Yeah TaNuk

  • Date of Birth: August 5, 2002
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  • Gender: Mare
  • Breed: Mustang

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My Story

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.


All of the horses were given names drawn from the Kumeyaay language. The Kumeyaay are Native American people of the extreme southwestern United States and northwest Mexico.


Yeah TaNuk was one of only two mature mares in the herd that was rescued by Animal Services. She was extremely fearful of people and could not be approached, much less touched. She was wearing a halter that had been placed on her as part of her rescue. After three months of recovery, she had to be heavily sedated for it to be removed. Even now, she remains the one member of the herd that has never been touched by any of our volunteers. Her name, pronounced “yay tah NUK” reflects our hope for her, May She Be at Peace.


We believe that Yeah TaNuk is the mother of both UuMunm and KayMa. She is easy to identify within the herd because of the star and strip, as well as a large snip on her face. She has more white on her face than any other member of the herd.


In May 2015, Yeah TaNuk, suddenly showed signs of neurologic issues. She had become unsteady on her feet. Our veterinarians came out to observe Yeah TaNuk over a two week period. They determined that she had either eaten a toxic plant or suffered a head trauma, such as running into a tree. The third option was exposure to a parasite carried by possums. Each possibility had at least one strong advocate among our veterinary team, but a consensus could not be reached. Fortunately liquid steroids were agreed upon and over the next several months she slowly recovered and returned to normal.