Rusty the horse didn't let a kick keep him down.
Three years ago, David Helmuth, scheduled a checkup for his team of horses. As the veterinarian administered shots, another horse kicked Rusty, a 10-year old Belgian horse, in the chin.
David said it didn't seem like Rusty was injured from the kick, so he continued with his schedule. Rusty and the team pulled the Wells Fargo stagecoach in the Savannah St. Patrick's Day parade.
Rusty is part of a six horse stage coach team that travels across the country to participate in different parades. David is their driver.
But the day after the St. Patrick's Day parade, David found Rusty could barely walk. His leg was swollen.
David called a local veterinarian who referred him to the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
He was told Rusty had seven small bones broken in one place. He was also told Rusty may not make a full recovery and the procedure would be expensive. David decided to move forward with the surgery anyway and Rusty made a full recovery.
David moved to Georgia seven years ago, he is a Georgia bulldogs fan, and said having the UGA veterinarian team save his Rusty's life is a full circle moment for him. He and his horses set out for the cross country journey to Burbank Wednesday morning. His team's next venture is to pull the Wells Fargo stagecoach in the Rose Bowl Parade.
"It's kinda like life. It's a big circle. For me to be a Georgia fan and to move down here. I really love it down here in Georgia. These horses travel all over the U.S. They have fans all over the world," he said.
David and the horses will have six days of travel between now and New Year's Day, spending Christmas in Phoenix.
You can catch Rusty and the horses pulling the Wells Fargo Bank stagecoach during the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day to cheer them on before the Dawgs take on the Sooners in the Rose Bowl.