Horses of Tir Na Nog
A Special Trio

For Immediate Release
Horses of Tir Na Nog Press Release

October 20, 2017

Horses of Tir Na Nog
Contact: Amy Pat Rigney
619-465-6384; 619-888-7241 (mobile)
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A Special Trio

On August 17, 2017 County of San Diego Department of Animal Services seized seven horses as part of an ongoing animal neglect case in the East County. Fortunately, when the horses were made available for adoption, the local equine community stepped up and adopted four of the horses. That left three horses in need of a special place to call home.

One is a mare in her late teens with a history of foot issues, which x-rays indicate include laminitis. The second is a fourteen-month-old filly with several bone structure issues, including clubbed feet, that will require corrective farrier trims and most likely limit her athleticism. The final member of this special trio is a recently gelded stallion that also has clubbed feet and structural issues in his hind legs.

“The older mare is very typical of the horses that find their forever home with us through the Department of Animal Services,” explains Amy Pat Rigney, Horses of Tir Na Nog administrator. “Over the years several terrified, anxious horses have found their way to us through our partnerships. The filly and gelding also fit into this category. In addition to their bone and muscle issues, both are fearful of people. Their eyes say it all, these two have not had a chance to understand how good people can be. We are honored to have been asked to help them learn to trust.”   

Horses of Tir Na Nog is the longest-operating equine sanctuary in San Diego County and is currently caring for over fifty equines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is an adoption partner with County of San Diego Department of Animal Services and works in compliance with American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Rescue and Retirement Guidelines.

EDITOR: The horses will be available for photos and video at the ranch.


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