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My Horse and Eight Others Die in Tragic Barn Fire
 By Set Free   •   1st Jun 2013   •   4,341 views   •   24 comments
My Horse and Eight Others Die in Tragic Barn FireMy horse Phoenix was a barrel horse I got from Fallon Taylor. My story with my pride and joy came to a close on April 26, 2013. The day before was a beautiful day and it was warm enough that I didn't even have to wear a jacket. The sun was shinning strong and little did I know that was the last day I would ever see my beloved horse Phoenix. My last day with Phoenix was a typical and uneventful day. I did all the chores in the morning and then turned all the horses out except for Phoenix. I didn't want Phoenix in his pasture that afternoon due to some maintenance required on the fence.

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I came back in the evening to do chores and help my younger nephew clean his ponies stall, then I helped him prepare for a show Saturday. It was going to be my nephews first time showing and we were both excited. After helping my nephew Phoenix was begging to have something done with him since he was still couped up in the barn. I lounged him around for a while and then turned him out in his pasture behind the barn that had the needed repairs completed. I then completed my chores and prepared Phoenix for the night in the stall. Before leaving I kissed him goodbye and told him good night, little did I know that goodbye was going to be the last.

I went to bed around midnight and shortly afterwards my Mom came rushing in to my room and told me the barn was on fire!

We rushed to the barn hoping it was not to bad, but when we drove closer we could see the black smoke and an orange glow in the distance. I didn't even need to see the barn to know he was gone. The fire department was not there yet and the arena and barn where Phoenix was located was completely covered in fire!

My Horse and Eight Others Die in Tragic Barn Fire

I cried the entire night and didn't leave the scene until the fire was out. None of the nine horses in the barn, including a 3 week old foal were saved. I miss Phoenix so bad. He was in top form and the prime of his life at five years old. He was my first horse and I had big plans to show him this year.

Phoenix will always be in my heart, we had a strong bond that continues to this day. Even though he is gone, I sometimes feel his presence. He really did live up to his name Phoenix Rising.
My Horse and Eight Others Die in Tragic Barn Fire
My Horse and Eight Others Die in Tragic Barn Fire
My Horse and Eight Others Die in Tragic Barn Fire
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Arabesque International  
Oh my gosh, I am so sorry D:
  45 days ago  •  4,581 views
 
Unbridled Sakia  
I don't think I would have survived. I would have just died. Right there.
  45 days ago  •  4,870 views
 
Cruisin Past Curfew  
That is tragic! I'm so sorry for your loss!
  45 days ago  •  4,586 views
 
EchoValley Extra  
I'm soo sorry to hear about this! I still remember when you got Phoenix... :(
  45 days ago  •  4,438 views
 
Foxchase Farm  
I'm so sorry...he was beautiful. That must have been very hard to go through. My thoughts are with you and Phoenix!
  45 days ago  •  4,565 views
 
IggyPogo  
Oh, no. He was gorgeous! That's everyone's worst nightmare and you had it. *virtual hug* I'm sorry for your loss.
  45 days ago  •  4,309 views
 
Set Free  
Thank you everyone it is the worst thing I could have ever thought would happen when I saw the fire and knew he was in there it hurt so bad all I could think about was how could he really be gone we were only together for a year and a half and I waited my whole life to finally get him only for him to be taken away from me. We were so close I could hardly go with out seeing at leat one feeding and the only time I missed those was that I was sick. I really don't know how I am getting by with it all but I am :(
  45 days ago  •  4,560 views
 
OklahomaBlessing  
I am sdo sorry. :(
  45 days ago  •  4,538 views
 
Mace4u2002  
so sorry to hear that:(
  44 days ago  •  4,536 views
 
Kaori  
Oh gosh, I'm crying for you! So sorry *hugs*
  44 days ago  •  4,447 views
 
The Fallen  
Oh my gosh!

So so sorry he sounds like an AMAZING horse though )
Praying for you and your family x
  44 days ago  •  4,342 views
 
Polo the Weirdo  MOD 
So sorry for your loss. This is so tragic, I don't have words. Deepest condolences to you and all involved.
  44 days ago  •  4,452 views
 
Just A Rainbow Seaweed  
Oh no. I am so sorry for your loss.
  44 days ago  •  4,992 views
 
PonyBox  MOD 
Sorry to hear this happened. Wishing you the best going forward.
  44 days ago  •  5,691 views
 
Deep as Rhubarb  
Oh my God. You must be devastated. I'm so, so sorry. *hugs*
  44 days ago  •  4,332 views
 
Saferaphus  
How heartbreaking. I'm so very, very sorry.
  44 days ago  •  5,093 views
 
Cowzers  
I am so incredibly sorry for your loss, words can't even begin to describe. May they all rest in peace and wishing you all the best moving forward. < 3
  44 days ago  •  4,448 views
 
Copper711  
Iam VERY sorry for your lost, and I hope it wil never happen again. He looked like a stunning friendly horse.
  44 days ago  •  4,876 views
 
toffeepayaskye  
Sorry for lost he was and still is beautiful if u ever need to talk I'm hear so sorry :)
  39 days ago  •  4,106 views
 
Dare To Dream  
Aww. That was the day after my birthday your barn burnt down! I am so sorry, if you ever need to vent or talk about it im hear for you, hun!
  39 days ago  •  3,815 views
 
Gunnar  
Oh my I cannot imagine what you must be going through! I remember reading about when you first got Pheonix and thinking how great it was that you finally got the horse of your dreams and were so happy. I cry when I fine even a cut on my horse so I have no idea what I would do if I lost a horse in such a tragic way. You are in my thoughts ands I hope you don't give up on horses. Its amazing what horses can do to heal emotional wounds and help fill the hole in your broken heart.
  38 days ago  •  3,823 views
 
Ta Cookie Monster  
i am so sorry? i am here for you. i cannot imagine your pain. im sorry. :(
  29 days ago  •  4,510 views
 
Paint A Scene  
oh, my i am so so sorry for your loss and the other people's losses!:(
i cant imagine what you are going through. i am sending prayers to you and your family!
  26 days ago  •  3,893 views
 
MississippiEtch  
Omg! That is so sad! I'm so sorry!
  19 days ago  •  3,841 views
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