• Approximate Date of Birth: 2007
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  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breed: American Quarter Horse

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My Story

On March 30, 2015, Ventura County Department of Animal Services rescued an abandoned eight year old gelding from the Oak View area. This handsome buckskin paint quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite due to his friendly, easy-going personality. He was given the name Stetson, after the original western hat.

During his time at the shelter, he was frequently lame in his right hind leg.  X-rays led to a diagnosis of extensive arthritis in his right stifle joint. Veterinary staff at the Ventura County shelter determined that Stetson would never be able to carry riders.


Even though he is not rideable, shelter staff went to great lengths to find a placement option for this special fellow. Unfortunately, none of the rescues in Ventura County were able to take an unrideable, sanctuary horse.


On June 4, Horses of Tir Na Nog was contacted by Animal Services looking for a sanctuary placement for Stetson. Our veterinarians at East County Large Animal Practice reviewed Stetsons x-rays and medical files. Even though Stetson can no longer be ridden, he will enjoy a quality retirement.


Stetson arrived at Horses of Tir Na Nog on June 15, 2015.