has spent time, offered advice, and between you all spent hours looking for Lily. It all warms the cockles of my heart.”

Jane Johnstone who runs the livery yard where Lily is kept told H&H: “We’re all very relieved — we were beginning to fear the worst.

“Wendy eventually spotted Lily in a massive open corn field. She found fresh hoofprints on a verge and followed then up to the field and saw Lily standing there — still with her boots, martingale and saddle on.

“The horse is slightly sore in her front legs and needs some rest, but she’ll be fine.”