Saunders grew up riding and caring for horses, and when a nurse overheard him speaking with a childhood friend about their memories riding, she began thinking of a way to make it possible for him to see a horse one final time. Coincidentally, the hospice center rents some of their land to an equine rescue center next door — and once the staff reached out to the rescue center, they immediately agreed to bring a horse over for a visit.
“So they wheeled him out and brought this beautiful horse around,” Saunders’ daughter, Jayne Hayes, told TODAY. “The horse happened to be named Victor, which was my grandfather’s name.”
For Saunders, riding wasn’t just a hobby, but a family legacy. Hayes explained that Saunders had actually gotten his love of horses from his father, who grew up on a farm and taught riding lessons. Saunders’ parents actually met during riding lessons, and they made sure to share their hobby with their son.