Pony Retirement Party at Foxwood Farm

By Miriam King, QMI Agency

For six and a half years, Echo has been part of Foxwood Farm’s riding stable.

“He has probably taught more than 50 kids to ride,”says Robyn Freer, Foxwood owner. “He’s an awesome little pony.”

But now Echo, who is well over 20 years old, is showing signs of his age, after years of providing rides at horse camps, riding lessons, and pony parties.

He has a condition called “founder,” that causes the laminations of the hoof to become inflamed. It’s a condition that has been monitored and controlled, but as Echo ages, he has been stepping more gingerly, obviously in some discomfort.

So he’ll be retired, but stay at Foxwood, to remain with his “herd”, and where students like Audrina can visit, and feed him his favourite treats, green apples and carrots.

On June 22, as part of its Spring Horse Show, Foxwood held a Retirement Party for Echo. Audrina, nearly 5, and other riders presented the pony with hand-made cards, and a bucket of treats.

“He’ll live out his life here,” says Freer - still a beloved part of Foxwood.

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