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.
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!
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
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.