U.S. Army veteran and double amputee David Carpenter never thought he would see his horse again.
In 2013, Carpenter, a Purple Heart recipient, sustained devastating injuries after being hit by three IEDs. Although he recovered after being sent back to the States for better care, he lost both of his legs in the process. While struggling to deal with his new reality, Carpenter made the difficult choice to sell his beloved horse Valentino.
“I was in my wheelchair so much and I didn’t want him (Valentino) to sit. And I just didn’t think I’d be able to ride again and I kind of lost hope in being able to do that,” Carpenter told KSAT. “It was a really dark and depressing time.”
After a year of being separated from Valentino, Carpenter knew he had to get him back. Just a few weeks ago, he was able to re-purchase the horse and regain the companion he so desperately missed.
“When I went to pick him up, he recognized me right away. He knew my voice. He came over to the fence. He knows I’m not like a normal person and he treats me differently than anyone else,” Carpenter said. “He’s never going anywhere without me ever again.”