Has anyone adopted a PMU mare or foal?
I'm doing an assignment at school for an ethics class and my topic is ethical issues in the horse industry. Very broad, I know, haha...but I do need to present for a minimum of an hour so the fact that there is so much information regarding ethics in the horse industry is actually helpful.
Anyways, one section I am doing is the PMU industry. The nature of the project is to present the pros and cons and find a solution. One of the so-called solutions to the 10,000 or so foals (at least) born is slaughter because there aren't enough homes for all the foals and they are often times grade horses. What I was hoping to do is get a story of someone who has adopted a mare or foal and is competing successfully. So if anyone has a story (and pictures! or even better, a video of the horse in the show ring!) that would be very much appreciated!
I adopted a colt from Ranch 1 in Canada when he was 11 mos. old. He is now 6 1/2 and 18 hds! We do mostly trail but we have competed in some local horse shows and some dressage schooling shows. He is a wonderful horse and we love him to pieces!
I know someone that has a PMU horse. She got her at 6 months old I believe. She is a huge palomino and very in your pocket.
I just read what PMU was...sooooooo very sad...
This is a subject that gets my hackles up because there is so much misinformation out there. Make sure your facts are from a reliable informed source and leave the emotions out of it. Of the 5 ranches I've visited, 3 sold all their foals off the ranch and the other 2 had production sales. Some did end up at slaughter sales but not as a reflection of the quality. Right now there are only about 2,000 mares on the line. Most are registered QH, Percheron and Belgian. Some of the best Percherons and Belgians in North America come from these ranches. It is common practice on maiden draft mares to breed them to a light horse so unless the breeding program is specifically producing crossbred foals, the number of grade foals is actually very low.
I have owned 11 foals all from Alberta ranches. Dana's gelding is a good representation of what these ranches are putting out. They aren't throwaway horses.
I know how the industry in Canada works... this is a university class, I cannot expect to pass without doing my research. As of 2010 though, pfizer has contracted farms out of Canada in countries like China because the demand is still there. That is where the grade foals are being produced.
danastark, your horse is lovely, that is exactly the kind of thing I wanted to display, thanks! :)
You are welcome :) We are so pleased w/ how he turned out except a little smaller would have been good. Just ordered a 66" girth as he decided to have a growth spurt at 6 1/2!! Just let me know if you have any questions I might be able to help you with. I purchased him from United Pegasus Foundation. They are actually a TB rescue but got into the PMU rescue field, they aren't doing nearly the number of foals they used to with the cutback in the market for Premarin.
I bought a little PMU mare named Honey. She was a cute little thing but stubborn as a horse could be, and lazy too lol
She stood about 14.2hh and produced quite a few foals. She was about 16yrs when we had her. She was buckskin overo. She had a belly spot on her other side and a spot under her mane.
Check out Phoenix Rising Sanctuary's website. They rehome draft/Nakota cross pmu's. I spotted three of them at a rescue benefit show my daughter participated in and immediately knew where they came from. The Nakota breed adds athletic talent and eye catching color. These three were a grulla, a blue roan, and a bay overo.
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