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Phoenix. . .the one we came too late to save.
||Her importance cannot be stressed enough here.
Because our director found her, met her, loved her.
The lives of so many others have been changed- have been saved.
So she lives on in them. . .
A Phoenix - Rising from the ashes, always reborn.
The Tale of Phoenix
She changed everything in 2010.
We rescued this mare from one of the most horrific examples of abuse and neglect I have ever heard of or seen to this day. We fought very hard to save her, but our vet let us know early on that our hopes of survival and recovery for her were basically hopeless. We continued blindly. . .not making the right choice soon enough in our desperation and idealism.
She was locked in a stall for around 5 years - never allowed out, stall never cleaned, only enough food and water to maintain a skeletal frame. She was then taken and tied to a tree, no shelter, and she was then ridden with hooves that curled up and over the fetlocks. She came to us with lacerations across her body: her face from a halter that was too small: her ankle from being tangled on the rope she was tied to for so long when no one would come and help her.
And the day we came for her, in a torrential downpour, where we walked her through a ranging creek several feet deep. . .I was so hopeful.
She taught me many lessons that have served so many horses since her loss.
A mare I could not even name while she was with us, and the mare who was buried with a name that has grown to hold such meaning:
Phoenix. . .
That was the only thing that came to my mind the day we let her go, finally really giving her "rescue," that she was due long before.
Now I see she is not supposed to get the name upon recovery here; she was meant to be the spark that came, inspired beyond measure and assure the lives of so many after her would be rescued.
In turn, she received a name for the life she has in the "beyond," where steps do not hurt, where galloping in field is possible in way she was never allowed to while here.
Even as God says that a sparrow does not fall that he is not with it in Matthew 10:29, surely not a horse goes out of this world that he is not aware of, that he does not care for, that he has not made new provisions for beyond the earth.
So is the Phoenix. Re-born.
Sightly plump, shiny and running to and fro where we cannot see her, but we all know she is there.
Rest in Peace, the only peace you ever knew was after life was over, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010.
Because of her, as of June 2015, Over 200 saved:
Mustang Mare (Iron Gait)
QH mare (Iron Gait)
Rebel, Arab gelding
Winky (Gentle Giants)
Lance (Triple O Eqine)
Black National Show Horse, Sienna
Carson (Lilly Pond Foal Rescue)
Thumper (Lilly Pond Foal Rescue) Dexter
Black TWH mare, blind in one eye
Freedom - QH
Bella and in utero foal
Pocket (rest in peace)
Gelding from CL - Lance
Rocky Mountain Gelding (Dumas)
Arab mare and foal (Dumas)
Paint gelding (Dumas)
Little Donkey (rest in peace)
Molly and in utero foal (EPU)
Ruth (Hope Reins)
Naomi (Hope Reins)
Sparky (Morgan Safenet)
Ariel (rest in peace)
Beauty (belgian cross)
Sawyer (rest in peace)
Ginny elderly donkey (rest in peace)
Misty and in utero foal (Peace for Ponies)
Marlee (Peace for Ponies)
"Absolute Tough Talk"
"A Spot Above"
Relic (rest in peace)
Woody (networked Birch Hill)
Rainer (rest in peace)
Shania (foal place with Raiderhollow Farm)
Reba (foal placed with Raiderhollow Farm)
Ziva(networked to RaiderHollow Farm)
Cami (rest in peace)
Imi (networked to RaiderHollow Farm)
Maizie (networked to RaiderHollow Farm)
Paisley (networked to RaiderHollow Farm)
Chili (rest in peace)
Red (Rest in Peace – Euth on intake)