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Burned Horse 'Northstar' Improving At OSU

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By Denise Yost

A horse that was set on fire is continuing to improve while being treated in Central Ohio.

Northstar, a 6-year-old American Paint Horse was doused in a flammable liquid and deliberately set on fire while grazing in a field in Crawford County, Penn. On Aug. 25.

Northstar sustained first-, second- and third-degree burns to about 40 percent of his body.

Specialists at the Ohio State University have been treating Northstar for the last two weeks.

Doctors said that Northstar's condition is improving, and he is responding very well to the treatment he's receiving at the university's Galbreath Equine Center.

"Northstar is recovering well. It’s truly amazing that every challenge he has faced so far he has overcome," said Dr. Samuel Hurcombe. "We have also seen an improvement in how he moves around. He was previously unable to reach all the way down to the ground because of pain. As of two days ago, he has been able to graze from the ground seemingly with ease and without significant discomfort. Most importantly, Northstar’s personality is so endearing to all who work with him. He still has a wonderful attitude, eats well, enjoys treats whenever he can get them and is so tolerant of all we need to do with him. On a personal note, I am touched by the community support to Northstar and his owners by all who know of his story. This is truly a remarkable horse and the power of positivity cannot be discounted in a case like this."

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