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‘She was so close to death’: Horse forced to ride down highway in 2020 now in recovery

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 3:19 PM CDT
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CHICAGO (WLS) - The man known as the ‘Dread Head Cowboy’ gained national attention by riding his horse during protests after the 2020 killing of George Floyd.

But an 8-mile-long ride landed the infamous cowboy behind bars and nearly ended the horse’s life, officials say.

That horse is now getting attention and care from an Illinois horse farm.

Jim Larson, the owner of Forest View Farms, says the 20-year-old black-and-white-painted horse, called Nunu, has a bit of an ego and loves getting attention.

“She’s very comfortable and boy, couldn’t get enough care,” Larson said. “Everyone and their brother and sister, that’s their pet.”

The horse’s condition is a big deal now because when she first arrived at the farm, she required 24-hour care for weeks.

“I mean, she was so close to death,” Larson said. “It was wrenching, really, because this horse was really in sad shape.”

Nunu was ridden for eight miles on the Dan Ryan Expressway for a political stunt by Adam Hollingsworth two years ago.

Hollingsworth would plead guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals and was sentenced to a year in jail. He also relinquished custody of Nunu.

“She was cold and clammy, couldn’t get up,” Terry Wenninger, the Forest View Farm facilities manager, said. “My first thought was to call the vet because I don’t even know if she was going to stay up in the trailer.”

Forest View Farms formally took possession of Nunu earlier this year.

“Remarkable, what’s happened,” Larson said. “But she’s come back pretty gosh darn good.”

Nunu still has some stiffness in her back legs, but her owners say she is moving well.

“I love her. She’s a good girl,” Wenninger said. “To trust people as much as she does after everything she went through it amazes me.”

With all the rehabilitation, rest and care, it is possible Nunu could be ridden. But most likely, the rest of her days will be filled with gentle walks with friends and visitors.

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