Moonlight Sonata is a 14 yr. old TB mare. She was raced in her
early years and
then lived for many years with a young girl who rode her everywhere!
was moved to a Hunter/Jumper Barn by her owner. Moonie, as she
known at TIER, supposedly developed navicular. She was deemed
as she refused to jump anymore and would wheel away from the
girl who owned her got busy with life and didn't pay the board
Moonie. She was moved to a cheaper stall at the boarding facility.
told of Moonie's plight by the lovely Cheri who rescued Reilly
and was boarding
at the same stable. Moonies owner and Cheri spoke and it was
the owner would send Moonie to TIER with the stipulation that
owner would sign a Transfer of Ownership over to TIER and a sum
to cover hauling
and short term feed costs. We never received the sum and have
from Moonies previous owner. She arrived 12/6/99. We have had
Horseshoer working on Moonie since her arrival. After her first
she was very ouchy for a few days, but subsequent trims and shoes
front have had wonderful results! We have not seen her take a
lame step since
her first trim in December!! Her best buddy is Jake the big QH/Ranch
who was a roper. Both of these "supposed" cripples now
the pasture together. Jake does runs and sliding stops while Moonie
across the pasture! She will be adoptable soon to the person who
in writing that she will only be used on trails, no jumping and
will have to have shoes on her front feet at all times.
4/27/01 - Moonie has been adopted!!!
S. is proud to be owned by Moonlight Sonata! She arrived at her
new home with her usual calm demeanor. The barn manager was surprised
to learn that Moonie is 17 yrs. old! She looks and acts alot younger!
We are wishing many happy trails and learning experiences for
both Moonie and Janet!
course, Jake, Moonie's best friend at TIER, was pining for her.
But, we moved some horses around and Jake has a new female neighbor.
He isn't overly thrilled at the new arrangement so we will watch
everyone closely. We will be keeping a special eye on Jake because
losing a friend/neighbor/pasture buddy like Moonie is hard.
5/18/01 - Well, I did not ride Moonie today, we just did some
ground work to work on her being alone fears and the dentist came
back out since she had to cancel her original appt. (I thought
Debby said the dentist was done) Turns out Moonie's face is off
kilter because her right teeth were far longer than her left teeth.
Her molars were pretty snaggy too, so there were a few little
ulcers in her cheeks. So, after sedation, grinding, a little more
grinding, and a little more shaping, she is good to go. The dentist
was pretty interesting to listen too and even had a different
opinion from the trainer about the bit and how thick it should
be for her mouth. (Off to the tack shop again!!) She even drilled
Moonie's front first molars to round out the points so the bit
would fit nicely. Moonie was so brave and
really did good. I wished that I had before and after shots. They
would have been good for the info page. The dentist had a little
head lamp which made it easy to see everything. She even had my
hands in there to feel what she was trying to accomplish. I really