Originally Posted by tim
As I understand it, the urine is still collected but the mares are bred to nice warmblood horses and the babies produced are known as 'Canadian Sport Horses', and a very nice breed too. They're very versatile and sought after for all around showing. I mean, any pregnant mare will produce hormonal urine when she's pregnant, so why not make the baby worth something too.
For that reason, I didn't think it was so much of a problem anymore. Also, the fact that premarin has been discredited as a viable medication.
I haven't heard anything about nice Warmblood stallions.... my first thought was "but a quality stallion's stud fee is upwards of $2000, where is the profit margin?" ... I would think it would be too expensive, or they're breeding to crappy Warmbloods.
Last I checked, and this was a while ago so you might be right Tim, they used crappy mares and stallions, because they were cheap - sure, some had papers, but what do papers really mean?