Prior to that, Clark, a draft-Standardbred cross, was an Amish cart horse. At some point it is believed he sustained a neck injury. Now, that neck injury is causing this 14-year-old gelding a neurological problem called Wobbler Syndrome. Clark stumbles without warning. As sweet a horse as Clark is, this condition makes him unsafe as a police horse and unsafe for placement in a home where he would be ridden.
In the past, horses like Clark, who could not be sold as riding horses, were humanely euthanized. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the San Diego Police Department, Clark has found a forever home at Horses of Tir Na Nog, a non-profit equine sanctuary in San Diego’s East County, where he can live out his days with 27 other rescued equines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is dedicated to creating a safe haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life. Part of the organization’s mission is to build connections between people and horses in the San Diego community, increasing awareness about responsible horse ownership and care through education.