Breed: Thoroughbred

DOB: April 28, 2014


Personality: Quiet minded, strong personality

Adoption: Adira has been adopted!!!

Adira came to us as another “throw away horse”. We have seen horses with these conditions undergo successful surgery and live long functional lives. Thank you to those who have donated so far for her surgery, but we still have a ways to go. She should be a good sized Filly. She underwent surgery for a right front crooked leg and the surgery was successful. Now after careful handling and tincture of time with limited exercise to help straighten and strengthen her leg she is now growing big and strong.  We are looking for sponsorship for her and any donations to assist in her rehabilitation are greatly appreciated.



BLAKE’S STORY: This is a prime example of what Hope for Horses does:

Blake the Super Pony! Now one of our star lesson ponies and therapeutic riding ponies!

Blake the Super Pony! Now one of our star lesson ponies and therapeutic riding ponies!

 On January 12, 2015, I received a phone call from a distraught man about a pony in a family members care.  I was told that the woman who had this pony was on a very limited income, had just lost her husband and was unable to care for this pony.  He had not seen this pony in several months and was in a near panic when he called me.  He told me he got my name and number from a local equine veterinarian. I had a friend who lived near where this pony was and she was a real pony lover, so I contacted her, telling her that there might be a pony in need for her to take on.  She went to see this pony and this is what she found:                                                                                                                                                     We realized how dire this situation was as, along with starvation, he had Paraphimosis, caused by his debilitated condition. I had to pick him up quickly.  9am the following morning we went to get him and stopped by the veterinarian who had given my information to the man.  Before he even looked at the pony, I did warn him that we were going to do all we could to save him.  Once he assessed the pony we came up with a treatment plan, and we took him back to Hope for Horses, at the K.I.S.S. Horse Center in Galt, CA

 My regular veterinarian came by to see the pony. He was extremely emaciated and had paraphimosis (a polite way of saying severe inflammation of his private parts) We started treating the Paraphimosis, and worked on getting this guy to eat.  Apparently, he had gone without food for long enough that he had very little interest in food.  We offered him the recuperating diet recommended by UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. The diet consisted of Purina Senior Feed (Generously donated through A Home For Every Horse Program/Unwanted Horse Coalition) Elk Grove Milling Complete Senior Pellets ( Again, generously donated by Elk Grove Milling) and Alfalfa hay.  We left the food in front of him because of his lack of interest we kept a close eye on him to be sure he didn’t over eat.  It took him several days to begin to eat normally; at that point we removed his free feeding/free choice and monitored how he ate.  He was in bad shape, we weren’t sure if he was going make it or not.  Once, when he lay down, he struggled to get up and needed help from two of our volunteers, it took several attempts to help him get to his feet.                                                                   Now a name, most of our ponies have super hero names: Peter Parker/Spiderman, aka Parker, Ben Grimm/Thing, aka Ben, so as we were looking for a name, someone came up with:  Donald Blake/Thor, aka Blake. 

 Blake responded well to all treatments and was an easy patient. He took 8 months to fully recover from the Paraphimosis;   He is now one of our star lesson ponies and an intricate part of our Therapeutic/Adaptive Riding program. Blake is one of our demonstration horses at the California State Fair, where he is in our Team Hope for Horses, and is ridden in our exhibitions.

Blake before

These pictures below are when we first found Blake in March of 2015


Blake when he arrived at Hope for Horses

Blake has a permanent home with Hope for Horses as a top notch Therapeutic/Adaptive Riding pony and as a Super Star Lesson pony in our Team Hope for Horses Program.   Please donate to

Super lesson pony

Super lesson pony









He came down to California on the trailer from a P.M.U. Farm in Canada.  He was younger than the others and weak, unable to stand for long. He laid down a lot in the trailer, getting stepped on by the older babies. When the babies got to our ranch, a stopping/resting station for a horse rescue in Tehachapi. The hauler said that he didn’t think the colt would make the rest of the trip, so we kept him.  2 days later, he almost died, with 2 months of round the clock veterinary care, and lots of TLC, he became healthy and grew strong. Lazarus is now an ambassador for Hope for Horses, Inc. Equine Safe House and Placement Center.

Lazarus on arrival

Lazarus on arrival


Come visit Team Hope for Horses as we perform at the California State Fair!

Lazarus at the California State Fair

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.

Many “PMU” babies are well bred, and some are even registered purebreds. “PMU” foals can be adopted online through rescue groups, but most of the foals bred in Canada are sold directly to meat processing plants. In Canada, a “PMU” filly has a less than one in ten chance of escaping slaughter. A colt is almost certainly doomed, with a less than one in fifty chance at life. The mares suffer a much more grim outlook, as they are not sold until they are no longer able to become pregnant, and at that point many are too foul tempered to be desirable. “PMU” foals can be very rewarding to work with, as they frequently have not been handled before rescue, and for all intents and purposes should be considered wild.

PMU Mares

These are some of the older, original rescue pictures from 2001 when Premarin (pregnant mare urine) dosages were determined by the FDA as being too high for treatment of menopausal women and the dosages were dramatically decreased. As a result the Premarin mare 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!!! IMAG0072


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