And it changed his life for the better.
Luke Sizemore was a Kentucky Air Force technician when he broke his back during a training exercise.
Sizemore said the injury took a toll on him both physically and mentally.
He said he was struggling with drug addiction when overdosed and had a serious car accident.
After waking up in the hospital, Sizemore said he made the decision to get sober.
And his recovery began with Central Kentucky Riding For Hope in Lexington.
Its mission is to better the lives of children and adults with cognitive, emotional or physical disabilities through therapeutic activities with the horse.
And staff with the non-profit said the program had made a big difference in helping military veterans.
After working with a horse named Rhett Buttler for several weeks, Sizemore earned the animal’s trust.
The two bonded.
Sizemore said the horse helped him learn more about himself, and ultimately face his personal demons.
While he had a long way to go in his recovery, Sizemore said he was forever grateful to Rhett for giving him a second chance at life.