We finally bought our 11 year old daughter a horse about 3 weeks ago, an early Christmas present for a kid whose been doing really well with taking care of the horse while she's been taking lessons with her over the past 6 months or so. I've avoided herse ownership like the plague ever since the desire first began forming in her mind at age 5 when she decided she's going to become a veternarian and take care of horses.
I've been stuck up on the north slope for a 6 week long stint, never got to see the look on her face when her mother told her she was getting the horse for an early present, I just know that for the past 3 weeks she's been spending 12 to 14 hours a day at the ranch every day she wasnt in school, and most evenings till past 9pm. Suddenly I could never get ahold of anyone at my home when I'd phone!
Last night the horse somehow broke her leg and they had to put her down. While theres plenty of sadness about the whole thing for my kid and the owner of the ranch who mentored my daughter and this horse into the partnership that came to be, the brightest point in the story is about a neighbor of the ranchers a "hunter" by her description. A "hunter" who came over in the middle of the night to help them end the horses pain and suffering. By her description he was very compassionate, had her identify the temple, and ended the horses suffering mercifully and quickly.
It was actually heartwarming to hear this lady describe this as yet unknown to me "hunter" and how he helped us out at a time when I couldnt be there to take care of things myself. I'm not sure of this rancher's beliefs about hunting, but from the way she told the story, I think hunters will get some great press to all her friends and acquaintences on account of this man. I thought you all should hear of this man who hopefully isn't the only one of us out there who possesses these qualities.
Until I find out who you are and can thank you properly myself in person, I offer my thanks to you and all hunters of similar compassion.