You can’t keep a good horse down


It was beautiful and sunny this morning, so I headed out to hack Moe before work. He seemed glad to see me, mugging for cookies and rubbing his head against me. (I blame Johnny for the sudden resurgence of this bad habit.)

When he realized we weren’t heading into The Arena Of Despair, he really perked up. His head lifted, his ears went forward, and he practically dragged me to the hay meadow gate. I hopped on, and off we went!

Moe felt like his usual self- he was extremely alert, eager to go, and spent half of our ride jigging and thinking about bolting. I’ll take that Moe over mopey, depressed Moe any day! We walked laps around the upper and lower fields for about 35 minutes before heading back in; I didn’t want to get him too wound up with trotting or cantering, but I’m sure he would’ve been happy to go faster.

One odd thing- about 20 minutes into the ride, I started hearing a distinct clicking noise. I couldn’t tell if it was a joint clicking or if he was clipping himself with his hind feet. Moe tracks up a lot, so it’s possible he’s clipping his front end with his hind end. The clicking sounded different than Gina’s joints popping, but Moe’s a different horse. He doesn’t seem uncomfortable or stiff, so I don’t know what’s going on.

At any rate, I’m glad my cheerful little horse was happy to go hacking; hopefully, more hacking and less dressage will restore his good spirits permanently!

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

10 thoughts on “You can’t keep a good horse down”

  1. When Arch got his hocks injected, he started tapping his fronts with his hinds. It took me FOREVER to figure that out because I thought maybe he was interfering. I wish ponies could talk.

    Glad that this boosted Moe’s spirits! We all need some time to frolick in the grass.

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