Birthday: March 24, 2001
NMHJA Name: Moxie
71 races, one win, $23,216 career earnings
Tilt the Odds x Fancy Express
When Laurie tells the story of Foxy it always begins the same way. “I never just bring a horse home. Ever. But for some reason I did this time.” I suspect that reason was Rod. He’s more of a softy then you’d think.
All of our NMHJA shows are held at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds. Just on the other side of the wall is our local racetrack. We don’t go over there much. Mostly because we’re not allowed. But there is a little feed store over there, and in 2009, Laurie needed to pick up some supplies and snuck over.
I don’t know how the conversation got struck up, but I know the guy at the feed store knew Laurie. And he knew the man who owned Foxy. He knew Foxy was not being taken care of. She was unbelievably skinny. Maybe a 2 on the weight scale. He encouraged Laurie to bring her home.
And if that wasn’t enough, Rod fell in love with the pretty mare. At that point he was riding and showing little Jimmy. He was ready to move up. And he’s a total softy.
Technically, you cannot buy or sell a horse at the track. So Laurie and Rod snuck her through the fence. They paid a $100 for her and brought her home.
At the time Luis worked at Top Notch Farm. He took one look at Foxy and asked what Fancy was doing there. Turns out Luis and his family used to own Foxy. They called her Fancy. She was fast. A big winner at the mile. She started to stock up behind and just get weird and hitchy behind. She kept on having to scratch because the vet would not clear her to run. So Luis sold her to the man Laurie bought her from.
And slowly, she started to settle in. It took three years before the speakers at the rodeo arena stopped making her excited. Two before she stopped jumping ground poles. She never learned to straight tie. She does cross-tie like a champ. Rod took her to one show. He gave her the show name Moxie. Because that girl has plenty.
Foxy has turned into a barn favorite. She is the most in demand school horse. Laurie says it is because she carries herself well, so she doesn’t require a lot of leg. I think it is because people secretly like a mare with a little personality. Foxy has to be turned out with her buddy Chandler. If not she paces. She has to be stalled next to Chandler. But can’t be stalled next to anyone else. She doesn’t like them. There are about five horses in the barn that she will pin her ears in lunge at if they get too close. But that’s what makes her fun.
Foxy is the queen of teaching a rider to be soft. She can take an awful lot of bouncing on her back, but do NOT hit her in the mouth. Foxy loves the long spot. If you let her choose, you’ll be leaping over the fence. Together it teaches her riders to wait to the base of the fence without pulling. She has an adorable jump, and a pretty movement.
That girl definitely has Moxie.