Such a Happy Francis

So obviously Francis was very well-behaved and wonderful during the full 2 weeks in Ohio. Not a foot out of place, polite and well-mannered, and working hard. I couldn’t have been prouder of him.

But as I mentioned in my last post, Francis is a very social beast. Very. And he didn’t get his group turnout while we were gone. Now that we’re back and he’s reunited with his buddies, he is SO HAPPY OMG SO HAPPY.


It’s funny- I can tell his mood so quickly just because I know my pony, but it’s subtle. Even when he’s cranky/tired, he’s polite. He never gets sassy or nippy or rude, he just kinda tunes out and gets a case of the “blahs.”

Have you ever heard a horse snore? Come to our next show, and you totally can.

But Francis in a good mood is like a 5 year old little boy. When he’s happy, he’s like a sassy little pony stuffed into a giant 17.1hh body. He is playful and goofy and hilarious.

Our lesson this week had Happy Francis on full display: he was scratching my shoulder for me in exchange for the scratches I was giving him, during every break he would look back at me and rub his nose on my boots (begging for ear rubs), and he was snuffling at my clothes the entire time I was untacking.

Hello yes I am good pls rub ears

Like any 5 year old little boy, that energy sometimes turns into poking and playing a little too far- at one point he tried to take a nibble of my boot while I was scratching his ears. I walloped him a good one because he knows better than to use teeth near me, and he proceeded to give me the middle finger around our next course because HOW DARE YOU I AM MUCH OFFENDED. Homeboy got over it by jump 3 tho. Because he was in SUCH A GOOD MOOD.

I tend to refer to Frankie as “my boy” or “my child,” but we really don’t have that type of relationship. I’d say he’s more like a little brother that I have custody of. At the end of the day, I’m in charge and he has to listen to what I’m saying. But we also love to play together. And sometimes there’s that exasperation of oh my GOSH Francis if you can’t be cool then you can’t hang out with me and my friends. Because he’s like the little brother who keeps poking*poking*poking to get attention.

But even when he’s got Pony Man Syndrome, I can’t help but laugh when he’s like that. His playfulness and joy is totally contagious. Even my trainer was chuckling at him the other day.


We will still have shows in our future that cut down on Frankie’s social time every so often, but it makes me happy beyond belief that he is so clearly content with his day-to-day life. A happy Francis makes one very happy Olivia.

6 thoughts on “Such a Happy Francis

  1. the_everything_pony 03/08/2018 / 10:07 am

    Awwww so cute! It’s so nice when we know our horses so well that we can tell when they’re happy and when they’re not 🙂


  2. HunkyHanoverian 03/08/2018 / 6:25 pm

    I love hearing about his personality- he seems chock full of it! Seriously- all your IG posts of him laying down in stalls and eating his hay while splayed out have me cracking up. He sounds like such a character, and you two obviously have such a special bond. What a freaking cutie!!!


  3. Sleepy Equestrian 03/08/2018 / 8:30 pm

    What a ham! It sounded like the last week of WEC was a mixed bag, though still positive overall – glad you’re both recharged and love how keen Francis is to share his good mood haha!


  4. Liz 03/09/2018 / 9:51 am

    Such a dollbaby ❤


  5. Stacie Seidman 03/12/2018 / 9:55 am

    Ha! Jamp can get like that too. He loves his people, but sometimes he forgets that his people aren’t as big as him and don’t enjoy being groomed by his teeth. He got a face smack the other day for biting me while I buckled his blanket. Poor abused Jampy…


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