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Farewell Francis

I can hardly believe that I am writing this. Francis has been in my heart for so long, I don’t remember life with out him around. He was a grand carriage horse, working in NYC for most of his life and I was so blessed to be able to care for him in his senior years. He was spoiled and he knew I would (and did) anything for him. He was always one of our more special needs horses, with feet and leg issues from years past.
Four months ago he started a downward spiral and we just could not get him well, despite our most valiant efforts. He was already so compromised, it was incredibly challenging to work on his back feet. There in lies the problem-I had my vet out this morning to take x-rays of his right hind foot, and my suspicions were confirmed. He had deep seated white line disease and rotation and infection in the coffin bone, which was very painful. His left hind leg had dropped due to bearing more weight than it should, and the suspensory ligament was damaged, resulting in that foot also breaking down. So we had to say good-bye and release him from the pain 🙁
Francis had a wonderful retirement at Ferrell Hollow Farm, he was such a sweet, special boy. Mary, Siegfried and I will miss you terribly, and already do.
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10 Responses to Farewell Francis

  • Rachel says:

    Cindy I’m so sorry to hear about Francis, he was such a sweet boy. I know how much he meant to you. Wish the best for you and everyone at the farm. I hope Mary’s adjusting well.

  • Liz says:

    Cindy I so sorry for your loss. I know that you did everything for him. I just lost Scout so I know how you are feeling. My prayers go out to you. Mary and Siegfried will miss him, but the good thing is that they will have you to help them. Nahchee is morning the loss of Scout too.

  • Colleen Dwyer says:

    You and Francis were fortunate to have each other and to know love without boundaries. He is galloping freely in green pastures until you meet again.

  • Juliet Getty says:

    Dear Cindy, It is so hard to lose such a good friend and my heart goes out to you. He knew just how much he was loved and I know you will never forget — and that’s the beauty — the memories. Every time you think of him, you’ll smile. You gave him a wonderful gift — time to be himself and enjoy life. And in return, he gave you the best friendship that only horses can give us. You are in my prayers for comfort and peace.

  • Eva Hughes says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that Francis is no longer with us, but so glad that I can rejoice in his life well-lived, as Tabby said. I know that he had a great life here in NYC, a peaceful interlude at Pets Alive, and then an excellent, loving forever home with you, Cindy. He was beloved and cared for his whole life, and while in the city, he served and delighted thousands of people over the years, most of whom no doubt have his photo in their albums or on the their mantles as mementos of their trip to NYC. All horses are immortal in the hearts of the people who loved them, but NYC carriage horses are immortalized in the memories of all who meet them. Thank you so much for giving Francis everything he needed and more, Cindy, and I am so very sorry for your loss.

  • Monika McDole-Russell says:

    Cindy – My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. It’s always so hard to say goodbye to our four-legged friends, who love us more completely and unconditionally than anyone else ever can.

    Best wishes,

  • Kristin von Korff says:

    Cindy – I am so sorry for your loss. Francis had wonderful years at your farm. You give them so much dignity in their older years. I am sending you and Sieggy a big hug. I miss Sieggy more than I realized. Take care. Kristin, Joe and Amelia

  • Penny Meyers says:

    I have tears as I read your farwell to Francis. Thank you so much for sharing him with us (fce ladies) and I/we feel so thankful that we had a chance to stroke his mane and have a conversation with him. Please know that we are thinking of you and thaning you for all yur kindnesses.

    penny meyers

  • Dawn Roberts says:

    Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you were lucky to have such a special loving horse like him touch your heart. And he was so very very lucky to have had you!!!! I am blessed to have been able to spend a few days with him as he touched my heart very quickly. He is now galloping pain free.. Hugs to you, Mary and Siegfried as you deal with him being gone. Love ya my friend.. As I write this, tears are rolling down my face.. RIP Francis..

  • Keria says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Francis was well loved and will be well missed. He is galloping free over the Rainbow Bridge with many others in his new herd. Take care of yourself, Mary and Sigfried who will need some special care after losing their best friend. Keria