Hi I am new here but wanted to share my own personal experience with PREMARIN…..First I have to say that I remember my mother using PREMARIN 15 years ago and felt nothing wrong with it at all until I got the facts and decided to find out for myself by going on a tour of the facilities (Veterinary Student) at Cal Poly in CA.
The barns looked very clean but (remember this was a controlled barn who had a 3 month warning of our coming) and this tour was sponsored by the the pharmicutical companies. The horses there were over 130 mares (online) at the time, many were appendex 1/4 horses and draft crosses, the tie stalls were only 4 foot wide and there were concrete slabs to lay on, that is if they could lay down (many could not) the collection devices which looked clean at the time but you could see on some of the mares that there were scars from the harnesses to the devices. Water was withheld to concentrate the urine (I could tell because they were watching the auto waterers very intently and when they came on they drank very very fast).
The look of despair is what I cannot forget, they looked like what POW’s looked like in some of those old war newsreels they sometimes play on the history channel. After that I swore I would never use the product myself but only, use a natural plant extract if I ever needed help in that way. 3 years ago the pharm. co. cut production of its PREMARIN/PREMPRO products and many of these farms lost their contracts so they flooded the slaughter houses with pregnant mares and foals…many USA equine rescue org. came to the aid of these mares and tried to save by adoption many of these mares/foals of which I have one!
When she came to me she was thin, scared to death and untrained, she did not know kindness or love or even a human touch other then being forced from one cattle chute to another and being tied up. I am happy to report she is in excellent health sweet and happy as can be and she is infoal to a paint stallion and due to give birth in march. She will be bred only once. She is arthritic and will never be able to be ridden, but she will have a baby who will stay with her for the rest of her life.
The poor mares on those farms have their foals and within 1 to 2 months they are taken away from the mares and shipped off to feed lots. I wanted another horse and I wanted her to have a positive foaling experience for her. I feel lucky to have her and I hope she feels the same way about me. It is not a hoax about the PMU industry I only wish it were. : (
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