Rafael Pease had made the decision to snowboard in Chile with a friend for his 21st birthday. Yet, as he was having fun, he believed he saw a rock in the snow.
The rock turned out to be a horse that was deeply buried in the snowy mountains.
Pease and his companion dug him out with an avalanche shovel and gave him food.
Using a rope they made a harness, and they brought him back down the mountain. The horse had been stranded on the mountain for four days, they later learned.
The horse was returned to his owner. The man had released the elderly animal to enjoy his old age as a free horse. Pease says he couldn’t let the horse die up there.
He said that in order to spend the entire day digging it out of the snow, he had to forfeit a magnificent day for snowboarding. Yet in his eyes, everything had been worthwhile.