Shortie Joe was privately purchased in May of 2019. He was originally a $110,000 yearling purchase that did not live up to the high stakes expectations of the original purchaser.
We owned Shortie for about a year. He really grew on our hearts as he was a very loving animal. Unfortunately he faced a tragic end in May of 2020. During the COVID-19 pandemic there were some ignorant people in the barn he was to be placed into. They demanded he not enter the barn for a week after shipping from Florida to Illinois. On the 6th night he had an accident and severed his tendons, the resulting injury also produced a tendon sheath infection. After three weeks of trying to save him we ended up at the University of Illinois clinic. They advised us that euthanasia was the only option for his injuries and he was euthanized on May 1, 2020. Despicable situation caused by idiots.