Over the next few months we start to get to know each other, it was not always easy and there was definitely some troubles. Moe always seemed to have some anxiety around the mounting block (this is what you use to get on), but we were starting to make some good progress. So my mom and I decided that it is time to bring him to his first show. We cleaned all the tack that we would need and we gave Moe a bath until his coat shined. Everything was loaded up and we hauled it over to the show grounds. Once we got there I walked Moe around so he could see everything and get more comfortable. My plan was to get on for a quick ride.
This was the right before we started to get on.
Walking up to the mounting block like we always do, I could feel him tense up and get nervous. I had my mom and my trainer holding Moe so he wouldn’t move, having all of these people around him made him even more nervous. The second that I touched the saddle he exploded… bucking. I flew into the air landing on the hard ground in front of him. I wasn't physically hurt but I didn't know what to think, I was upset, scared, hurt emotionally, but most of all I was confused. "Why did he do that to me?" I kept saying. We made up excuses as to why this had happened, we just thought I was nervous which made him nervous. So we continued as planned and my mom was to ride the next day.
She tacked up and went to get on. He did the exact same thing to her! She landed flat on her back and was in huge amounts of pain. Seeing your mother lying on the ground in pain is traumatizing for a daughter to witness. Our horse is dangerous and my mother is hurt.
“He’s going back.” My mom said right after she fell.
“Back to the barn?” I asked.
“No, back to New York where he belongs.” My mom answered.
Devastated, the next few months we were making arrangements to send him back. We could never trust him again. Or so we thought.
At the same time, we decided to take lessons at a different barn with another trainer to grow my riding career. It was important to move on from our experience with Moe. I took my very first lesson at Willow Brook Farm and I absolutely loved it. After talking to the trainer about Moe, she instantly wanted to meet him and see if he had any potential. We had three days until the seller would pick him up, but we wanted to give it a chance. We brought Moe to Willow Brook.