AWL Sweden will open up their first Hospice, for horses, on November 1th.
This is a dream that has been with us for a long time.
A volunteer with AWL--Maya Landvik, is going to be the supervisor and caretaker of the Hospice. Her knowledge and experience goes many years back to when Mia Mattsson-Mercer first met her 20 years ago. Even then she was working with her rescue horse that had been abused with a hammer, crushing his back. Maya has been working with animals for her whole life and specializes in horses. She is training people to listen more to the animals (horses).
Veterinarian Lucia from her clinic has many skills as a chiropractor and with acupuncture for the animals. She has an enormously wonderful heart and is also opening up a cat home for unwanted cats.(cat-home has nothing to do with AWL)
AWL Horse Hospice will have a separate account from everything else we are doing.
Our first very client is Tequila; born (2006) as a star in Brazil with a big hope for becoming a wining racehorse. He traveled with his team to many places, Dubai, Sweden and many more. He had an accident as a five year old and was put in a box, but never recovered. His spirit was fine but his body was now useless as a Racehorse. Tequila was going to be put down to sleep. A person stepped in to rescue, but a veterinarian demanded that Tequila should be put down since she claimed he also had osteoarthritis in his front legs.
The time was being scheduled but when the owner/rescue lady came home with Tequila and saw him run out in the pasture, full of life, she listens to her gut and canceled the appointment for euthanization. Only later did she find out that this veterinarian is well known for putting down many horses that have a potential to come back in life.
Another very skilled veterinarian was examining T and told that he was not suffering and it was not life threatening with his leg. He could live a "normal" good life.
The rescue lady cannot keep him due to personal matters and heard about Maya’s ability to rehabilitate horses—to become healthy and have some good last years without competition or pressure.
The horse tells us what he wants to do, and we are his servants. Maya met him and saw his enormous aura of life.
Mia Mattsson Mercer have been working with horses since 1997, when younger she had two horses of her own. It was when she had to put one of her horse to sleep she started to question, “when is the right time?”
She has been working with famous horses in Germany 1999-2002 and Swedish Royal horses, and got the honor to have a private meeting with the Royal family's fantastic Arabian horses in Bahrain.