In Loving memory
Nana was the inspiration for Placitas Wild. Her plight was the impetus and guiding factor in pursuing a partnership with San Felipe Pueblo. Nana is the reason Placitas Wild and the Preserve exists.
Nana was the matriarch of the western herds of Placitas.
She managed to avoid the first fatal roundup. The story goes, Nana was a young mare at the time, and a member of the big paint Stallion’s herd. The herd had a habit of frequenting a Sundance Mesa resident’s swimming pool to drink water. BLM was called and they captured the herd, breaking the Stallion’s neck in the process. Nana escaped the roundup, and roamed the surrounding hillside for over twenty years.
Eventually she found another herd, and became the lead mare-matriarch, teaching the young ones how to fend for themselves. However, her life was hard. During another roundup, she escaped once again through an open gate. For a second time, she was without a herd.
Later, she was seen following a herd, but didn’t appear to be an accepted member.
In time, she grew weak and thin. After being coaxed into a barn adjoining the BLM land she’d been roaming, she gave birth to a stillborn. Her human friends cared for her there, helping her to regain her strength and gain about 200 pounds.
While there, she met a young stallion that had just been put out of his herd. They named him Sundance. Old Nana and Young Sundance became known as The Odd Couple, and in 2008, Nana gave birth to their colt-son, Milagro. Their little family thrived in the post-drought years.
Nana’s human friends noticed she was spitting out partially chewed grass. It was determined that she needed dental care. Although Nana accepted help from humans, she wasn’t keen on being touched. Having escaped a few roundups, she was very protective of her personal space. How would a vet get close enough to help her?
Kind humans came to her rescue, offering water-softened pellets.
Many days they would walk miles carrying food to Nana in backpacks. Nana thrived, and was moved to a three-acre corral for her safety. She continued to receive daily care for the remainder of her years. Her life became more comfortable with plenty of food, shade and shelter. She was company and solace to many sick and injured wild horses brought to the corral for care.
In her later years, Nana would allow a few pats on her chest or between her legs, but only a few before she’d pull away. Nana passed away in August, and is still sorely missed. While she never went to the Preserve, she inspired those who loved and respected her for her wildness. Many have worked tirelessly on her behalf to establish San Felipe Wild Horse Preserve for her heirs and the other wild horses of the area.