Moe’s owner, Stephanie of Hand Gallop, sent his formal title – Moe Sillypants – in for today’s OTTB spotlight!
What is his registered name?
Richrichrich x Feelingfancyfree; Moe doesn’t have many interesting or fancy relatives. His sire’s sire, Rich Cream was fairly successful and set a new record for 7 furlongs at Hollywood Park. His most notable ancestor is Turn-To, a British-bred stallion who is found in the pedigrees of many successful Thoroughbred sporthorses. Turn-To is found 3 times in Moe’s 5 generation pedigree.
Did your OTTB race? Yes, but only once! The story goes that Moe didn’t have the competitive drive needed to be a successful racehorse.
What do you do with him now? For many years, Moe was a Novice/Training level event horse. For the last 2-3 years, he’s enjoyed semi-retirement and currently has a job as a dressage lesson horse.
If your OTTB was a musician, who would he be? Joe Strummer of The Clash; both went through some wild, tumultuous early years and enjoyed success, but mellowed (or maybe just redirected their energy) as they aged. Moe used to be a very punk-rock kind of horse- hot, fractious, a little rebellious.
Your OTTB is on a desert horsey island. He can bring three items – what are they? The biggest bucket of Uncle Jimmy’s Squeezy Buns he can find, a big bale of his favorite bermuda hay, and his fly mask.
Your OTTB is deathly afraid of … Miniature horses! No joke, Moe gives minis some serious side-eye and does his best to scoot away from them ASAP!
Your OTTB is really brave about … Jumps! Moe’s never met a jump he didn’t like. In the 11 years of our partnership, I can only think of one fence he refused. He’s even jumped the hood of a car!
If your OTTB could change one thing about his environment or training, what would it be? Less dressaging, more mad galloping in the field! He’s very good natured and is happy to tote kiddos around the sandbox, but he’d much prefer to be running at top speed in the hay meadow.
How would your OTTB introduce himself to a new herd of horses? “HELLO FRIENDS!! WHY ARE YOU BITING AND CHASING ME?! 🙁 🙁 :(” Poor Moe is always on the bottom of the pecking order.
And finally, my OTTB makes me proud everyday because … He’s eager to work every day! He’s endlessly forgiving and enthusiastic. Regardless of what kind of ride you had the day before, Moe will greet you with pricked ears, bright eyes, and a whinny the next day, as if to say “Pick me! Ride me! Let’s go!”
Want to submit your OTTB to be featured on this blog? e-mail me answers to this set of interview questions and some pictures to be featured, and maybe next time you check She Moved to Texas your horse will be featured as the OTTB Spotlight of the week!