Last Chance Corral, Athens, Ohio, was established in 1986. This equine charity has an A+ rating as a reputable equine charity. Main focus: horse rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and nurse mare foal rescue.
Nurse Mare Foals
The situations in which Donna Vowles claims in her video that nurse mares are needed fall on my deaf ears. Yes, some broodmares reject their babies, or become too dangerous to handle, die during birth, or cannot produce enough milk. So a nurse mare is brought in to save the baby in crisis. Sounds noble on the surface until you remember that the nurse mare’s foal is put at even higher risk than the broodmare baby in crisis. A nurse mare foal is either killed using inhumane methods, left to die, sold to slaughter, or, if lucky, is picked up by a rescue organization who then must bear the financial costs of artificially nursing a foal via human intervention.
A nurse mare is a mare who was deliberately bred solely for the purpose of producing milk to nurse another horse and not her own foal. The problem is, these mares are impregnated only for their milk (the assets) and the foals (the liabilities) that are born are unwanted.
These unwanted foals may be taken and immediately killed at birth, or left to slowly starve within days. Even though it is illegal in the U.S. to take a foal under the age of six months to slaughter, they are still slaughtered illegally because the “byproducts” of foals is in high demand in some places. This includes their tendons for medical purposes, skins for leather (that “fine Corinthian leather in your car may actually be foal skin), and even for their flesh.
Since 1942, hundreds of thousands of horses have already suffered and died to support the Premarin drug industry. “What No Horse Said Ever. Someday I hope to grow up to be dog food just like my Premarin mom.” The truth is, most of these babies never even get a chance to grow up. Like nurse mare foals they are often slaughtered while young. There are humane alternatives to treating menopause symptoms. Ask your doctor to about alternatives to Premarin — easing your hot flashes and insomnia are not worth the life of a horse, and is not necessary.