Most of us have probably wished at one time or another for a pony under the tree on Christmas morning. Well Moonshine won’t be going anywhere near the Gable’s Christmas tree but he’ll be there in spirit as this wonderful family celebrates the holiday. It gives us great happiness to announce that Moonshine has been adopted! He left SAFE Harbor yesterday for his new home at Gold Creek where he and Kirann will be training to compete in jumpers.
Kirann has had her eye on Moonshine from the very moment he stepped off the trailer at SAFE Harbor when he returned from training with Andrea Lucianna at Half Trak Farm. He came home from training with the highest praise from Andrea, which was that if she’d had a client looking for a horse his size, she would have kept him at Half Trak Farm, that’s how much she enjoyed this horse. Kirann and her mom happened to be at SAFE the night that Moonshine was delivered back home, and I remember remarking to her that he might be a good fit for her. Kirann had been riding Maggie for us all summer, but Maggie had just been adopted. Kirann immediately started taking lessons on Moonshine with Brittney, and the two of them just clicked very nicely. The Gable’s decided to take Moonshine on trial and keep him in training with Brittney during that time. During their pre-purchase examination, their vet discovered a small mass on Moonshine’s sheath that had to be removed, so that extended the trial a bit, but the procedure was successful and once he was healed up, it was time to make the adoption official!
We couldn’t be happier that Kirann and her family have adopted a horse from SAFE. They are wonderful, generous people who do so much for this organization, so it’s very fitting that they should have one of our horses to enjoy. Moonshine is a super little horse, and we can’t wait to see what he and Kirann get up to next summer. We wish them the very best!!
Moonshine is pending adoption, and has been on trial with his potential new owner at SAFE Harbor, taking lessons with Brittney and learning to jump! He’s doing fantastic, we could not be more proud of him.
During his pre-purchase exams, a mass was discovered in the vicinity of his boy-parts, and it was recommended that it be removed in order to make him more comfortable. Moonshine’s tumor removal went very well yesterday, though it was a challenging location for Dr. Penny. She said it was a solitary mass with no indication of spread or any other tumors. He gets one day of stall/paddock rest, then can go back into turnout since moving around is better for the healing process. Unless he develops an infection or excessive swelling beyond what is normal, he can be saddled and *lightly* worked by Friday of this week, building up slowly to full work after stitches come out on December 11th. A biopsy on the mass is pending, but Penny’s guess is that it’s a melanoma.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on him, and keeping our fingers crossed that his healing continues in a positive direction. He’s such a good boy, we all enjoy him so much.
Moonshine got to take part in the Holiday Open House, where he was suitably adorable. (Shasta does not agree…she tried to kick his lights out when he encroached on the photo set…fortunately her legs are so short that she could’t actually make contact with him!) Here he is with Santa and his girl.
Moonshine was such a superstar at the Haunted Open House! His was the most involved costume of all the horses, and he handled it like…like…like he’d been wearing clothes his whole life. After the party was over, I took several more shots of him hanging out in his paddock. He’s hard to photograph because he’s so darned friendly, he just wants to come in close for a snuggle! I managed to get a few good shots by stepping back from the fence. He’s such a good boy, you just can’t help but like him!
We’re also very excited because Moonshine is pending adoption! Here’s a quick shot of him working in a lesson today over trot poles:
Moonshine has finished his training and will be coming back to SAFE Harbor Stables this Friday. His trainer, Andrea Lucianna, told us that there have only been three SAFE horses that she seriously wanted to keep for herself…Delilah, River…and…Moonshine. She said if he was just a little bigger, she’d find a way to work him into her program. Moonshine is a nice, nice horse with a sweet disposition and great movement. He’s also a steady eddie — she never has to lunge him, and he can have 2–3 days off and be just fine the next ride. She recently tried out a couple students on him…two advanced riders, and then a relative beginner, and he did great for all three, including the novice rider! We’ll have some photos and hopefully video to share with everyone very soon, and we’ll let you know how he progresses once Brittney takes over his training. We can’t wait to see Moonshine…he’ll be picked up from Half-Trak farm in Arlington and Cameo will be the next SAFE horse going into full time training!
Moonshine started cantering under saddle this week without a lead pony! He’s doing great!! Here’s a video taken the week before last of his first ride off the lunge line. Look closely and see if you recognize the horse that he’s working with in the arena…it’s Delilah!! A rescue horse helping to train another rescue horse! How cool is that? Great work, Andrea and Co.!!
It’s a big day for Moonshine! He’s climbing aboard the trailer and heading up to Arlington to start training with Andrea Lucianna at Half Trak Farm. Andrea will have her hands full with this sassy young man as he learns to adjust to a life where he doesn’t get to do absolutely everything he wants at any given moment! We wish them both the best and look forward to updates on his progress!
Moonshine continues to be sweet with just a little sass. He is easy to catch and handle. He is 3 now, and will be heading off to our trainer’s soon to learn what it means to have a job. He has enjoyed his time with his foster mom, Jackie who says that she’s going to miss him!