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BORN:  September 2021

BREED:  Stock Horse

HEIGHT:  Still Growing

GENDER:  Gelding


ARRIVED:  Dec 12, 2021


PAIR BOND:  Trixie & Rocket

LIKES:  Sleeping in the sun, hugs, scratches, bananas

DISLIKES:  Nothing really – he’s a pretty chilled young man


Much of his history is unknown. He was sent to Laidley Horse Sales in Nov ’21 – on his own and labelled as an 8-month-old Stock Horse. Woodford Horse Rescue kept him for 6 weeks before asking if we would take him.

A vet check on arrival to the sanctuary revealed that he was only 3-4 months old – making him only 1-2 months old when sent to the sales.


Phoenix is developing slowly due to his tough start to life, inadequate early nutrition and not being de-wormed before coming to the sanctuary. This may result in some bone issues for him in later life. He is prone to respiratory issues and allergies – probably because his immune system was not supported as a foal.

In his first 12 months he battled through a huge burden of ascarid worms, gastric ulcers, anaemia, respiratory infections and general malaise. With great vet care, appropriate medication, a perfectly balanced diet (made possible by sanctuary sponsor FeedXL) and a crazy amount of love and care from our amazing volunteer team, Phoenix is now a happy and healthy young man bursting with energy and playfulness.