Two weeks passed and the Collums had put the little horse out of their minds — until one Saturday morning when the doorbell rang. “I answered it and a man driving by said that my horse had escaped and was laying in front of our pasture,” Collum said. “I immediately responded, ‘Is he a miniature horse?’ He said yes, and I thanked him and said that he belonged to my neighbor, but I would go get him.”
With snowstorms in the forecast, the Collums set to work preparing a new home for Lil’ Ben, where he could ride out the winter weather in comfort. They left a note for their neighbor as to Ben's whereabouts, but they received no response.
Several days later Ben’s owner called, asking if they knew anyone who would want him.