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Foxy (Registered name: Max’s Foxy Hotrod)

June 30, 1998 – October 3, 2023

Today, we said goodbye to our sweet Foxy.

After many months of trying everything imaginable to overcome the complications of Navicular Syndrome, we chose this beautiful early autumn day to send our beautiful Foxy to the Rainbow Bridge.

Navicular syndrome is a chronic degenerative condition that can cause lameness in the front legs. In thoughtful consultation with our veterinarian, we decided the kindest thing we could do would be to let her go. These types of decisions are never made lightly, and we do everything humanly possible for our beloved herd. Foxy’s persistent lameness left her vulnerable. Horses are so good at hiding their pain and Foxy’s sweet nature never wavered.

Foxy came to CTR in April 2016 with her best friend, Buttons. Her owner had recently closed her equine assisted services organization and thought that they would both be great for the work we do. After a very long day of driving up and down the mountains of Pennsylvania, Foxy and Buttons became the newest residents at our farm.

Foxy was able to start working right away, though it took her awhile to figure out the schedule. She whinnied constantly and very loudly any time she went into the indoor arena. Many of our riders asked why she was “screaming”. Once she realized that the herd was all still nearby, she was fine.

Foxy was a terrific adaptive horse. She would stand still for as long as needed at the mounting ramp. She carefully packed around her riders and was a steady and reliable mount. She didn’t even seem to mind when we dressed her up for Halloween!

She was always so kind to her herd mates. Over the years, she had been paired with different horses as we sometimes must shuffle pasture assignments. No matter which pastures she was in, she was always “home”.

Foxy was our “go to girl” for our riders. She was kind, gentle, steady, and reliable. She was everything we could possibly want a horse to be. She leaves a legacy here at CTR. It’s hard to accept that she is no longer here with us.

Run free, Foxy. You always gave your best. We will always love you, girl.

“My troubles are all over, and I am at home; and often before I am quite awake, I fancy I am still in the orchard at Birtwick, standing with my friends under the apple trees.”
― Anna Sewell, Black Beauty


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