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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.
We believe UuMunm is the older daughter of Yeah TaNuk and we believe she was only a year two old when she was rescued. She arrived extremely fearful of people, just like her mom. She was covered with bite wounds, reflecting her low standing in the larger herd prior to rescue and the abuse she was subjected to as she tried to gain access to what feed was available. As she healed, the bite marks caused white scar hairs to grow in across her back. Today these white hairs, as well as her star make it easy to identify her. She was given the name UuMunm, which means May She Heal. This name reflected our hope that her wounds and her heart would heal. Her name is pronounced “ooMUN,”.
On May 31, 2015, UuMunm was discovered with a grotesquely swollen face and in respiratory distress. It was obvious that she had been bitten by a rattlesnake on her face. Given her feral nature it was determined that any attempt to treat her would only cause her heart rate to increase, spreading the venom more rapidly. She was started on a course of medication that could be added to her daily feed. After twenty-four very tense hours she began showing improvement and within a week she was completely recovered and hopefully a bit more cautious of rattlesnakes. During this frightening episode, as we hoped and prayed for her recover, her name took on even greater meaning.