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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 that WeSaii was about two months old when she was rescued by Animal Services. Like her mom, WaaKaa, WeSaii is black. However, a small white snip on her nose makes her easy to identify.
Her name, pronounced “weh SAY,” means Joyful Laughing. The name reflects her personality perfectly. She arrived without fear or trepidation toward anyone or anything. As she has grown, she remains the most inquisitive of the group, always ready to investigate enrichment items introduced to the Mustang Habitat. As a result, she tends to be the herd’s ambassador and the most photographed member of the herd.