Chilean Horse Rescue: Stranded in Four Feet of Snow

To celebrate his 21st birthday, Rafael went snowboarding with his friend in El Colorado, Chile. He noticed a strange-looking rock in the distance, and soon realized it was no rock at all, but a stranded wild horse trapped in snow. Knowing the poor horse would surely die, Rafael and his friend leapt into action.

The incredible video documents the rescue, and it’s like something out of a movie! Rafael and his friend go right up to the gorgeous chestnut horse and dig her out of four feet of packed-in snow. They then lead the mare six miles down the mountain, allowing her to follow behind them.

Five hours after they discovered her, the horse was reunited with her herd. Rafael may not have celebrated his 21st birthday in the typical way, but his version is much more heartwarming :)

Rafael wrote about the harrowing rescue on The Inertia: “I have been through a lot in life, and through it all I have realized that it’s well worth it to watch out for others — whether they are human or not. And that’s what me and my riding partner did. What we learned when we finally reunited the horse with its owner was that the horse had been missing for four days. Hopefully this inspires you to get out there and not only live your life to the fullest, but to help others do the same.”

If the snowboarders hadn't come along, it's not likely the stranded horse would have lasted much longer. And while riding the slopes might have been a more pleasant way to spend the day, Pease says he wouldn't have had it any other way.

Responses to "Snowboarders Save Stranded Horse From Freezing To Death"

  1. Jill says:

    This literally had me in tears! how wonderful... lovely, genuine and caring young men!!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    God bless those heros for their kind and compassionate hearts thank goodness they had an owner and was reunited . Val in Perth Western Australia

  3. Anonymous says:

    I realize the horse was probably dehydrated but I hope the owner is feeding her a lot more now. She must have been terribly thin to begin with.

  4. Unknown says:

    yes you guys are heroes you saved a life

  5. Unknown says:

    ...thanks to the rescuer - and also thanks for sharing - well done :-) (y)!

  6. lboo says:

    It shouldn't have been dehydrated, animals can eat snow for hydration. I agree must have been really thin to start with. Great kids, to help out this animal.

  7. Unknown says:

    Gosh when I am witness to such miraculous events I do wonder at the alchemy of it all. Wish I were able to follow all the characters in this miracle and see what has transpired because of this Kindness and the Synchronicity of circumstances.

  8. Anonymous says:

    God bless you guy's

  9. Anonymous says:

    four frigging days? didn't the owners look for her?

  10. Unknown says:

    The best living creatures on this earth are humans who are kind. I wish they were the majority..

  11. Unknown says:

    May you be forever blessed in your lives for saving that beautiful souls life.If I could hug the hell outta you I would.Many thanx from an animal warrior....

  12. Morgana says:

    Kindness and compassion indeed, won the day,it feels so wonderful to save a life even by others. Thank you guys.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Fist off, when a horse dehydrated the back end, under the belly gets sucked up. That doesn't cause the ribs to show. Second, when a horse has a winter coat and you can still see a rib cage line, that is one thin horse. This coming from a person that cares for 120 horses at a time. Believe me you watch for every little thing that might go wrong, including too much packed snow in the hooves.

  14. Unknown says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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