Horses

The Foxie G Foundation typically cares for approximately 100 horses at any given time. Horses under our care come from various sources including kill pens, directly from the racetrack, animal control due to neglect or abuse cases and owner give-ups. They can vary greatly in their ages and body conditions. Upon arrival, all horses are evaluated, provided with proper veterinary care if needed, given time to just be a horse or have their injuries heal.

Our goal is to find every horse possible a forever home through our adoption program. Horses who are not suitable candidates for adoption due to past injuries, behavioral issues or age, are placed in our sanctuary program.

Visitors are welcome to tour the farm and meet our horses, but we ask that you please make an appointment before you visit.

Adopt a Horse

Horses coming into our adoption program are extensively evaluated on the ground and under tack before being placed up for adoption. Horses are also evaluated to determine the level of rider or handler needed and the best new career options based on the horse’s natural ability or physical limitations.

Though ideally we are searching for forever homes for our “kids”, any horse adopted out by The Foxie G Foundation, can return to our farm at any time, for any reason.

We have over 12 horses ready to find their forever home with many more currently being evaluated. Please contact Laurie at 301-667-2553 to set up a time to meet our horses.

Ready to adopt? Complete and email the horse adoption contract to whinnywhiskers@thefoxiegfoundation.org. We do require a minimum of one farm visit to meet and work with the horse you are interested in adopting.

Pictured Above: Dominic’s Back was just 3 years old when Foxie G rescued him from a kill pen and certain death in a Mexican slaughter plant. Once safely in quarantine and under veterinary care, it was determined that a serious head injury was a possible bullet wound. We do not know what Dominic endured in his short life before he came to us but it never affected his sweet nature. He was fortunate to have caught the eye of his future adopter who drove an hour each way to visit him on weekends while he recovered. Dominic was officially adopted and now lives a life full of love and attention.  He even took part in his new Mom’s wedding last fall.

Rehabilitation

Horses arriving at Foxie G that have suffered an injury while at the racetrack, are recovering from a neglect or abuse case or have a poor body condition are placed in our rehabilitation program. The rehabilitation process can vary greatly and is tailored to meet each horse’s needs with the assistance of our veterinarian and farrier. After the horse has recovered fully and has been cleared by our veterinarian, he or she is then evaluated for our adoption program.

Pictured Above: Bettin On MJ started 67 times over his racing career of 7 years, earning $386,206. He was ranked 9th in the country in 2007 for number of wins, winning 8 times in 12 starts.  Eventually racing took a toll on his body and he dropped into lower level races.  His last start was on 10/09/2011. A well intended person tried to retire him, but his body condition rapidly declined and animal control became involved. We were contacted by animal control regarding MJ in early 2013 and he came to Foxie G shortly thereafter. Our veterinarian determined that MJ should never be ridden again due to severe arthritis in both front ankles and we were uncertain that he could even live a quality life as a sanctuary horse.  MJ displayed the tenacity that made him such a good racehorse and slowly worked his way through the pain of his damaged ankles. Today he lives a pampered life in our sanctuary program with his companion Banjo.

Our Horse Sanctuary

Horses that are not viable candidates for adoption are placed in our sanctuary program and reside with us permanently. Permanent retirees include Private Slip, 25 year old multiple stakes winner and Maryland Million winner of $607,628, Not For Silver, 13 years old who was a graded stakes winning gelding of $303,870 and Valley Parking, a hard trying 21 year old mare who earned $208,964 in 44 starts. But they don’t need to be stakes winners or winners at all to be in our program.

To help offset the expenses incurred when caring for a horse over the duration of his or her life, we are always in need of sponsors for our sanctuary horses. This is a wonderful option for those that can’t adopt but would like to help support the horses under our care. Since horses can live into their late 20s and sometimes even 30s, having horses sponsored allows us to continue to help others in need.

Pictured Above: Oops the Red, aka Big Red, was a stakes winning racehorse and then went on to be trained as an open jumper after he retired. At 16, he was found in a kill pen, injured and defeated. Big Red was 15 minutes from shipping to a Mexican slaughter plant. We were able to rescue him, but after his ordeal he was not able to be ridden any longer. Red now spends his days peacefully living here at Foxie G in our sanctuary.