By Carlos E. Medina as published in The Ocala Star Banner
“It’s phenomenal that people came out on such a hot day to help Kate”
Jolean, a Paso Fino, did not survive, but Kate, a spotted saddle horse, is slowly recuperating.
Drainage tubes in her neck near where she was injected with the fuel still release material that smells of gasoline.
“It’s not as strong smelling as it was at first, but there is a distinct gas smell,” said Leah Greenleaf, who owns Kate.
On Sunday, more than 100 horse riders participated in a horse poker run at the Florida Horse Park to raise money for the extensive vet bills Greenleaf has incurred.
“We raised right at $2,500,” said Patti Hynds, who helped organize the event in which riders collected playing cards during the ride and make a poker hand at the end.
“The horse community is such a tight-knit community. We pretty much know each other or know someone who knows the other,” said Hynds, who has met Greenleaf before at other trail rides and events.
Kate made an appearance at the ride despite still being on the mend.
“She’s been a real trouper. She’s been a great patient. She’s had her bad days. When she spikes a fever she gets a little droopy, but her attitude remains good,” Greenleaf said. “People enjoyed seeing her. She was kind of a rock star. Everyone wanted to take a picture with her.”…(CONTINUED)