When I first moved to my farm in 1998, I only had my horse, Silhouette. Given that Foxwood had nearly 25 acres, I decided that Silhouette would need a friend or 2 and so, upon moving onto the property, I started to take on retired boarders. Not only would they help keep my horse (and soon to be, horses;) company, but they would also help will some of the costs associated with keeping horses, such as hay, etc. As the years passed by, my “geriatric” group grew from one or two retirees to, at one point, 11 out of the 13 horses that were here.
These horses ALL become a part of our Foxwood Family. Many of them have been show horses, or riding companions, and we have also had the privilege of boarding several retired school horses who worked very hard in busy lesson barns. Each and every one of them has deserved the time to come to Foxwood to retire; eating green grass in the summer, being a part of a horse herd, yet, still being loved and cared for.
This past Monday, we welcomed a new retiree to Foxwood! His name is Sam (aka Boston Clipper) and we are just thrilled that he has joined us! A little something sent to me from Sam’s “mom”, Melanie:
“April 2017 marked 20 years of Sam being in my life. He was my first horse and my first true love. He has been a part of my life for every major milestone; graduating University, starting new jobs, meeting and marrying my husband John and the birth of my three children.
Sam and I enjoyed a lot of success in the hunter and equitation ring on the A circuit and competed together at the Royal Winter Fair five times, but my best memories are times spent at the barn grazing and brushing him.
Seven years ago John and I decided to leave city living and bought a horse farm so we could keep Sam close and every day I woke up to see him in his paddock. We recently sold our farm and I knew exactly where I wanted Sam to live. I have know Robyn probably as long as I have had Sam and always envisioned him retiring at her farm. As Sam is 28 years of age I was nervous how he would handle the change but seeing him get off the trailer and all the other happy horses come to greet him made me know I had made the right choice.
I know I won’t have Sam in my life forever but I am so grateful to know at Foxwood he has found his forever home.”
I truly admire the owners, like Melanie, who are able to make “golden years” possible for their retired horses as they truly do deserve to live out their days in comfort and in peace. And when the time comes for our older horses to pass over the Rainbow Bridge, I make sure that I am here for each of them as they have come to trust me and know that I am here for them – I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Until next time,