Redwings Horse Sanctuary's new star Phoenix shows he has it all wrapped up
A foal recovering at a Hapton-based horse sanctuary after suffering horrific burns in a suspected arson attack has become an online star due to the designs of his full body wraps.
Phoenix, a 15-week-old colt, arrived at Redwings Horse Sanctuary in August having received emergency care at Lingfield Equine Vets after being found on a roadside in Kent.
The foal had burns across one whole side of his body, leaving him with incredibly painful wounds and without much of his hair and mane.
Nic de Brauwere, Redwings’ head of welfare and behaviour, said: “It’s heart-breaking that anyone would target any animal, but particularly such an innocent foal with such a barbaric act of cruelty.
“Luckily, he ended up at Lingfield who have given him every chance to survive.
“Phoenix’s condition was touch and go for a few days, but he started to respond to treatment.
“It was clear he would need to be somewhere that could provide long-term intensive care, as well as a new permanent home, so we were only too happy to help.”
Redwings funded the foal’s treatment before he was well enough to be moved to Hapton, where staff provided him with around-the-clock care and milk feeds in the ICU stables.
A weekly blog on his progress and Phoenix’s inspired bandage designs have caught the public’s eye.
The wraps, which have to be changed every one to two days and take around two hours to apply, have ranged from colourful rainbows, a Harry Potter’s marauder’s map and stripes of a tiger.
Nicola Knight, head of communications and campaigns, said it helped to lift spirits.
She said: “Their colourful designs have really helped to put a smile on everyone’s faces through what has been a very intense and busy time for our vet team.
“Within the first week of his arrival, supporters had given almost £20,000 – in fact, we are still adding up as more and more donations continue to come in
“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has made a donation, which has ensured we have been able to give Phoenix the treatment he desperately needed.”
Described as an affectionate pony, Phoenix loves cuddles from his carers and the support of his foster mum, a horse called Mildred.
Senior veterinary surgeon Nicky Jarvis added: “Phoenix still has a long way to go. While his condition is stable, he is certainly not out of the woods yet – but happily he is eating and drinking well, he appears alert and is super-friendly despite his ordeal. We’re keeping all our fingers crossed for him.”