||Five months old|
is a PMU foal, that is, she come out of a Urine Production
Farm up in Canada. There are a lot of her sisters, brothers, cousins
born every year. They are bi-products of a drug called Premarin.
Although 40-50,000 of these babies get sold to auction and some of
them to slaughter, I found a way to communicate with farmers up there
and myself and a friend went up to see them in August 1998.
Chantilly stole my heart away from me, It's never been the same
since! Through many shipping companies' prices almost made it
necessary for me to leave her behind, I found one willing to ship her
for under $600.00! She arrived at my home state, (Oregon) last week.
So many good people helped me arrange transport and tried to help me
get her down, I feel she is the baby pet of many states, including
Chantilly is a cross between a Saddlebred Momma and a Belgium Draft
Daddy. And since her mom is a Urine Production Mare, Chantilly is my
first PMU foal, and will have the brand of the production farm that
is now getting involved in helping these babies find homes in the
USA! This is a new endeavor of a bridge between these farms and USA
owners wishing to adopt them...I AM PROUD! Isn't she just a darlin? I
love her so much already.
I have been researching on these horses and their plight for almost two
years now. It took connections to a gal that knew someone within the
RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and a gal that is a Constable
for the Canadian Humane Society, to get my very first connection to a
PMU facility. Over the next two years and several $400.00+ phone bills,
I now have about 12 contacts in the industry and most of these are
willing to let private adoptions go on as long as the barn and his
family are not in any danger!
A PMU baby is not for every one. They are pasture raised, and not
handled much. But most of their moms are quiet and accepting, and the
babies learn that from mom... But they're still wild! They need to
be broken to halter, and to lead, and sometimes they are so
emotionally needy they lean on you 70% of the time and the other 30%
of the time they're trying to kick the snot out of you... Go figure? (
LOL) Much like horses out in pastures in the USA, that have not been
handled, but I am finding that with these half drafts babies, they
tend to be more open to "meld" into your training aspects than most
other wild babies I had a chance to work with.
The PMU baby is not for the first time owner! But once gentled and
halter broken, leading quietly, feet desensitized for farrier (three
weeks) they could easily be handled by the novice. These are not
mustangs, nor are they "Jugheads," these are just the same as you and
I would see in someone's back pasture that had not had time to handle
them. They need training and you have to approach them with a bit of
respect. But in time, they'll be wonderful mounts for anyone given
the proper foundation training.
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