Striking, Strong, Stately
Our Merlin is in his late twenties, almost 30 years old. A Thoroughbred cross, standing just about 17 hands [68 inches from ground to withers (top of shoulder)], Merlin has found safety and serenity at Phoenix Rising since 2005. Here, he is loved.
Merlin has a way about him that has always drawn everyone in, both two-legged and four-legged. His quiet mannerism, depth of soul, and wisdom, hold a very special place on the farm. He is fiercely loyal. For several years, he served as a leader to a small herd who also found themselves seeking peace and love at Phoenix Rising. The protection he offered his herd was beyond what anyone could have imagined.
Now, he spends most of his days grazing with dignity in a private paddock or standing in front of a fan in his stall, allowing the breeze to blow his face and mane – a face and mane that is slowly showing the graying of an elder gentleman. Do not let his quiet nature fool you, though. When you least expect it, Merlin will very intentionally reach over his stall door, open the latch that holds the door secure and let himself out for a walk about and snack. On more than one occasion, he has been found enjoying the farm on his own terms! [We now have three latches on Merlin’s stall door.] Yes, that is our Magnificent Merlin; our magnificent magician!
Merlin is all this and more, even though he suffers from insulin resistance and laminitis. Oh, and did we mention he is blind. His loss of sight was caused by an eye infection left untreated by people prior to his arrival at Phoenix Rising.
Here’s to you, Merlin! Thanks for teaching us all the meaning of love and forgiveness. Thanks to all of the Phoenix Rising supporters who allow us to offer a Safe Haven of Hope to Merlin and other horses like him.