As many of you know, Wesley, Mandy Carpenter's big draft horse who stayed with Mary at Rose Court for a while, was once a carriage horse. Wesley was a favorite at the barn, famous for his willingness to become a jungle gym for three or more children at once. Knowing Wesley has made me fond of all carriage horses. And I think others of you feel the same way. So, I thought you'd all like to see this news about a carriage horse becoming ill downtown. We can all send that horse some positive "get well" thoughts and prayers.
June 13: The Post and Courier reported that : A horse with Olde Towne Carriage Company was rushed to a veterinary clinic this afternoon after it started vomiting blood clots in the South of Broad neighborhood, Charleston police said. The horse was making a turn from Water Street onto Meeting Street around 12:30 p.m. when it became ill, police spokesman Charles Francis said. Handlers were able to get the horse into a trailer and it is en route to the Edisto Equine Clinic on Edisto Island, Francis said.
June 13: Also, the Post and Courier published this on the topic: A carriage horse became seriously ill on Tuesday, bleeding from the nose on a Historic District street and sidewalk, before being taken to a veterinary clinic at Edisto Island. The 16-year-old horse, "Bill," had shown no signs of illness before the tour began, according to Kate McGauley of Olde Towne Carriage Co. McGauley said Bill suddenly began bleeding. "It was an out-of-the-blue thing, not a pre-existing condition," she said. There was no further information on the horse's condition later in the day.The horse was making a turn from Water Street onto Meeting Street around 12:30 p.m. when it was stricken, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said. Handlers were able to get the horse into a trailer, and take it to the Edisto Equine Clinic on Edisto Island, Francis said. Lonnie James, who identified himself as a South Of Broad resident, said the incident left blood on the street, sidewalk and a wall. "People were lined up on the street with their mouths open," he said.