Jackie Trute, 15, and a 6-year-old quarterhorse named Kymera have a special bond. Just how special that bond is, became evident the afternoon of Oct. 28.
Trute mounted Kymera for a ride down a quiet country road in Quebeck White County. Suddenly Kymera became nervous, Trute dismounted, it became apparent why the horse was uneasy.
A huge menacing black stallion who was fenced in, suddenly decided to attack, not the horse but Trute. It was a frightening experience.
"The horse bit the fence and it snapped. He then trotted back and jumped over it. He came towards me and grabbed me on the leg, just shook me like a dog bone," said Trute.
Kymera, frighten by the stallion, ran away. However the horse's survival instinct was overshadowed by the bond between the horse and Trute, who was now in danger.
"I screamed when he bit me. Kymera came back and fought him off for a while, she came to me and I got on her," said Trute.
The horrifying attack wasn't over.
"Kymera started walking back and the stallion came toward us again. Kymera turned and went after him again. Rode all the way back from the road, all the way up the hill until I was safe," said Trute.
Dianne Choplosky, the horse's owner, told Channel 4 News, it's very rare for a horse to come to the rescue of a human being, because the horse's survival instincts take over. Choplosky said it doesn't surprise her that Kymera came to Trute's rescue.
"Kymera just bonded with Jackie like she was waiting for her to come. I have no doubt that Jackie would even be alive, if it hadn't been for Kymera coming back to fight the stallion," said Choplosky.
The bond between Trute and Kymera began four years ago, Trute never rode a horse before, Kymera had never been ridden. The two began to learn from each other, and from that experience a special bond developed.
"I would lead her around, feed her apples all the time. Every afternoon from school, I would do my homework and I would go out brush her down, go out for a ride," said Trute.
The bond between the two is stronger than ever.
"We are best friends for life here, and I would like to do the same for her, too. If she was in danger, sick or something, I would do everything I could to save," said Trute.
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