Horses of Tir Na Nog

Welcome to Horses of Tir Na Nog

Our story begins in 2003, with a sweet old quarter horse named Casper. Casper's legacy is a commitment to consistent, quality care for horses in need of a loving, lifelong home. 

We are a volunteer-powered, nonprofit organization led by people who love horses and believe that horses enrich lives. Our sanctuary is located east of Alpine.

In 2008 we became an Adoption Partner with County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. This partnership marked a change in our focus from owner-relinquished horses to those rescued by Animal Services from abuse, neglect or abandonment. Since our partnership began, we are pleased to announce that Animal Services has not euthanized a single medically manageable equine.

As a non-riding facility, we host horses who serve the important role of "ambassadors." We invite you to meet our horses here on our website. Some of their stories will tug at your heartstrings. As you get to know our herd, we hope that you will join us in celebrating the unique qualities of each horse. The special character of each member of our herd motivates us daily. 

There are many philosophies when it comes to horses and their care. Our goal is to keep our horses as healthy as possible given their age and physical conditions. We cannot turn back the hands of time for our older herd members, nor can we cure every condition that ails them. Through regular veterinary care, sound nutrition and thoughtful overall management we strive to ensure a high quality of life. In addition, through behavior management efforts we strive for "happy" horses, with low stress levels. That’s why we’re named for an ancient legend about a horse who becomes young again. Read the legend.

Although we have celebrated 10 years of saving lives and healing hearts, we are still a young organization. In order to grow, we need help. We need volunteers to help with horse care and ranch chores, sponsors to provide financial support, and volunteers to help us develop all facets of our organization. If you share our passion for providing horses with loving, quality care, and have time to share, we would love to have you join our team. Here’s how to make a donation.

Welcome to Horses of Tir Na Nog. We hope you enjoy the time you spend with our herd.

Our Mission

Our goal is to create a safe haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life. At Horses of Tir Na Nog, we help build connections between people and horses in the San Diego community, increasing awareness about responsible horse ownership and care through education.

We create a safe haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life.

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