It is with a very heavy heart that I tell you that we had to have Hank put down. He deteriorated rapidly in the last few days and the vet decided it was time. He had ongoing problems with an arthritic knee and most recently had developed heart problems.
He was such a tremendous asset to the farm. He loved people and he gave back so much. I will never forget watching him with the special needs kids from Stepping Stone school. He knew his job was to stand still while they brushed him. He stood like a statue and 4-6 kids brushed him all over. He was a kind and gentle soul. He knew how much the kids and volunteers needed him. I remember an autistic teenager that came to the farm; he had never been around a horse before. The boy wrapped his arms over Hank's back and under his belly and hugged him for over 20 minutes. The other kids brushed Hank around the boy. The teachers had to gently pull the boy off of Hank when it was time to leave. The teenager left with a smile and such a sense of peace.
Hank was a true treasure. He will be deeply missed and forever loved.
Hank has joined our other cherished rescue horses in Greener Pastures. You can read more of his background there.