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  1. #1
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    Default RIP John Henry (the driving mule)

    What a grand, grand animal. He will be missed. Condolences to his family, both equine and human.

    From the Carriage Driving List:

    Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 21:26:15 -0400
    From: Kathleen Conklin
    Subject: john henry - 1991-2011

    to all of john henry's friends

    i had to put down john henry tonight. he was diagnosed with a tumor the size of a football under his heart. i noticed at the orleton farm carriage show 8 days ago that he wasn't feeling well [just not drinking enough] and in his last class on sunday he stopped dead during the first trot and would only walk out of the ring. john henry was at the equine clinic at oakencroft from yesterday mid-day and this afternoon at the end he was in kidney failure, had a collapsed lung, and lots of fluid around his heart and in his chest cavity even after the vet removed 4 gallons. there was no other choice. he was in a great deal of distress.

    he was my equine of a lifetime and i'll miss him for the rest of my life. thank you for all for your support of john henry during his driving career. i think that single-handedly he showed everyone just how nice a mule could be.

    here are a few of the many great pictures i have from the last 17 years that i was his person.

    http://www.pbase.com/conklink/john_henry_19912011

    tally ho,
    kathleen, john henry \ / & agnes \ /

    http://john.henry.org
    http://horseblanketetc.com
    http://pbase.com/conklink - photo albums
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    Aww very sad. What a great mule

    RIP John Henry
    *^*^*^
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    I am so saddend by this news. I read his column in the Brayer Magazine. It was always my favorite one to read. Prayers to his owner because I am sure she is just devastated. He was great ambassador for mules!



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    oh, so sorry for your loss. what a great mule



  5. #5
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    Such a loss, he was a handsome fellow!
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
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    Major loss --- he was such a smart, handsome guy. There are a lot of people in mourning now.



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    Oh my goodness what a looker! I am so sorry for their loss.

    Paula
    He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).



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    I do believe I saw John Henry at the Walnut Hill Carrriage Show a few yrs ago in Pittsford, NY.

    I understood that he was eligible only in the Commercial competition but it was great to see him.

    I've read about him in the past and know it's a great loss to his family. What a wonderful creature he was. May he RIP.

    My sincere condolences to the Conklin family.
    Sue
    Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you!



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    What a sad loss for not just his people, but for all of us who had warm and fuzzies for this handsome fellow.



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    What a handsome, versatile guy. RIP, beautiful mule.

    And thanks for posting this, hitch.
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    My heart just breaks for Kathleen. He was truly the equine of a lifetime. What a lovely and well cared for animal. He couldn't have had a happier home.
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    She absolutely adored him. My heart breaks for her. So sad. :-(
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    I know I have read about John Henry too, and I wish to send my condolences.

    Its true, not many of us get a once in a lifetime equine. John Henry and Kathleen certainly had that magic.

    Godspeed John Henry, and beautiful memories edge out the sadness.
    Hats off.
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    Default condolences to his human family

    what a stunning mule.
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    There's coffee in that nebula.



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    A great ambassador who will be missed.
    "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."



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    I heard this very sad news on Facebook earlier today. Thank you for sharing Kathleen's update about the details of John Henry's death. I am so, so sorry for her. She adored that fantastic animal. I hope Agnes de Mule is some comfort to her now . . . .
    My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

    Fenway Bartholomule ♥ Arrietty G. Teaspoon Brays Of Our Lives



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    My heart breaks for Kathleen. What a grand mule he was and what a wonderful partnership they had. He was one of several that have given me serious mule cravings, so he was, indeed, an ambassador, and a lovely one at that.

    RIP old boy, and peace to your person.



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    I've had the song "the day John Henry died" stuck in my head for a while now, though it has nothing at all to do with mules . . .
    My ears hear a symphony of two mules, trains, and rain. The best is always yet to come, that's what they explained to me. —Bob Dylan

    Fenway Bartholomule ♥ Arrietty G. Teaspoon Brays Of Our Lives



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    Awwww, RIP John Henry!

    It's been a pleasure hearing about you over the years. You were a grand boy and an excellent ambassador for mules everywhere.
    "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you are right." -Henry Ford



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