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    08-27-2008, 08:12 PM
  #1
Foal
Where can i get a pmu foal or mare?

I was wondering where anybody might know where a good place to get a pmu mare or foal for free or really cheap or maybe a horse rescue place in tx and around tx
     
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    08-27-2008, 10:52 PM
  #2
Yearling
Errrr whats a pmu? And where are you?
     
    08-28-2008, 04:25 AM
  #3
Weanling
OK.

Number 1, you know that PMU isn't a breed... right? That PMU means Pregnant Mare Urine, and that PMU horses are mares that are used for the production of it.

Number 2, PMU horses require people who have dealt with young horses and horses that have been in conditions VERY different from anything you might have in your little barn in your backyard.

Number 3, do you have the money to care for a PMU mare or foal for it's whole life?

Here are a couple of sites that I had found in MY search for PMU horses:

Hopeforhorses.com
Pmurescue.org

Both have horses in Texas.
     
    08-29-2008, 10:09 PM
  #4
Foal
I know what pmu mares and foals are when there old enought they get them wenned and send them to slauter houses in mexico and kill them for there meat and the mares when they are at a point to where thay can't have any more babys they send them to slauter houses like the foals
     
    08-30-2008, 04:30 AM
  #5
Trained
Pmurescue.org :)
     
    08-31-2008, 01:27 PM
  #6
Showing
Are you sure a PMU foal is what you want? Have you ever bought one before? I would recommend talking to a few people and doing research first. Owning a draft or a draft cross and getting a PMU foal are 2 totally separate things :)
     
    08-31-2008, 02:09 PM
  #7
Weanling
Too true. I've done a TON of research. And I've decided to look at other rescues for my first few years of owning horses, and later, once I get more information and knowledge, get a pmu foal. Here are a couple more questions I have for you:

1. Have you dealt with young foals that have had virtually NO human contact, except for people herding them somewhere that they dont' want to go?
2. Can you train a strong-willed colt or filly to do what you're asking him/her to do?
3. Half of the PMU horses are NOT drafts, but light horses. But yet, most horses that go out to people ARE drafts. Do you know how to work with a draft? Large horses in general?
4. We're not talking about that cute little foal at your stable there... we're talking about a young horse that has had no human contact, almost a wild horse. Horses that may not have "perfect" conformation, temperament, bloodlines, etc. Will you be OK with owning a horse like that for its ENTIRE life?
5. Are you willing and eager to put in the amount of time and energy that you need to? These foals need at least an hour or two each day, just spending time with them, caring for them, etc.
6. Can you afford the LONG-TERM commitment? At the moment, it seems like you're just wanting a cute foal for free, or for a cheap price. These guys need a lot of long-term care. Not all are extremely healthy. If you're wanting a cheap horse, look for a plush toy.
7. Can you train a horse? From foalhood to adulthood? These aren't some little foal that has had imprint training from birth. These foals are very much wild horses. And if you get one that's older (yearling, two year old, etc), you'll have even more problems. Can you deal with that?
8. Are you experienced enough to handle a horse like this? (this is one of the things I had to ask myself... and the answer came back as "no" for me. So I'm going to wait on pmu's for a while...)
9. What is your primary reason for wanting one? That is a biggy. I wanted to help horses... but I know others who just want a cheap/free horse.
10. Do you know anybody in your area that has worked with PMU horses and/or foals? Will you be able to get the help that you will need?

Answer those questions. Not necessarily to me... but to yourself. If you feel that you're answers mean that you should get one... by all means. Just be careful before rushing into something.
     
    08-31-2008, 04:46 PM
  #8
Foal
The reason I want a pmu horse or foal is to acully work with the horse and save the animals life for a vary horrible death
     
    08-31-2008, 05:22 PM
  #9
Weanling
I can understand that. But oftentimes, if you have no idea what you're doing, you may be "saving" the horse from one demise, and putting it into another, even though you're TRYING to help. Please just answer those questions for yourself. Here are a few links to things that might also help you see if this really is for you:

http://www.prismpmufoals.com/id66.html
http://www.springhillrescue.com/pmu.shtml
http://www.pmurescue.org/faq.php
http://www.dreamchaserpmu.org/Adoption%20Criteria.pdf
http://uan.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/frm/f/866109172
http://www.hopeforhorses.com/PMU.htm (click on Adoption Information)
http://www.unitedpegasus.com/Application_CA.html (this is general information YOU need to answer)

Hope that you'll get some information answered. I'm still planning to get a PMU foal... but I'm going to wait until I'm in college... when I will have more time for it.

If you REALLY want to save a foal from slaughter... don't get one that is currently in Texas. Ship one over from Canada. It'll cost a lot... but like you said... it'll be worth it.
     

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