According to an Associated Press report, an 89-year-old deer hunter has been charged with shooting a horse while it was being ridden by a 12-year-old girl near Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 9.

The hunter, Clinton Hulbut, thought he had seen a deer, and apparently he fired the shotgun from his property about 200 yards from where Lindsey Duffield was riding her horse. The slug missed the girl’s leg and hit the horse’s shoulder.

The article stated that Hurlbut was charged with misdemeanor reckless use of a firearm, which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The article quoted Traverse County Sheriff Don Montonye and said that Hurlbut feels terrible about the shooting. “He’s taking it real hard,” Montonye said in the article. The man apologized to the Duffields.

Duffield was riding on her grandfather’s farm on the outskirts of Browns Valley, a town of 800 near the South Dakota state line.

The mare was recovering, but might not be able to be ridden again.