"Phoenix"

"Phoenix"

"Phoenix"

July 10, 1998

On June 20, I (Roseann) went to the feedlot to look at the *Muscat granddaughter. Another AHRN worker-bee, Trish was there as well. As we were talking around the pens, almost simultaneously we saw a black bay arab gelding who looked as if he'd been through some terrible times. His toes were very very long, his mane and tail hadn't been bathed and brushed for months, but worst of all were the scars. His back was covered in wounds and scars and what appeared to be a whip mark.

"Phoenix"

He was brought in, according to the killer buyer, by several charros who said he no longer ran. This could only mean one thing -- and the location of the scars verified it for me -- he had been used in the horse-tripping event of the Charreada -- Mexican Rodeo. It is illegal here in California, but so is murder, and people continue to commit the acts.

For anyone who isn't familiar with this barbaric rodeo event, horsetripping is exactly what it sounds like. A horse is set free in a high-walled pen and made to run, a charro on horseback then demonstrates his roping prowess by lassoing the animal around the front or back legs -- pulls the rope taut as the horse is in motion -- when the rope runs out the animals is then tripped -- falling violently to the ground. The crowd cheers!!!

"Phoenix"

That following week I thought of him -- constantly. I told the horsetrader to hold him -- he agreed to do so, even though this gelding was one of the ones that was going to slaughter that week. In addition to the scars on his back, both of his lower hind legs showed the scars and wear from ropes tightening as he ran out of room.

He would not let us near him -- and we didn't pursue it. Tight, flared nostrils and wide-eyed, this obvious youngster had had enough of humans.

The following week, along with the *Muscat girl and the little black filly, we brought him home -- we named him Phoenix. He has been here one week and all he has to do for now is eat, drink, and relax. When the vet came out and entered his stall his fear of men was obvious, but he will allow me to enter his stall and scratch him while he eats.

Phoenix is safe now -- he will remain here until we know more about him.

"Phoenix"

Update 8/22/98: Here are some newer pictures of Phoenix (above and below).  This incredibly lovely horse is beginning to come around ...

"Phoenix"

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