Tower Grove Park carriage horse dies

Jimmy Joe the carriage Clydesdale. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Jimmy Joe the carriage Clydesdale. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Just weeks before a planned retirement party, Jimmy Joe, the famed carriage horse at Tower Grove Park, died Wednesday evening. He was 21.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Clydesdale was ill Wednesday morning and a veterinarian diagnosed the horse as having a colon infection. Jimmy Joe was given antibiotics but the treatment was ineffective and the animal passed away around 9 p.m.

Jimmy Joe had been working at the park since 1999, when the city reinstituted carriage service.

Park officials had already announced Jimmy Joe’s successor, Moonshine, would start working in spring 2017.

The park had secured a nice spot for Jimmy Joe’s golden years: a 7-acre farm in Wildwood. Jimmy Joe’s remains will be cremated, park stable manager Jeff Kinman said.

Jimmy Joe is survived by Sheffield, a 14-year-old Shetland pony that was a companion for the Clydesdale for the last two years.