Happy Holidays from Phoenix and AHRN!

Phoenix

These newest photos of Phoenix were taken December 13, 1998, after Tiffany (mom to AHRN rescue girl, Sweet Khemoshah) and RoseAnn gave him a good grooming and roached his mane which was long, short, and rubbed off.

Phoenix

"I have started working him in the roundpen, " says RoseAnn, "but have called in a woman who teaches Parelli methods, and who helped me with Calricia's friend, Libby. Phoenix thinks everything has to be done in a total frenzy, and works himself into a lather in five minutes. Some days he will give me a lovely soft trot and even walk a few laps -- this is my goal for him on a daily basis."

Phoenix

Phoenix

"On a one-to-one basis he has become very sweet and willing. However, you must always keep in mind with him that if something frightens him he could run you down--his flight instinct is so deeply imbedded he doesn't even think about another being in his midst. The first time the farrier came out several months ago we had to tranquilize him -- last time we just had his front feet done. Recently we were able to trim all four feet -- I was so proud of him."

Phoenix

As you can see he has put on weight, and hopefully when he sheds out this spring the scars will be gone. The scars on his lower leg will always be there.

Phoenix

Phoenix has touched a lot of hearts with his story. Here are a few words that were shared by AHRN volunteer Tiffany, and "mom" to Sweet Khemoshah:

"The first day I went to Roseann's to see my new rescued horse Khemoshah, I met all the characters that live there. Arthur made me laugh, and Merlin took my breath away, but it was Phoenix that touched my heart in a special way. I had seen his disturbing pictures and read his sad, horrifying story on the web page. I had always wondered how people could do this, and seeing what a lovely soul Phoenix had made me wonder even more.

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Phoenix and his friend, Tiffany

Each time I visit I spend some time with Phoenix to see how he is and marvel at the capacity his heart has, to be able to love and trust humans again. He tries so desperately hard to be brave and open to love. The last time I was there he grabbed my shirt through the corral just to say hello. Well, after riding another horse for a bit, Roseann and I thought, let's work with Phoenix.

We got him used to a saddle pad and gently rubbed him all over and set it on his back. Bravely, he stood and let us put on a surcingle. Roseann walked in the house, and I (not knowing she had never tried this) rested my weight on his back, tightened the surcingle and praised him to the moon. Roseann was so thrilled to see her boy blossoming and trusting us. We groomed him and trimmed his mane and made him look every inch the proud Arabian boy that he is. We took photos so the world can see what love can do to a horse that had been so abused that he would have gladly taken that ride to a Texas slaughterhouse. He ran around at liberty in the sunshine, and made me thankful to have had a hand in supporting the AHRN."

Phoenix

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