Raised by a veterinarian and self-taught William K., Jim K. (Jim Key) was the most educated horse of his time; he could read, to make words with the cards, knew the Scripture, knew how to count to thirty, to determine the days of the week, use the cash register and a telephone, sort mail, and even participate in political debates — all IDisposable made his horse Jim Hippodrome is much more valuable than any fighter of the time.
Together with his teacher, Dr. Kay, former slave, Civil war veteran, horse Whisperer, entrepreneur, Jim became a star number one in the country and gave rise to the movement for animal welfare; the slogan — "Be kind to animals" — has resonated across the country.
Educator Jim, an African American, William Kay, was a slave — he was born in 1833 in what was then the slave state of Tennessee, United States. Even as a child he showed a great ability to understand horses and communicate with them using only affection and patience, without resorting to violence. The owner of the William, seeing the unusual abilities of the child, gave his slave a good education; it is through this education William was able to achieve success as an entrepreneur and veterinarian. William was a veteran of many battles of the Civil war, after the war he went back to his city Shelbyville. He was playing poker, which allowed him to amass a large amount; back in Shelbyville, he bought with the money two and a half acres of land of their slave-owner. William always remembered the good that did him, his host and his sons — richer, he was financially supported by the sons of its owner after his death.
Buying the land, William Kay organized a veterinary practice, a horse hospital, as well as hotel and restaurant. A large part of his fortune Dr. Kay earned by selling the drug of his own invention — a miracle ointment "Keystone Liniment" whose effectiveness was demonstrated by organizing mobile medical presentation. He was married four times, all his wives were very beautiful, and intelligent women. His third wife, Lucinda Davis Kay, received a scientific medical degree at the Howard University (Howard University).She was one of the first black women who had received permission to practice medicine in Tennessee. In any marriage with William was not their own children.
William was already 56 years old when his farm long-awaited foal was born, who the doctor had high hopes. William had planned to get the horse prominent razvodnyh abilities from his beloved purebred Arabian Mare Loretta (Lauretta) and stallion Tennessee Volunteer (Tennessee Voluntee), descendant of the great radionuclidecontaminated breed Hambletonian. Loretta has ourebia red-Bay foal in 1889, but was unsuccessful foaling, the Mare was killed and her foal was born very weak and clumsy.
Initially, the William K. was planning to give the foal a nice name, biblical prophet, but this "ugly duckling" was so terrible that he called it a Jim - as a local resident, always staggering from drunkenness. But to the foal wasn't hurt, he gave him his name. Since Loretta died, and her orphaned foal constantly hysterically screaming in the stables, William took the orphan into the house and started to treat drugs of their own making. With such care gradually the terrible and awkward colt into a beautiful Bay horse. Jim began to help William in his mobile medical performances and proved himself as a fine actor — he portrayed the lame horse that barely moved. Dr. K. treated him with his ointment "Keystone Liniment", then the horse is immediately "recovered". That's when William decided to teach the horse the alphabet — he decided that if the horse is able to learn the letter "a", it means that she is able to learn the entire alphabet.
Seven long years the doctor has spent training the horse reading, making words from the cards, mathematics. In his work, the doctor used only kindness, patience and encouragement. Later William was taught to Dilapidate time, days of the week, identify the flags of different countries, to look for hidden objects. William began to show on the performances of Jim demonstrating his unique abilities. The pair quickly became known, people throughout the country went to their presentation, providing a huge gathering. Show amazing horse has become incredibly popular. Ability Jim researched by numerous experts; the scientific Committee was provedennogo experiments, tests, collected eyewitness accounts — as a result of comprehensive research was made a decision that the abilities of the horse are not the result of normal training, deception or hypnosis, and are the result of education.
In 1897, Tennessee show in Nashville at the age of 8 years, Jim made his debut with the number of "Educated horse" and earned the highest praise of President William McKinley said that Jim is the most outstanding example of the power of kindness that he had ever seen. Numerous newspaper headlines have attracted the attention of the new York philanthropist albert R. Rogers, he wanted to redeem Jim. William Kay didn't want to sell a unique horse, but Rogers was persistent, and the parties came to an agreement beneficial to all: Rogers paid a huge sum of $ 10,000 for Jim, but Dr. Kay is in any case remained the tutor of the horse.
Thus, Rogers formally became the owner of the horses, organizing the show at the best venues and sponsoring travel for the horse unloveable and residence has not changed, Dr. Kay continued to teach the horse. Rogers decided to transfer two Keev in new York for the presentation of the show in high society and present them to the humane Society. For the posters name Jim steel, can — "beautiful Jim Key". All three of them moved to the manor Rogers in new Jersey. Later legend was renamed the estate "Second home horse millionaire", and the name of the Handsome Jim Kay became known to everyone. Jim lived in a luxurious stable, he was the personal groom and grooms (Stanley Davis and Samuel Davis), and even personal bodyguard dog Monk (Monk). Monk often sat in back of Jim, if necessary, protecting it from annoying reporters and enthusiastic fans. Jim brought the hay and oats of the highest quality, water for him specially cleansed, additionally, the horse received gifts, letters and tributes from all over the country from fans. Children wrote enthusiastic letters to Jim, promising to always be kind to animals. George T. Angell, head of the Massachusetts society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, after seeing the performances of horse proclaimed Handsome Jim Kay the living embodiment of the movement for humanism. His opinion was published in the magazine "Time", here is a quote from his interview: "This wonderful horse has denied all the theory that animals have only instincts, and do not know how to think and reason".
Jim has performed at the best venues, theaters and music halls in the country. In 1904, at the exhibition in St. Louis, he spoke to the daughter of then-President Teddy Roosevelt, Alice. When Jim was asked to write her name, he added to the name of Alice Roosevelt, the name of her companion — Nicholas Longworth, writing on the Board, "Alice Roosevelt Longworth". When, two years later, Alice married Nicholas, Jim also proclaimed horse psychic.
After the dizzying success of the season in 1906, William and Jim Kay returned to Shelbyville, as Jim began rheumatic fever. William wanted to continue playing a year later, after the horse recovered. Three years later William died at the age of 76 years old, attended his funeral a huge number of grieving people. And in 1912, at the age of 23 years, in a cold autumn day, fell, and Jim Kay.
...And a century later, the debate continues whether the horse can do what you did Jim. But the fact remains — the horse Jim Key could change the world. Two million children in America signed a petition to Jim Kay — "I promise to always be kind to animals and other sentient creatures." William and Jim demonstrated to the world how much can be achieved only by kindness and affection.