ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —
"My horse, poor little soul, slid into a cattle guard and I had to put it down," Cooper said. "It absolutely ripped my guts out to have to do it."
Cooper claimed the horse was turning away from the cattle guard when its front leg slipped between the bars. But Fire Department representatives said the horse broke one of its front legs as Cooper tried to "walk or lead" the horse across the cattle guard.
Cooper planned to spend Thursday searching for a new horse to continue his ride. If he's successful, Cooper hopes to head to San Diego from New Mexico. Once there, it's on to Russia, Europe, Iceland and back to the U.S.