Rafael Pease and his friend had planned to spend the day snowboarding the Chilean Andes to celebrate Pease's 21st birthday. However, after a few hours of shredding the snow, they soon found themselves in a position to save a life. While gliding down a hill, Pease spotted what he first thought to be a rock in the distance. Upon closer inspection, he discovered it was actually a horse desperately stuck in the snow.
By the time the snowboarders discovered the horse, stuck all alone on a mountainside up to her belly in snow; it seemed that she had given up on trying to wade out of the snow alive. However, the snowboarders leapt into action. Digging with a pair of snow shovels, the pair was able to free the horse from the snow that had melted, re-frozen and iced around her. Slowly, Pease and his friend led the horse down the mountain, feeding her some of the snacks they had brought for their day of fun. Eventually, they found her owner, who informed them that she had been missing for four days.
If the snowboarders hadn't come along or merely dismissed the mass in the distance as a rock, the horse would have likely not made it through another night on the mountain. While the horse had put a close to an amazing day of fun on the slopes, Pease states that he wouldn't have done it any other way.
"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," he wrote in a blog post on the outdoor adventure site The Inertia. "Hopefully this inspires you to get out there and not only live your life to the fullest, but to help others do the same."