ROTHENBURGER – On this Easter weekend, a happy story about a horse

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THIS IS A STORY about a horse.

Why, on this Easter long weekend, would I tell a story about a horse? Well, whether you’re Christian or not, Easter symbolizes new life, rebirth and, of course, Easter bunnies and egg hunts.

So, let’s pause from stressing out about the war, COVID, crime and all the other negatives that dominate the news these days, and think some happy thoughts. I have a story to tell about Tanner, our 32-year-old horse, who has a new lease on happiness.

I’ve written about Tanner, and his buddy Bradley, a couple of times in the past. I wrote about the bond between people and their animals and, maybe more importantly the bond between animals with each other.

On another occasion, I wrote about the despicable horse-meat business, and how we vowed to stay by our horses until it was their time, and to make certain their end came peacefully and painlessly.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – On this Easter weekend, a happy story about a horse

  1. John Noakes // April 17, 2022 at 7:29 AM // Reply

    Great story & thanks for sharing it with us.

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