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On August 5, 2012, Animal Services rescued a group of mustangs as part of a local hoarding investigation. All of the mustangs were emaciated. They were descendants of a trio of mustangs originally acquired more than 15 years earlier and allowed to breed indiscriminately. The herd was not receiving enough feed and this group of mares and fillies were in the worst condition.
On August 11, 2012, Horses of Tir Na Nog became aware of the mustangs in the care of Animal Services. Based on the extensive resources required to recover these six horses, veterinary and behavioral evaluations deemed them to be non-adoptable following their recovery. We were the only alternative to euthanasia for these horses. By August 18, we had acquired the use of eight acres of range land adjoining our sanctuary.
This herd defied the odds and recovered fully from their neglect. They are now all healthy and active. They spend their days resting in the shade of oak trees, foraging for grass, and playing with each other. In other words, they spend their days being horses.
Eyaeh, pronounced “ee YAY,” means Heart of the Herd. She is the herd matriarch. One of five bay mares in the herd, she is easily identified by her friendly personality and a faint scarring from the noseband of a poorly fitting halter.
When Eyaeh arrived in August of 2012 she was obviously pregnant. We accepted that her long-term emaciation would probably result in a miscarriage. But as the weeks of recover became months, our hope grew. On March 27, 2013, at 10:45 p.m., EEyaeh gave birth to a healthy filly, Sinya.