Wrangler Erin Bolster, a seasoned professional rider, was leading seven others on a one hour horse ride in Wyoming. A 700 lb. grizzly burst out of bushes chasing a deer then charged Scout, a horse ridden by an 8 year old boy on his first horse ride ever. During the chase, the boy fell off Scout.
What happened next was extraordinary. Bolster and her horse Tonk charged the bear three times, finally backing it off.
Did she think twice about that?
“I had no hesitation, honestly,” Bolster said. “Nothing in my body was going to let that little boy get hurt by that bear. That wasn’t an option.”
Tonk was on loan. She said couldn’t let him go after that so she bought him. Horse people tell me super horse Tonk, who is 18 hands high, must have trusted her completely.
“Some of the horses I’ve ridden would have absolutely refused to do what Tonk did; others would have thrown me off in the process.”
Heroes. Both of them.