Seized horse finds new home in Roddickton-Bide Arm

Adam Randell
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After the loss of his trusted horse of 14 years, Roddickton-Bide Arm resident Ray Norman was having a rough time. He turned on the news last month and heard the story of undernourished horses being seized by the SPCA and RCMP. One of those horses is now in his care.

St. Anthony - "I was having a really bad day, and a really bad week," Roddickton-Bide Arm resident Ray Norman said as he petted five-year-old Phoenix - a Buckskin crossbreed between a standard breed Clydesdale and a quarter horse.

Norman was having difficulty dealing with the loss of Razz, his trusted steed of 14 years, which was put down last month.

"When she would lift her leg it wouldn't respond properly," he said. "It's known as stifle disease. It's a disease of the nervous system. It can be caused by trauma or a blow, so the veterinarian had to put her down."

But little did Norman know he would soon cross paths with a troubled horse, and the healing process could begin for both.

"I was watching the news one day and I saw the story about the SPCA and the RCMP seizing horses," he said.

The horses had been undernourished when they were taken into the care of the SPCA.

"I felt bad for the horses and wanted to do something to help them," he said. "The timing was good for me, in a sense. Myself and my wife were going through a rough time because of Razz."

He immediately took a shining to the Buckskin on the screen and enquired about adopting the animal.

"The SPCA (did) an investigation into my background and they came back and told me the horse was mine if I still wanted it."

There wasn't much to consider.

Norman jumped in his truck, trailer and all, and headed for Grand Falls-Windsor to pick up the horse.

Upon arrival, Norman said, he could notice a difference in the animal. Through a lot of care Phoenix had regained 80 pounds.

Since picking the horse up a month ago, Norman has been able to add another 80 pounds to the animal's mass.

"He's doing really well now. He's in good shape," he said.

Norman said Phoenix has adjusted well to its new surroundings.

"There was some concern about how it was going to be with the other horses (upon arrival), but he fit in just perfect," he said. "Now he's one of the herd."

When TC Media visited Norman and Phoenix, Norman led the horse out of the barn with a lead-line.

"He's taking his time to get used to us, the same with anybody else," said Norman. "But we are attached to him now and we are really pleased with how he's been doing."

— The Northern Pen

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Phoenix, St. Anthony

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  • Sadie
    January 09, 2013 - 23:02

    I am not surprised...Very typical for Ray..always kind to man & beast alike... God Bless...

  • Wayne
    December 31, 2012 - 12:37

    Right on Ray, you are indeed a good person and God will remember you for this good deed you have done! God bless you and good health.

  • Kay
    December 30, 2012 - 00:51

    It has been said that we can judge the heart of a man by the way he treats animals. Thank you Mr. Norman for your compassion in rescuing this horse...you probably saved a little of yourself in doing so :)

  • Kelly
    December 29, 2012 - 22:04

    I really like how the SPCA is running lately, particularly in the last year. Things are happening and there seems to be great cooperation between the society, the general public and the police. Good to see. Nice story! The kindness of these people to look after this wonderful animal is heartwarming indeed.

  • johnny
    December 29, 2012 - 19:23

    The love of a Newfoundlander and an aminal lover ,God Bless You Both

  • Doris
    December 29, 2012 - 12:48

    It does not surprise me that a Newfoundlander is so compasionate.

  • SLR
    December 29, 2012 - 12:00

    When one door closes, another door opens---what a beautiful story! You are a hero, god bless you and your wife! Happy New Year!

  • Kevin Power
    December 29, 2012 - 10:42

    Great human interest story. Nice to see such a beautiful horse go from a bad situation to a great home.

  • jaydee
    December 29, 2012 - 10:22

    What a touching story. So glad for both of them.

  • Mary
    December 29, 2012 - 08:32

    What a sad story with a very beautiful ending!! God Bless you Mr. Norman, our world is a much better place with people like you in it. Phoenix is in good hands! All the best to you in the new year!

    • Amanda
      December 29, 2012 - 11:43

      What a nice story! Sounds like the horse is in amazing hands now :)