Horses of Tir Na Nog

Edna Pearl

Gender: Mare

Breed: American Paint Horse

Approximate Date of Birth: 1/1/1998

Sponsor: A Special Friend

In October 2011 three precious gems, Tri Seoda, arrived at Horses of Tir Na Nog. In this case the three gems are emaciated horses. All three were rescued during an investigation by County of San Diego Department of Animal Services in Spring Valley.

One horse is a 13-year-old grey paint mare with an abscessed shoulder wound that had gone untreated before her rescue. It was the failure to provide this mare with medical attention that allowed Animal Services to rescue all three mares and spare them additional suffering.

Since only one of the mares has a name, Diamond, we needed a way to refer to the three of them until sponsors came forward to name the other two mares. Tri Seoda is Gaelic for three precious gems and we thought that phrase fit these three perfectly. In Buddhist tradition, the Three Gems are potential, teaching, and community. Obviously these three are on a journey to realize their potential. As equine ambassadors at our sanctuary, they will teach people about equine welfare. We were reliant on the San Diego community to help these girls recover, making them our Three Gems, Tri Seoda.

A long-time supporter of Horses of Tir Na Nog heard about these three special horses and wanted to help. Two of her sisters passed away in 2011 and she thought it would be a wonderful tribute to their memory to name the horses in their honor, so our three gems became the three sisters (Edna Pearl, Betty's Amber, and Edith's Diamond). All three sisters were born in the heart of horse-county, Kentucky, and chose professions that led to helping people, nursing and teaching. Since one sister was fair, it was easy to identify our gray mare as Edna Pearl, and given the pearl coloring of her coat, this was a perfect fit.

While Edna Pearl's shoulder was slow to heal, she gained weight and was soon over her target weight. After several months of intensive medical care by Dr. Rand of East County Large Animal Practice, Edna Pearl's shoulder healed. Now we only have to help Edna Pearl's feet heal. Prolonged neglect have left her back feet prone to soreness. Fortunately she is receiving the best possible farrier care and we hope to see improvement, slow that it may be, in the months and years ahead.

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