How a Horse Saved His Life with Painting

This horse's use of a paintbrush saved his life.


If you’re an avid horse racing fan you may remember Metro Meteor; he went on to win near $300,000 in winning purses participating in notable races like the Belmont and Saratoga. He was born with a knee condition that resulted in him having to have multiple surgeries to remove bone chips from his knees. Eventually, his knee problems became too much to where track veterinarians wouldn’t clear him to race. Along came Ron and Wendy Krajewski. They adopted Meteor looking for a horse that Wendy could ride on trails only to discover his knee issues and being told that Meteor had no longer than two years left to live.

Credit: Jeffrey B. Roth/Reuters/Landov
Credit: Jeffrey B. Roth/Reuters/Landov

Ron noticed that Meteor liked to bob his head up and down to get attention, and Ron being a hobby artist, began training Meteor on how to paint. Meteor first learned to put his nose to the canvas for treats and then later to hold a paintbrush. Ron soon decided that Meteor’s works were good enough to sell. The eventual media spotlights led to a waiting list for Meteor’s works and with the money raised from selling his artwork Ron and Wendy were able to afford an experimental treatment to apply the drug Tildren directly to Meteor’s knees. The Tildren led to bone growth reduction, extending Meteor’s life significantly. Meteor is now living healthily and happily painting his days away.

h/t: BBC


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