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The story of how 'Luna' found a home

New book details how a mysterious horse inspired hope amid perilous times

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 11/12/19

Hope is something many might say is becoming rare these days, according to author Dora Dillistone. It certainly arrived as a surprise for her when she first met a small, skinny horse she would come to know as Luna.

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The story of how 'Luna' found a home

New book details how a mysterious horse inspired hope amid perilous times

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Hope is something many might say is becoming rare these days, according to author Dora Dillistone. It certainly arrived as a surprise for her when she first met a small, skinny horse she would come to know as Luna.

Dillistone was so taken by the horse and what would happen during her training that she decided to write a book about her. That book is out now and is titled "Luna: The Mare with Sky Blue Eyes." It is illustrated with paintings by Taos Pueblo artist Jonathan Warm Day Coming. A book launch and exhibit of the paintings is planned Wednesday (Nov. 13), 4-6 p.m., at the Stables Gallery of the Taos Center for the Arts, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Admission is free.

Luna was a rescue. Housed by The Horse Shelter near Santa Fe, Dillistone said she doesn't know where she came from and, really, when it comes down to it, doesn't want to know. After testing, it turned out that Luna's bloodline was another surprise.

"Back in April of 2018, there was a young man from Las Cruces who moved into our barn to open a training center for horses here in Taos," Dillistone said. The trainer, Rudy Lara Jr., told her that if he was able to make a go of it here he would stay. "With him, he brought this little horse he was training for The Horse Shelter outside of Santa Fe." This was part of the "Gimme Shelter" trainer challenge. The training here at Dillistone's Morningstar Stables was intense, but the little horse rose to the challenge and made Lara proud. But, the challenge was designed to culminate in an auction. Would he be taken away to live with someone new and strange?

The story of Luna "represents everyone who has ever felt alone, hopeless and unloved," a press release states. "The story contains elements of hope and success through hard work and determination, friendship and love. It tells us we are all unique and have special talents. The story also shows that families can be defined in many ways. Just as Luna's ancestors came from horses domesticated thousands of years ago, humans come from ancestry that immigrated to this country in various ways for various reasons."

Dillistone said one of the reasons Luna is so special is her coat. It's a metallic perlino silver, which is very rare. "This horse was rescued [by a rogue] from the middle of the desert in a pen where she was starving along with several other horses," Dillistone said. It turned out that her DNA is from the first domesticated horses, the Turkomans, which influenced many modern horse breeds, including the thoroughbred horse. "How she ended up in the middle of New Mexico, I don't know," she said.

The book is fascinating and inspiring.

A portion of the sale of every book will be donated to The Horse Shelter in Santa Fe to help with feeding and care of the horses, and to help find them new homes.

One more book launch event is planned Dec. 7, 4-7 p.m. at the SOMOS Salon, 108 Civic Plaza Drive in Taos. This is designed to be a book signing and reading. Admission is free. Call (575) 758-0081.

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