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RIP John Henry (the driving mule)

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  • 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.


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

    http://pbase.com/conklink - photo albums
    "My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world." ~ Jack Layton

  • #2
    Aww very sad. What a great mule

    RIP John Henry
    Draumr Hesta Farm
    "Wenn Du denkst es geht nicht mehr, kommt von irgendwo ein kleines Licht daher"
    Member of the COTH Ignorant Disrepectful F-bombs!*- 2Dogs Farm


    • #3
      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!


      • #4
        oh, so sorry for your loss. what a great mule


        • #5
          Such a loss, he was a handsome fellow!
          You jump in the saddle,
          Hold onto the bridle!
          Jump in the line!


          • #6
            Major loss --- he was such a smart, handsome guy. There are a lot of people in mourning now.


            • #7
              Oh my goodness what a looker! I am so sorry for their loss.

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


              • #8
                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.

                I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                • #9
                  What a sad loss for not just his people, but for all of us who had warm and fuzzies for this handsome fellow.


                  • #10
                    What a handsome, versatile guy. RIP, beautiful mule.

                    And thanks for posting this, hitch.
                    "... if you think i'm MAD, today, of all days,
                    the best day in ten years,
                    you are SORELY MISTAKEN, MY LITTLE ANCHOVY."


                    • #11
                      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.
                      F O.B
                      Resident racing historian ~~~ Re-riders Clique
                      Founder of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique


                      • #12
                        She absolutely adored him. My heart breaks for her. So sad. :-(
                        "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                        • #13
                          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.
                          save lives...spay/neuter/geld


                          • #14
                            condolences to his human family

                            what a stunning mule.
                            TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


                            • #15
                              There's coffee in that nebula.


                              • #16
                                A great ambassador who will be missed.
                                "I couldn't fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder."


                                • #17
                                  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


                                  • #18
                                    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.


                                    • #19
                                      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


                                      • #20
                                        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