“We’ll stand by you” – a Naysa update

A picture of Naysa was posted in a recent article I wrote the other day and a number of folks asked about her. While I did an update n June, perhaps it’s time to do another.

Naysa pulled from under the trailer in Louisiana

Naysa pulled from under the trailer in Louisiana

Naysa’s story is difficult to watch and even more difficult to understand. Sold at a small town auction in Louisiana for $37, her new owner decided he could make a quick profit and resold her for $100. Trouble was, Naysa wouldn’t load. She suffered his wrath, including a bullet through her head, a barbed wire halter, a severe beating and being drug down the street while tied to the back of the trailer. An Animal Control Officer knew about Habitat for Horses and called us. Would we take her? The vets wanted to put her down.

We did, of course, and brought her home to heal. Five operations and many months later, Naysa was finally on the road to recovery – physically. The mental and spiritual healing took a lot longer and involved some pretty fantastic people. She lives close to the ranch now, happily in love with a gelding named Cochise and living out her life in peace.

Naysa now

Naysa now

When you watch the movie, and you should, know that we stood by her, just as you would have, but none of it, not even the trip to Louisiana, would have been possible without the support of people that truly care. Naysa is just one story. There are hundreds just like her that come through our gates, each deserving a new life. We, all of us together, can give them that chance. Habitat for Horses will do the work, but we need you to financially support the work that we do.

Please make a donation – for Naysa and for all the others waiting at the gate.

Some of the scenes may be difficult to view but the ending is well worth it. The video is best viewed in full screen mode.

This is the story of Naysa:

Naysa - Now

Naysa – Now

Currently Naysa is living at a special needs foster home. She has formed close relationships with the other horses in her herd, especially a big paint gelding named Cochise, for they are inseparable. She is free to be a horse and is not expected to perform in any way. We feel she has done her duty to mankind and just wish mankind had been as considerate to her. She loves her human but is leery of those unfamiliar to her.  Her spirit has recovered but she remembers …

Cochise and Naysa June 2013

Thank you for watching her video story and reading her update


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  • Thank you SO much! For those of us who followed her story DAY by DAY, it is unbelievably rewarding to see her now!

    This MADE my DAY!

    Thank you, Habitat for Horses for ALL your hard work, work that you do on a daily basis which is not always documented or lauded. Thank you for your hard work which does not always have such a happy ending. Thank you for all your tears, for we cry with you!

    Sending virtual carrots and hugs to NAYSA!

    August 23, 2013
  • Mirabella

    Thank you for sharing this story! I cried by seeing these images and reading this story. I am discouraged of the human stupidity. In when the very severe punishments for these people squalid.

    August 23, 2013
  • Barbara

    I hope who ever did that to Naysa pays for it.

    August 23, 2013
  • Chris Dunn

    I will never forget this mares horribly damaged face and what she had to go through. She is definitely a survivor.

    August 23, 2013
  • I would gladly live in hell for eternity if I could be in charge of ensuring that the fires are always kept stoked under the people who commit these crimes.

    August 23, 2013
  • OMG I remember this brave little mare…..what she went through….I followed her story and donate to help her recover…It brings so much joy to see how well she is doing today..if it wasn’t for the love and care of the wonderful staff at HH and her foster home..she wouldn’t be here today..she is beautiful..love and hugs to my sweet Naysa…

    August 23, 2013
    • The story of this mare forever changed my life, when this happened a few years ago, I sat in disbelief, and my heart was so angry and so full of tears. It was at that point I knew I needed to do something, to help other horses. Horses that nobody wanted, too old, too lame, too abused, too wild…I attended my first “loose sale”. Billings Montana has one every month…they always hold this sale on a Sunday,(right after “cowboy church” prayer and a little religion, before Killer buyer gets to bid, which everyone knows is the slaughter sale) heading to Canada. Maybe the older ones that had given their whole lives to some rancher, and then dumped, a pregnant mare, with pleading eyes to save her and her unborn baby, a blind horse in the corner, trying to hide so his older body wouldn’t take a beating..to fight tears and anger for all the coward owners that filled the “loose pens”..these are the horses that I knew must be saved..since I didn’t have a semi, and be able to take them all home…It is because of Naysa, and her story that angered me so much, I was bound and determined that others with tragic circumstances could be saved, and whatever time left, could have kindness and food, water, a compassionate human to help them heal. So many horses, across this country, every week, every month, and every year..if others would consider adopting from these sales, Habitat For Horses and horse rescues from the across the United States, what a better place it would be. Thank-God for Animal Angels that care, that feed, that nurse the physical and mental wounds, that will give that horse a loving home for the rest of their days. Thank-you for Naysa’s story, a story of survival, hope and inspiration. If I could hug her, I would tell her she dosen’t even know the lives she help save, and changing my life. God Bless you Naysa…there was a greater plan for this very special horse.

      August 23, 2013
      • sherriey

        yes, and me too. she changed my life and taught me what horrible people there are in this world….and she has put loving strings in my heart and she pulls on them everyday…i too have rescued as you, not as many, but some…and all b/c of Naysa. she introduced me to HfH’s…and i haven’t looked back nor regretted it since. its the only org. i donate to…and all b/c of and in the name of Naysa. she is my angel horse…and if i ever get to Texas…i would love to meet her and hug her and tell her what a wonderful inspiration she is to a lot of good people.
        God bless you beautiful one…you will always be special and loved.

        August 23, 2013
  • Sharon Jacobs-Salinas

    I live just down the road on Fairwood in La Marque and I see the many horses in pastures on 519 that your fantastic organization has taken in. Thank you for all you do for ANY horse that walks through your gates. God bless you and your staff for going to Louisiana to rescue this abused horse, Naysa. With your wonderful care she is alive and quite a beauty.

    August 23, 2013
  • I started crying before I even saw the video. Just looking at her face. I don’t understand how anyone could do something like that. GOD BLESS you for helping this beautiful girl. And any horse that comes your way

    I hope that man pays for what he did to Naysa But really any punishment wouldn’t be enough for me!! What a sorry person to do something like that…

    GOD BLESS you Naysa and have a wonderful life.

    August 23, 2013
  • Michelle Isbell

    This has me in tears. Bless you for all that you do for these horses. For being their voice. This story makes me ashamed of the human race – but then YOUR story makes me proud. I have donated and will continue to donate to your wonderful organization.

    August 23, 2013
  • Ronnie

    Dear Jerry, I so remember Naysa. Thank you & bless you. And another tribute to you for all your help @ 2007 helping “Gracie.” Sweet white mare w/infected eye, face all maggots, dehydrated…suffering! You brought her a caring, peaceful end, with LOVE <3.

    August 23, 2013
  • Rachel D.

    Thanks so much for the update on Naysa, and for all the great work you do for horses like her. You’re right, the end of Naysa’s story is definitely worth it!

    August 23, 2013
  • Arlene

    I know there are miracles, Ive also heard there are miracles, I can now say I have Witnessed one , this lovely little Naysa and the absolutely wonderful people and person who now surround her are all Miracles….Your Organization will always flourish just as Naysa will now….. This is not the End of Naysa s Story, this is the New Beginning of Naysa s Story !!!!!This Lovely Safe Naysa will perform many Miracles of her very own, because she is one Thanks to you !!!!!!!

    August 24, 2013
  • Amy Baco

    I don’t understand….Is Naysa’s adopter no longer her home?

    August 24, 2013
    • jfinch

      No. Naysa is back close to the ranch

      August 25, 2013