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The Cart Before the Ponies is the 14th Season 6 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

This episode last aired on Discovery Family on October 9, 2019, three days before the series finale.


The Cutie Mark Crusaders are excited for the chance to race in the annual Applewood Derby -- until their teammates Rarity, Applejack, and Rainbow Dash take over the competition.

Production timeline

February 13, 2015 Premise written by Michael Vogel. Episode originally titled "Heroes and Horseshoes". The episode was to only feature half of the Mane Six -- Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Applejack, in this case.
February 20, 2015 Episode listed as #615.
March 5, 2015 Outline written by Ed Valentine.
March 12, 2015 Episode moved up to #614.
March 20, 2015 Beatsheet written. Episode retitled "Applewood Derby".
April 13, 2015 First draft of the script written. Episode retitled "The Cart Before the Ponies".
April 27, 2015 Second draft of the script written.
May 13–19, 2015 Polish draft written.
May 21, 2015 Script approved.
May 29, 2015 Final draft.
June 11, 2015 Piano demo of "Derby Racers" composed and performed.
June 29, 2015 Full demo of "Derby Racers" composed and performed.
July 2, 2015 Voice recording in session.
September 24, 2015 Final mix of "Derby Racers" composed and performed.
November 10, 2015 Animatic submitted for review.
March 29, 2016 Client cut of animated episode submitted for review.
April 28, 2016 Musical score added.
May 16, 2016 Completed production.


This episode features the following characters:

Main characters
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Apple Bloom, Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo
04 - Rainbow Dash.png
Rainbow Dash
05 - Rarity.png
06 - Applejack.png

Home media

DVDs with this episode:

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Season Six
(November 7, 2017)
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(May 8, 2018)