Summer is a beautiful paint mare, 20+ years old. Her adoption fee is negotiable.
Summer was very thin and nursing a foal when she was impounded in August of 2013. She has gained weight now and is sound and healthy.
We tracked down her history from her brand, and learned Summer spent most of her life as a PMU mare. She is now in her early 20s and while she is easy to handle on the ground, she is not broke to ride.
Premarin PMU mares are typically Belgian – Quarter Horses crosses. PMU stands for “pregnant mare urine,” which is the only function these mares are allowed to have. They are impregnated for the hormones that will be produced in their urine.
For most of their 11-month pregnancies, these horses are confined to stalls so small that they cannot turn around or take more than one step in any direction.
The animals must wear rubber urine-collection bags at all times, which causes chafing and lesions.
Once the foals are born, the horses are re-impregnated; this cycle continues for about 12 years.