PHOENIX -- Horses might not be the typical sight people would expect to see in the center of downtown Phoenix. However, that’s just what was seen Sunday night when a man traveling across the United States tied up his horses for the night in an alley downtown.
Doc Mishler, 77, has ridden his horses from the Pacific to the Atlantic, stopping at many cities in between.
“Each day is a new adventure,” Mishler said. “I never know where I’m going to get my next meal, but God has a plan.”
He travels from city to city on his three horses, Charity, Justice, and Chief Free Spirit, meeting new people and spreading the word about hungry children. According to Mishler, he doesn’t just ride for fun, he has a purpose.
“There are children in the world who are so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of food,” Mishler said.
Before staying with some friends at 44 Monroe, an apartment building in downtown Phoenix, Mishler tied up his horses in an alley next to Hotel San Carlos.
Mishler said he checked on his horses around 9 or 10 p.m. and everything was fine, but when he went to see them in the morning, they were gone.
“I understand that people were naturally concerned about the horses,” Mishler said.
At 4 a.m. on Monday, a security guard told Mishler his horses had been taken by Arizona Equine Rescue Organization to their facility in New River.
Since then Mishler has been reunited with his horses, and said he is headed south for his next journey.
“These horses are in great shape and I can’t wait to get on the road again,” Mishler said.