Northstar continues remarkable progress at Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center

Columbus, OH- The plucky seven-year-old American Paint Horse named Northstar, who was doused in an unknown accelerant and set on fire in Crawford County, PA last summer, continues to make great progress towards healing.

Northstar, who became a patient at The Ohio State University's Galbreath Equine Center in August, has undergone a series of skin graft procedures. In December, his doctors considered him healthy enough to get a respite from the hospital routine and cleared him to spend time at a farm outside Columbus. He returned to Ohio State on February 5 for a check-up and additional graft procedures.

"We immediately noticed his attitude, demeanor and comfort were all improved after his stay at the layup facility and he was relaxed and confident," said Northstar's primary veterinarian, Dr. Sam Hurcombe.

They were also impressed with his healing.

"Our first impression when looking at the wounds was amazement. Our measures indicate he is halfway healed when compared to the enormity of the burns when he first came to us," said Dr. Hurcombe, who also reports that the grafts have begun to make new tissue and some are growing hair.

"He will stay with us here for a few more days before heading back to his home away from home for continued care. We are so proud of the effort everyone involved with Northstar's care has given and appreciate the continued support for this special horse."

Good news travels fast, and Northstar is once again enjoying being the center of attention mugging for media.

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