'Riah

  • Approximate Date of Birth: 1991
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  • Gender: Mare
  • Breed: American Quarter Horse

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My Story

‘Riah arrived at Horses of Tir Na Nog in December of 2011. Prior to her arrival, she had been in the care of County of San Diego Department of Animal Services for several months. She and a gelding named Thunder were both taken in at the same time. Thunder was adopted within a few weeks of his arrival. In fact, six other horses had been adopted during ‘Riah's stay. But ‘Riah continued to wait for her new home. We applaud Animal Services for working so hard and so long to find a home for ‘Riah. San Diego County is fortunate to have such a passionate Animal Services Department.

While it was initially hoped that this sweet girl could be find a home with a therapeutic riding facility, diagnosis of damage to her suspensory ligaments eventually led to her placement with Horses of Tir Na Nog.

She was originally named Mariah, but ‘Riah was chosen as an abbreviation in order to distinguish her from our other mare Mariah. In Hebrew, Riah means "Not forgotten, remembered." Since she arrived at our ranch a time when many local families are preparing for Hanukkah, it is appropriate to celebrate that ‘Riah was not forgotten, even if it took her a bit longer than most of our residents to come home to Horse of Tir Na Nog.

‘Riah arrived at Horses of Tir Na Nog with Kris Kringle, whom she met while at Animal Services.