Even Thoroughbreds Have Lazy Days

Sometimes we have days when we just don’t feel like riding, and boy do I have an excuse for that. But sometimes even a thoroughbred can have a lazy day.

On Monday I went to go get Delight for our riding lesson. He is the beautiful, 16.2 hand OTTB (off-track thoroughbred) that I have been riding over the last year. The paddocks are starting to grow fresh grass and the flowers are blooming. Spring finally seems to have sprung. You would think the horses would be feisty.

We, sadly, found the opposite problem in the paddock today. It’s been beautiful in the evenings and some of the horses are out overnight. When we walked down the hill toward the far reaches of the paddock, this is the site we found.


Delight waits patiently for us to come to him.   
Delight waits patiently for us to come to him.


Delight sat here in the tall grass watching us patiently walk toward him. He’s always been very good about standing and waiting to be haltered. Never running away like some other horses I know.


But I am SOOOOO comfortable!   
But I am SOOOOO comfortable!

It was almost sad to halter him, he looked so comfortable. After some affection, we asked him to get up and this is what happened!

Nope, I just need a few more minutes.
Nope, I just need a few more minutes. Where’s the snooze button on this thing?


My trainer, Robin, and I couldn’t help but laugh. Have you ever seen an ex-racehorse so unlikely to move? I think this thoroughbred is broken. It took some coaxing and some patience but eventually Delight gave in and stood up, tiredly following behind us as we walked the long way to the barn.

Needless to say that my lesson was interesting. A lot of trying to convince an adolescent OTTB to move and getting a lot of attitude in the meantime. Cranky and tired make for a tough combination. I did learn a lot about being assertive though, so there is that!

He just makes me laugh. Who can be mad at that face?


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17 thoughts on “Even Thoroughbreds Have Lazy Days

  1. What beautiful pictures of Delight enjoying some springtime relaxation. I love your attitude about enjoying whatever the lesson might be, even if you’re the one learning or being trained on being assertive. 😊

    1. Thanks Elaine! I am definitely a glass half full person, and I figure I always have something to learn. Plus, kind’ve hard not to laugh at these hijinks. Such a nut.

  2. What a handsome fella. I guess he just wasn’t ready to get up, was he? LOL

    1. We did end up convincing him but he was like molasses during my lesson. Almost not worth the effort. Still love him though!

  3. That’s so cute! Reminds me of my sister’s dog when I try to get him to go on a walk! (He’s the one dog I know who doesn’t get excited about going on a walk!)

    1. OMG that’s too funny! Sometimes Gonzo gets like that when it’s hot outside. He’s got a black double coat so I don’t really blame him.

  4. I tease my golden retriever because she likes to pretend to be a bucking bronco. I didn’t know her rolling in the sand on a walk might also be a horse impersonation.

    1. Oh yes, rolling in the sand or the mud are favorite horsey pastimes. Especially when they have been freshly bathed!

  5. That is funny! Whenever our horses are laying down and we come over to them, they usually get up!

  6. That is funny! Whenever our horses are laying down and we come over to them, they usually get up!

    1. Haha yes! I must say he is always very easy to get in the field. However, Monday Delight was just NOT having any of it.

  7. Some days are just too beautiful to move lol.

    1. This is the truth!

  8. Miss Heather, your Delight is very big, but pretty. We don’t have any beasties like that at my home. There’s just me (cat) and my housemate (dog). Mom says she rode a "horse" a couple of times when she was young and her big sis still rides. I wonder if my yard is big enough for a horse. It would give our Basset a friend to run around with in the yard! Mew Mew!

    1. I’m sure you and your housemate are purrfect for mom!

  9. Looks like he takes napping pretty seriously…

    1. Yes, Delight turns it into an art form! He once fell asleep while walking on a trail.

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