But just last year, he wasn’t able to move any limb on his body, after a horrific rodeo accident which left him paralyzed from the neck down.
“I knew something special was gonna happen,” Bonner recalls, in his new interview with V Magazine. “I had that feeling in my gut. I went in super confident that day, loving my matchup—everything seemed to be destiny, picture perfect for me.” But it definitely wasn’t.
He recalls what he felt right after he dismounted the bull, named Cowboy Up, and flew to the back inside of the side.
“Any time we hit the dirt, our training teaches us to get up and run immediately. You can see in the video, I raise my head, but I couldn’t feel anything below my neck—my arms were out in front of me, but I can’t move them.”
After over six hours of surgery, Bonner headed to physiotherapy, which he didn’t love.
“There were literally moments, where I kind of just wanted to end it,” he remembers. “It was just torture. I have never been through a more painful experience, one where it’s hard to even raise yourself up out of bed.”
Tune into Dancing With The Stars on Monday, March 20th on ABC.
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