Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Arastangrider is partially right...
Pregnant mare's urine contains a hormone that we human women can use to help depression and other effects of menopause - the product that they make the hormone in the urine is called Premarin - PREgnant MARes urINe.
Premarin has been rendered useless because scientists have found a cheaper synthetic hormone to use in medications.
.. just in addition, I think there is a large lawsuit out against Premarin (and similar drugs) because there might be a link between it and cancer... can anyone confirm this?
The PMU (Pregnant Mares' Urine) foals are simply a by-product of the money-making hormone that is found in the urine... but they aren't usually killed at the ranch - the PMU ranch owners usually run the foals through an auction and inadvertently the meat buyers buy some because they are so cheap.
However: a lot of these PMU ranchers rely on rescues to buy these foals from them and then adopt them out to good people .. however, by doing this, they are creating a market for these PMU foals.. think puppy mill if you will.
Anyways, the PMU ranchers usually won't kill the foals, they will sell them off to make a few extra bucks.
As I said, the market for PMU for the hormone has been put out of business by the synthetic drug, so most (if not all) PMU barns have shut down.
What confounds me is that years ago (when I was thinking of getting a PMU foal) the foals were $300, maybe $600, and now I look at the website in the first post and most of the horses are for sale for over $500 - even getting into the multi-thousands of dollars.. does this sound like a rescue?
To me it doesn't. Rescue horses should be for sale for the few hundreds' range, not thousands.
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