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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.
When the herd was rescued, Eyeah, the herd matriarch, was pregnant. We initially prepared for a miscarriage, but as Eyeah’s health improved we became hopeful. On March 27, 2013, at 10:45 p.m., Eyeah gave birth to a filly. At birth, the filly had crooked legs. We believe that poor nutrition in utero caused this. Fortunately as she grew, good nutrition helped to strengthen her legs. Today she is a healthy, active member of the herd.
Eyeah’s daughter was given the name Sinya, which means “our girl” and that she is, our very special girl. As a bay mare, she closely resembles her mom. However, a very small white snip at the end of her nose always makes it easy to spot our girl.