We lost our little horse George today, from colic. It happens to horses, but he started colicing yesterday at six o’clock and we were hoping we could get him through it. The vet came out, they took him to the hospital and everything but they said there was nothing- we did everything we could but there was nothing they could do. They brought him over to the equine clinic as quickly as they could in the early morning and he never, he never came- he died. Don’t know exactly what happened, I know that the vet was called and did the tests and then it was sent to the clinic. He somehow had something terribly wrong in his intestinal tract. What was really sad about it was that this little horse, this little stallion, was a real star. He loved going in the ring. He did his job every day. He was very proud of himself. It’s really awful to lose an animal like that.
It’s like part of the family. I mean, it was really hard going the whole day, knowing what had happened, having to do the shows and hearing the music, having to act all happy, like everything’s okay. It’s an old cliche that the show must go on but it’s about making the audience feel good about themselves, bringing joy, bringing wonder, bringing magic into their lives, and George was one of the ways we did that. We were sad to lose him but we must go on. How we move forward for the act is yet unknown. It is just a matter of finding the best replacement. They are going to look for another little horse, and they know one that’s trained to have them in the show until we know what the next step is. Right now it’s just missing George.
-from the PBS documentary, Circus, directed by Maro Chermayeff and Jeff Dupre