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post #1 of 14 Old 10-08-2010, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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I wasn't sure where to put this, but here it goes.

In social we have to make a speech to the teacher as if we were trying to propose a law in Canada. I was hoping I could do it on PMU facilities. But, I don't know much about them. I don't even know if there are any in Canada still or if they are in the States or what. I would just like some information on how they breed the mares, where the mares are kept, what they do with the foals, etc. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 14 Old 10-08-2010, 01:53 PM
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The only PMU facilities left, and there are very few, are all regulated to the hilt.

The mares and foals are all decently bred nowadays, and are treated very well. The foals are sold for good money, and generally make very nice sport horses.

If you come across some wormy, fugly, motheaten looking foals and someone tells you they're 'PMU', they're lying just to make money and play on your sympathy.

So whatever it is you're trying to propose, actual law has already done it.
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post #3 of 14 Old 10-08-2010, 04:37 PM
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I don't think there are really any PMU facilities around anymore.
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post #4 of 14 Old 10-08-2010, 05:31 PM
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PMU foals are actually very nice horses. I've known two; both Percheron crosses. They are literally the prettiest horses I've ever seen. Good temperaments, conformation, etc. as well. The mare --a big, black critter with gorgeous movement; she looks like a Friesian cross-- has done very well in English pleasure and is starting to jump now that she's old enough.
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post #5 of 14 Old 10-08-2010, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Ok then. As I had said I don't know much about it and the some of the things that I had seen/heard weren't very good... Well, now I don't really know what to do the speech about.... Any ideas? As I said earlier I have to propose a law to my teacher that affects Canadians. And I would like to do something related to horses. Also, just so you know ahead of time. I don't think banning slaughter would help anything, I think it's better for a horse to be killed quickly than to die slowly from being starved.

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post #6 of 14 Old 10-08-2010, 06:40 PM
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I agree with other folks, from what I've heard PMU horses are nice and well cared for.

Hey, you can talk about making more strict laws on animal abuse! Not sure about Canada, but that's what we definitely need over here!
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post #7 of 14 Old 10-08-2010, 07:20 PM
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I am not sure about now, but about 10ish years ago my Grandpa bought PMU colts shipped to Ontario from out of the western Canada. One was a really nice appy-appyx gelding (blanket) and a paint-paintx filly. Both were well built and had a nice weight to them when we bought them. Pretty sure that there are a few PMU facilities out in Manitoba or Alberta. Try googling PMU farms in Canada.

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-09-2010, 12:17 AM
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Ok then. As I had said I don't know much about it and the some of the things that I had seen/heard weren't very good... Well, now I don't really know what to do the speech about.... Any ideas? As I said earlier I have to propose a law to my teacher that affects Canadians. And I would like to do something related to horses. Also, just so you know ahead of time. I don't think banning slaughter would help anything, I think it's better for a horse to be killed quickly than to die slowly from being starved.
You're assuming a horse has only two choices- slaughter or being starved to death. Over here in the states we have euthanasia too. A responsible person doesn't starve their horse to death. And I would like to think a horse lover wouldn't consider slaughter a viable alternative either. It just seems like such a betrayal to an animal that has give it's live to serving people.

Maybe we should send dogs and cats to slaughter too. No need to waste their meat, I bet they'll eat them overseas somewhere. And we can tan their hides, they would make lovely coats.
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post #9 of 14 Old 10-09-2010, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Of course those aren't the only options for a horse. I'm gearing it more towards irresponsible people and unfortunately there are too many of those. If all owners were responsible we wouldn't have this controversy / problem.
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post #10 of 14 Old 10-09-2010, 04:40 AM
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There are no P.M.U. farms in Ca. It's frowned upon here, as well it should be. The only reason they breed better foals now is because they stand to make more $ off them. , & regulations, smegulations, the mares are still forced to stand in a tiny stall , can't lay down, can't do anything for 9 months out of the year. Then they are turned out in a pasture to foal & then rebred & it starts all over again. Then when the mares are to old or can't have babies anymore, most of em end up in the slaughterhouse. Alot of the babies do to. The thing that gets me is that there are alternative drugs out there. We don't even need these P.M.U. farms. We need to inform the public about it & put these farms outta bussiness..

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