Horse named Moonshine credited with saving St. Clair County pastor's life

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jul 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 05:19:23-04

A dog may be man’s best friend, but it turns out a horse may be man’s hero.

A horse named Moonshine is an Appaloosa gelding and he’s getting all the credit for coming to rescue of a man in need.

Pastor Leonard Barney of St. Clair County was trying to take a lawnmower from the bed of his truck, when the tractor came crashing down on him.

Pastor Barney was trapped under his tractor. He was crying for help, but no one was around.

Forty-five minutes went by, the pastor was in excruciating pain. He prayed that help would come soon and then a white horse appeared. 

Moonshine saw that the man of faith needed help, so Moonshine made sure he got it.

"He's spinning and going insane," said Amanda Thorson, Moonshine's owner. 

After that, Thorson says they saw the man calling for help behind a big green barn. 

Moonshine doesn’t get the spotlight shined on him much, so he’s soaking it all in.

The pastor and his family are grateful that Moonshine showed up when he did.

“He was like, 'bless your horse, because if it weren’t for you guys, I’d still he here,'” said Thorson. 

Pastor Barney has some fractured bones and quite a few puncture wounds. He is recovering in the hospital.

Now, the pastor and everyone involved is singing Moonshine’s praises. He sure is one heroic horse.