The kindness of strangers on social media has helped unite a Wollondilly teen with her beloved horse.
Erin Cannon, 16, and her family have thanked the community - in Wollondilly and further abroad - for helping to find her thoroughbred Beau, who went missing in the bush for close to 48 hours.
Erin and a friend were on a trail ride around The Oaks with their horses last Sunday when they decided to momentarily tie up the pair.
"Something completely spooked Beau and both horses took off," Erin said.
"My friend went running and found their horse, but mine was still gone. I was shattered when Beau went missing.
"I was scared and nervous, a complete wreck."
Erin called her mum Joanne Mostyn and they turned to social media for help to find Beau.
The family's plea for help was shared in several local community Facebook groups and the Lost Pets in NSW page. Erin said she was overwhelmed by the response from people willing to help search for Beau.
"There were so many people that came out to help. People were out on horseback or on foot [searching around The Oaks area]," she said.
"I was very surprised at how helpful using Facebook was. So many people wanted to help locate Beau.
"People came along with their horses to go down and join the search. There were even offers from people to bring their drones to help.
"It was truly outstanding the number of people who helped."
Fortunately, Beau's story has a silver lining. Erin and her dad Andrew Cannon were out searching when they found him standing up a cliff last Tuesday morning.
"We wouldn't have been able to find him if he wasn't in his bright blue tack [equipment]," Erin said.
It was truly outstanding the number of people who helped.Erin Cannon
Erin said she was relieved to be reunited with Beau, 11, who she described as a "gentle giant at heart".
"Beau can be stubborn but I absolutely adore him," she said. "He is just adorable and so special to me as I've waited so long to have a horse like him."
Erin thanked everyone who helped her find Beau.
"I want to say a huge thank you from myself and my family to the community."