UPDATE: 22 JULY 2019
Sadly we couldn’t save Phoenix.
This gorgeous ex blood donor horse who was rescued from the sales by a young girl then surrendered to us had way to many issues and sadly we just couldn’t fix them.
He had sustained an injury to his pelvis at some point which had never fully healed causing complete muscle atrophy and severe weakness making it difficult for him to walk without collapsing. His entire hind end is filled with arthritis and sadly he has a grade 4 heart murmur. He chokes on everything he eats no matter how wet and sloppy which means he just doesn’t want to eat at all. This poor horse was a painful mess and the kindest thing for him was to be euthanised.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking when we get a horse that we can not fix but we will never prolong a horses suffering and in the end, letting them go is that one final act of rescue we get to do for them.
14th of July this beautiful big Standy found his way into care with us.
He was rescued by a young girl from the Laidley sales but was then surrendered to us for personal reasons.
This gorgeous big fella was a plasma (blood) donor horse and from his Hendra records his name was Cole29. He has the brand 29 on his shoulder!
This horse isn’t the first blood donor horse I have rescued over the years - two were saved from the knackery after being sold through Laidley sales back in 2014. Standies tend to be the horse of choice for plasma donation horses as well as embryo transfer mares.
He spent his life saving the lives of sick horses especially sick foals therefore in my opinion he deserves a grand retirement in a loving home!
This fella is meant to be about 15 years old but I haven’t traced his brand yet (I’ll have to clip his neck to see the symbols)
I’ve named this beautiful boy Phoenix which has a spiritual and symbolic meaning.
A Phoenix represents transformation, death, and rebirth in its fire. As a powerful spiritual totem, the phoenix is the ultimate symbol of strength and renewal. As both a fire and solar symbol, the phoenix animal guide is symbolic of the sun, which “dies” in setting each night only to be reborn in rising the next morning..
I think it’s fitting for him and his journey into the next phase of his life here with us.
Welcome to paradise beautiful Phoenix