Mitchell Rosen: A time of need reveals true acts of kindness
My wife woke me up at 3 a.m. one morning last week to say there was a fire in the hills where she keeps her horse. We had been watching the fire on the news and were in touch with the stable before going to sleep. At the time, it appeared the fire was staying away from the horses and we retired for the night.
I’m not at my best when suddenly awoken at 3 a.m. The road to our stable was closed because of the fire and the only other way to rescue the mare was to go the back way — a polite way of saying there is a path from Rancho California Road in Temecula to the hills of Murrieta, but it involves a route so circuitous most mountain lions and coyotes would get lost.
Rescuing the horse meant going about 10 miles through fire roads, neglected roads, dirt roads and paths without any signs, lighting or upkeep. There wasn’t a choice, though. My wife’s beloved Shire was in peril and the stable did not have enough trucks, trailers and drivers to save all the horses.
Before we lost cell reception, my wife called a horse transportation company we had used before and every friend and neighbor she knew to be proximate to our horse. I want to chronicle the kindness, selflessness and exceptionalism of horse people.
In the hills of Murrieta is a man who runs a good-size horse transport business. Bob answered his phone at 3:30 a.m. and told my panicked wife he was sending a truck and driver through the hills to ferry the horses. He had no idea if his truck would be allowed through or the depth of the peril. Didn’t matter; he is a horse person and the only question was did we need a […]