In 2003, The women’s Estrogen Therapy drug Premarin (pregnant mare urine) was determined by the FDA as being too high a dosage for treatment of menopausal women. Dosages were dramatically decreased and as a result, the PMU Farms contracts were cut in Canada and thousands of horses were sent to slaughter. The United Pegasus Foundation (Southern California) and rescue ranches throughout the United States stepped up to rescue and adopt out these mares and foals. We were asked if we could be of assistance in processing the rescued mares and foals and we were more than happy to assist. And, yes, most of these mares were pregnant when they arrived!!! Babies, Babies!!!
HOPE FOR HORSES, INC STARTED OUT WITH A NEED…..
K.I.S.S. (KIND, INTELLEGENT, SOFT AND SIMPLE) HORSE CENTER IS A BOARDING, TRAINING, EDUCATIONAL CENTER FOR HORSES AND PEOPLE.
What started out as a helping hand to just a few horses in need grew to a Way Station for PMU horses coming from Canada through United Pegasus Foundation. From there we began taking on rescues one at a time, and developing them to get them into new homes.. With more horses in need coming in , helping out other rescues by taking on and homing horses from feedlot sale yards and auction yards, we were busy. We also started getting calls from racetrack trainers looking to find good homes for their retiring racehorses. As we started taking those horses on, things started to develop and we became an IRS determined 501(c)3 non-profit animal welfare charity.
With so many young OTTB”s (Off the Track Thoroughbreds) waiting to start second careers, our young teenage riders were busy. We had so many of these horses schooling and training well, we started to grow teams with these rescued horses and we started showing. Our teams perform dressage and jumping , we were invited to join exhibitions teams and started performing at different Expos and the California State Fair.
As we follow in this direction, we are proving that any horse, no matter what circumstances they come from, can be introduced to a Kind, Inspired, Soft and Simple (K.I.S.S.) training and become great partners and equestrian mounts for all.
Educating the equestrian community along with the general public about how rescues are great places to find great horses. Most rescue horses are just horses (like some people) down on their luck; their owners could no longer afford them, changes in circumstance, moving on to a different direction.
We put in long, long hours, usually over 12 hours a day, mostly 7 days a week. We do it for the need of Rescue and love our lives. We mostly run on volunteer power, and love having knowledgeable people helping out.
WE HELPED HOME OVER 300 PREMARIN/PMU HORSES, mares, foals and stallions.
What is a P.M.U. Horse?
P.M.U.(Pregnant Mare Urine); Premarin is a very common drug prescribed to millions of women worldwide as a hormone replacement therapy. The name stands for PREgant MAres uRINe, as the drug is produced from the hormones present in the mare’s urine. The horses used to produce this drug are referred to as “PMU” horses, for short.
The Problem With Premarin
Premarin is created by collecting the urine of pregnant mares. The mares are kept in small standing stalls in order to limit their movement, so not to displace the urinary bladder bags used to collect every drop of urine. The mares are kept in this manner for a lengthy portion of their pregnancy, normally about six months. Once the mares are full term and ready to deliver, they are turned out to have their foals. The mares are able to nurse their foals until weaning age, about 4 months, at which time they are separated and the mare is bred back to repeat the whole process again. This cycle of breeding has created an overabundance of unwanted foals, most of which are sold to the slaughter industry. “PMU” farms exist all across the USA, and are also prevalent in Canada. Conditions at “PMU” farms vary, and some farms work very diligently to place their unwanted foals. Many others are not as responsible.