A Horse Shoe-in is the 20th Season 9 episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It is also Starlight Glimmer's last episode of the series, the next-to-last newly listed episode in the script tracker, and was written by the show's last new writer, Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim.


Starlight decides to hire a Vice Headmare in preparation to take over the School of Friendship from Twilight. But she soon realizes that hiring the right pony for the job is going to be a lot harder than she thought.

Production timeline

March 21, 2018 Began development on this date, listed as #920 (where Pinkie Pie's Dessert once stood). Premise written by Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim.
April 2, 2018 Outline written. Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack are written in one scene each.
April 27, 2018 First draft of the script written. The rest of the Mane Six are written in, each with no dialogue.
May 14, 2018 Second draft of the script written. Applejack is written out, while Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity each get one line of dialogue.
May 22–25, 2018 Final draft written. Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity's lines are all removed from the script, leaving them all without dialogue again.
June 8, 2018 Script locked polish.
June 20, 2018 Voice recording in session.
October 3, 2018 Animatic submitted for review.
February 26, 2019 Client cut submitted for review.
April 4, 2019 Musical score added.
April 25, 2019 Final revisions made for the episode.


Main characters
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Starlight Glimmer
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Twilight Sparkle
Other characters
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Yona, Smolder, Gallus, Ocellus, Silverstream and Sandbar

Home media

This episode is only available on digital platforms due to Shout! Factory's 10-year licensing rights having been expired as of 2019.

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