by TOM HASSLINGER

Good Samaritans have offered to help the young horse owner by paying his vet bills, giving him money, even to replacing his horse.

“It’s kind of hard,” Aaron said Tuesday, the day an article on his sick horse Scamper ran in The Coeur d’Alene Press. “It’s all overwhelming. I’m not sure what we’ll do.”

Aaron’s story described how the 15-year-old built a pole barn on his family property in Twin Lakes to house the horse of his dreams, Scamper, an animal he bought with his hard-earned money doing odd jobs.

Shortly after purchasing Scamper for $850, Aaron learned the horse had hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, a muscle disease caused by a genetic defect.

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