||Two years old|
||Belgian Draft Horse|
||Elbert, Colorado, USA|
is a rescue horse. He just turned two. It's a miracle that he
lasted long enough for me to find him. He is what they call a PMU foal.
Blue's mother was a production mare. She produced Pregnant Mare Urine.
Pregnant Mare Urine is used to make a drug called Premarine - hence it's
name. Women going through menopause use it, of course there are
synthetic versions, but the original product is still in demand. Blue's
mother had foaled him about 1-2 months earlier when it was time to breed
her again. Since she was a draft horse (bigger horse - more urine), they
attempted to use a smaller stud horse. Her back was broken and she was
euthanized. Somehow baby Blue was not sent to the slaughter house - as
most PMU foals are - but rather wet nursed from another mare and was
cared for by the PMU farmers family. Another strike against Blue is that
he really is Blue - in color. Now, since he is a Belgian and they are
for the most part a color breed, he could not be 'teamed' up with
another to sell as a working pair. Once again, somehow when the normal
time comes for the foal crop to go to the slaughter house, he didn't go.
A horse rescue facility in my local area took interest in these PMU
babies and went up to the Dakota's to strike a bargain. She meet some
PMU people, who actually were interested in the welfare of their stock.
(just like all the other horror stories, there are responsible farmers
out there too.) She brought home her first PMU babies, and I found Blue.
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