Danny, 30, survives New York impaling accident

Danny before the stick was removed from his forehead.
Danny before the stick was removed from his forehead.

Danny is being called the miracle “unicorn horse” following a serious head injury, and thousands of supporters have rallied to follow him on Facebook.

Danny, 30, was found in his stable in New York state last Thursday with a piece of wood lodged in his skull.

Veterinarians aren’t entirely sure how the 9-inch piece of wood ended up in Danny’s head, crushing his frontal bone. However, it is likely he was spooked and suffered the impaling injury, possibly while getting up quickly.

Danny was taken from his Hudson Valley farm for urgent veterinary care and the wood was removed the following day.

X-rays at Rhinebeck Equine showed the wood had entered a pathway to his oral cavity, hence missing his brain.

The surgeons also removed several pieces of bone, leaving Danny with a hole in his head that will take several months to heal.

Luckily for Danny, the stick missed his eyes and brain.

His owner, Tommasina Ashley, 42, told local media she was proud of her brave horse, who is already reverting to his normal behaviors as he begins the long road to recovery.

There is no doubt that Danny is one tough trooper. Eighteen months ago he survived emergency colic surgery which revealed a four-pound tumour around his intestines.

A Facebook page dedicated to Danny’s recovery, entitled Danny the Miracle Unicorn horse, already has nearly 4500 followers at the time of writing.


2 thoughts on “Danny, 30, survives New York impaling accident

  • July 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    AMAZING!! Hope Danny has many more good years and no more amazing stories to add to his history. Recover fully and quickly, Danny!

  • October 29, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Honey is a great healer, if you can keep it where it is needed. Good luck, Danny !


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