Erie County burned horse 'doing really well''

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Northstar has his own doctor, room and files but he is not your normal hospital patient.

This horse has a nose for nuzzling, an ear for country music and a constant craving for apple wafers.

Northstar came to Ohio State University from Crawford County, Pa., after someone set him on fire.

His doctor said things are getting better, but visible scaring and scabbing shows that healing has just begun.

“Northstar is very happy. (We’ve) dialed down his pain meds and his wounds are healing wonderfully,” said Dr. Sam Hurcombe, assistant professor of equine emergency care. “He's got a long way to go. I don't want to diminish that.”

But for all the love that Northstar has for his care takers, he's getting it back tenfold.

It seems Northstar is becoming a real star.

“He loves people, the attention, the TLC here in the hospital,” said Hurcombe. “All the fan mail he's been getting this horse is getting more famous than the Kardashians.”

Cards and emails from across the world have been sent. People are falling in love with this horse who is recovering from a horrible crime.

His doctor said they are doing everything they can for him, but the burns that cover 40 percent of his body isn't something they see often.

“I've never dealt with a situation like this bad or an injury this severe,” Hurcombe said.

In fact, when they first brought him in, the outlook was not good, but one thing is now clear to Northstar's doctors and growing fan base. They know he’s going to live.

The doctors said Northstar will eventually go home to his barn with his iTunes play list of the hottest country artists, but he likely won't be a riding horse because of the injuries to his skin.

He probably won't be able to go outside either, without a special coat. (SOURCE)

VIDEO Northstar, Burned Horse, Receiving Care At Ohio State's Equine Center

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Responses to "Horse Recovering After Being Set On Fire (Photos - Video)"

  1. fran marchi says:

    how can anyone do something like that to an innocent being !!!?? i will NEVER understand that kind of people !! they make me sick.....

  2. who was the devil that had done such an inhumane thing

  3. Anonymous says:

    Find the perp and send him to prison...if it was up to me, something far more permanent than prison would be done to him.

  4. Ruth says:

    So distressing to even think about this and I could not bring myself to watch the video. I love animals more than people and they should be respected, kept well and happy. The pain he must have suffered is beyond belief. The person responsible for such a heinous crime will be punished. He is creating his own karma. I believe that. I just wish we could protect more animals. Bless you people for helping. I greatly admire and respect your work in such painful circumstances :(

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mayy we do the same to the person/people who did this .

  6. Anonymous says:

    OMG how could some one do this to a horse the poor wee thing thank god for the vets they're doing a wonderful job Get Well Soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. Anonymous says:

    I hope they get the idiot that did such a horrible thing. They deserve more than a slap on the hand. It's premeditated muder, the poor thing just happened to survive.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I don't understand why anyone would do this???? You say he is recovering well, this is good but then you say he is going home????? Is it safe for him there since that is where this horrible act happened????

  9. Anonymous says:

    omg that was awful.i can't believe someone would do something like that to a poor horse.i hope that that perp will go to prison.get well soon northstar!

  10. Laura Finch says:

    The Person that did this is called "Satan Spawn" Bottom Line ! Do the same to the person I say !

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  12. Anonymous says:

    I will NEVER understand why people hurt innocent animals...I pray the person that did this has been caught and punished to the fullest extent.

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