An Auckland woman is making a last-ditch plea to find her beloved horse, which was sold before she had a chance to say goodbye.
Georgia Harris, 21, has spent the past two years trying to figure out what happened to her Clydie-cross Whiskers, but has exhausted all her leads.
She's now gone public in the hopes someone will recognise him and bring her some certainty.
Ms Harris had Whiskers for around nine years at the family's farm near Woodhill Forest north of Auckland, when her parents one day decided to sell him on Trade Me without telling her.
"I came home one night from work and he was just gone, and the lady who my parents sold him to, they agreed I'd be able to say goodbye to him and that was fine," she says.
"I tried to contact her a couple of months later and she refused to let me see him and she'd passed him on to someone else."
In an email provided to Newshub, the first owner says they bought Whiskers for her son who taught him to be a "very confident rider".
She also provided photos of her son on Whiskers, but wouldn't pass on the new owner's details. From there, the trail went cold.
Ms Harris and her sister put up posters and contacted all the nearby pony clubs to see whether they'd seen Whiskers, who has starred in a number of TV shows - including Sunny Skies on TV3. That didn't turn up anything either.
Ms Harris says Whiskers helped her during a "traumatic" time in her childhood, so she needs to find out what happened.
"Growing up I went through a series of traumatic events, and what most people understand is that animals can heal people," she says.
"So tracking him down over the last two years has been hoping, with fingers crossed, for something to come back to me."
But whatever life made of Whiskers, Ms Harris says she'd just like to know.
"It could be a bad ending - he might have been put down due to an illness or sickness, but I think it's better that someone reach out and say, 'Yes, we had him but he's gone.'"
She thought Whiskers might still be in the Auckland area, but conceded he could have made it anywhere in the country by now.
"He's really special. If anything could come out of it, that would be awesome," she says.