The Tale of the Dancing Slaughter Horse


In the midst of a tumultuous childhood with an abusive father, Victoria meets Moonshine, an ex-racehorse saved from the slaughterhouse and abuse. She despairs at having to ride such a difficult horse but slowly learns the stables provide a safe haven for them both. The pair compete in dressage, a sport that tests the unity of horse and rider as they engage in what can only be called dancing. They compete against horses bred solely for the sport, always struggling to overcome the bias against horses like “Moony.” As she grows and comes of age, Victoria teaches Moonshine to trust, and he teaches Victoria the importance of heart and perseverance. Together, they overcome their similar histories, forge an unforgettable bond, and compete in the Jun-ior Nationals in this inspiring and compelling true story of how a girl and her horse changed each other’s lives forever.

Written by Victoria Shade
Retail Price: $14.99 | ISBN: 9780997237771
Format: eBook and Paperback | 314 pages | Size: 5.25 x 8
Genre: Young Adult Non-Fiction/Memoir

Released October 4th, 2016

Victoria Shade currently practices law, focusing on animal law and personal injury protection. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association Animal Law Comvictoria-shade-headshot-2mittee, as well the Animal Law Committee’s Legislative subcommittee, and is in-volved in several groups supporting the humane treatment of animals, from the SPCA to the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
She lives with her husband, also a horse-lover, and their young daughter, Olivia Jane, who had her first ride on Moony when she was in mommy’s belly. The family lives on a horse farm where Moonshine is one of many beloved family pets.

Interview with Author Victoria Shade

  1. What made you decide to turn the short story, this book initially was, into a full length book?

My professor enjoyed the story and insisted that I develop it.

  1. How do you hope your book impacts its readers?

I hope it encourages young people to not simply pursue what looks like the best thing. I hope they take what they have and make it the best.

  • What is the one tip everyone should know about preventing animal abuse within their communities?

Always report it.

  1. How would you advise someone considering horse therapy for their child?

I have only heard wonderful things about horse therapy. Do it for any kind of therapy.

  1. How did your experiences with Moonshine influence/affect your career focus on animal law?

I went to law school intending to practice animal law.

  1. Who was your favorite author growing up and now? Has it changed?

Marguerite Henry and Anna Sewell. Yes, it has changed to Laura Hillenbrand.

  1. Was there anyone that influenced you as a writer?


  1. How can someone get involved with animal defense and the animal rights movement? Contact the ASPCA and HSUS, become members, they have a ton of programs.
  1. How would you suggest getting children aware and involved in animal rights?Go to local shelters so that they are encouraged to volunteer and maybe even adopt or foster.
  1. There will always be a special bond and growth between humans and their animals, what is the greatest thing you learned from Moonshine?

Once you have that bond, you are limitless.

  1. What is your favorite memory with Moony?

I’ll never forget standing on the podium at the National Juniors Championships in total awe of Moony for being the horse that brought me to the biggest show of my life.

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  1. Shannon Baas says:

    any of the harry potter books.

  2. I love the idea of this book. It definitely seems like a “coming of age” type book where we can watch the maturity of a young person and their connection to animals and nature.

  3. Sandy Klocinski says:

    My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

  4. Too hard! I guess Little Women

  5. East of Eden

  6. My all time favorite book is the bible 🙂
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  7. Like a lot of girls, I read many “a girl and her horse” books when I was young, but most of them were fictional. I love that this is a memoir. I would love to read it and be taken back to my childhood passion again!

  8. Elzabeth Langham says:


  9. Audrey Stewart says:

    I love anything by Ann Rule.

  10. sounds interesting

  11. susan smoaks says:

    my favorite book is the giving tree.

  12. Brenda Elsner says:

    My love chicken soup books.

  13. Penny Snyder says:

    I love the Alex Cross books!!~

  14. Hesper Fry says:

    The Bible is my favorite book.

  15. Stephanie Liske says:

    I love The Funhouse by Dean Koontz.

  16. Jennifer Galindo says:

    It’s very near and dear to my heart. We humans have special bonds with our horses.

  17. Jennifer H. says:

    I like Pride and Prejudice.

  18. I like The Hobbit.

  19. betty league says:

    I have enjoyed the Chicken Soup books, but I have a wide range of favorite books that interest me. thanks

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