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A Rockhoof and a Hard Place is the 21st Season 8 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on September 11, 2021.


When Rockhoof, heroic Pillar of the past, is having trouble fitting into the modern world, Twilight Sparkle and her friends strive to help him find a new purpose.

Production timeline

November 21, 2016 An episode about the Pillars was first planned, listed as #820 in the episode order.
December 7, 2016 Episode pushed back to #821 and titled "Rockhoof's Adjustments".
February 21, 2017 Episode retitled "A Rockhoof and a Hard Place". Premise written by Kaita Mpambara.
March 7, 2017 Outline written.
April 3, 2017 First draft of the script written.
April 17, 2017 Second draft of the script written.
April 21–25, 2017 Final draft written.
May 17, 2017 Script locked polish.
June 28–July 19, 2017 Voice recording in session.
October 5, 2017 Animatic submitted for review.
February 28, 2018 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
April 5, 2018 Musical score added.
April 23, 2018 Final revisions made to the episode.


Main characters
01 - Twilight Sparkle.png
Twilight Sparkle
02 - Pinkie Pie.png
Pinkie Pie
03 - Fluttershy.png
04 - Rainbow Dash.png
Rainbow Dash
05 - Rarity.png
06 - Applejack.png
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Home media

This episode is only available on Netflix and other digital platforms due to Shout! Factory's 10-year licensing rights having been expired as of 2019.