I believe a thread a month or so ago suggested he was much better, but that doesn't appear to be quite true. Obviously he is getting the best care possible but at his age and with hot summers each July and August is going to be a struggle.
“Let’s just say we are fairly concerned,” Roby said. “We don’t really know from day to day what’s going to happen.
“But when you’re basically 110 in people years, you never know what can happen.”
After being on fluids for about 24 hours on Tuesday, John Henry has been confined to his stall during the day so he can undergo additional treatments. At night, John Henry is turned out in his paddock at the Kentucky Horse Park, where the temperamental gelding has lived since 1985.
“We just take it one day at a time because we never know what the day is going to hold,” Roby said. “We just do what he needs that day to make him happy, make him comfortable.
“He’s not in any pain. Our vet doesn’t think he’s in any pain or discomfort right now.”
“With the weight being off of him, it’s very hard to keep his condition the way it should be,” Roby said. “Basically, at 32, you’re just like an old person trying to keep weight on. Once they lose the weight, it’s really hard to get the weight back on.”
“Somebody just called and said, ‘I’m going to make a trip from Cincinnati. Can you make sure he’s there?’” Roby said. “We’ll, no, we can’t guarantee he’s going to be here tomorrow. We just don’t know at this point.”
[from Kathy Hopkins, Dir Equine Operations] "He's a Cushings horse, so sometimes just trying to keep him in balance with his electrolytes and all that, is, of course, more difficult with a Cushings horse, just like an elderly person. So we were doing exactly would you would do for an elderly person if they had a little bit of an electrolyte imbalance--you put them on fluids to straighten them out.
There's a "rumor" on another board that he passed away today. I figured I'd find out for sure on this board. So far, glad to see that it's not true. He's a fighter and certainly won't go anywhere without one heck of a battle. Get well soon Johnny.
I just saw him in late July when I took my stallion to KHP to ride in the Parade of Breeds. I thought he was looking kind of down then. I sent a message to a friend who works at KHP to see if I can hear the news on him from someone there. If he is indeed gone, the horse world has lost quite a legend with his passing.
Oh that totally STINKS if he did indeed pass away! So sad... Esp too since I am going to be visiting the park this Sunday with my husband (who Ive been trying to get there FOREVER...he's horsey too)...it will be his first time ever there! And I really wanted him to be able to see John Henry.
My thoughts, in order, on seeing his recent pics in the great article in the Blood Horse:
1. My gosh, he's lost a lot of weight and doesn't look well.
2. But look at those ears, that eye, that utterly assured expression (you know and I know that I'm so much the best that there's no point in even debating it). That's John! He still looked like his spirit was home, even though he obviously was having physical issues.
He'd be spitting mad if he saw a bunch of ladies crying over him.
Words more true could not be spoken. I was moved to tears when I met him in May, but I was able to stifle them until I made it back to the snack stand, at which point I sobbed and sobbed. 'Much to the puzzlement of fellow snackers.