I called my dear friend Paley Anderson yesterday to see if she had any resources to offer for a friend whose horses might be in need of some temporary shelter, and she told me of the folks at Spring Hill Horse Rescue, in/near Brandon, VT. Apparently their major work is with what are called 'Premarin Foals and Mares.'
Did you know that Premarin, the hormone replacement therapy, is made from PREgnant MAre urINe? For the 9 million women on the drug in the US right now, 60,000 mares are impregnated and kept in little enclosures 24/7 so their pee can be collected via attached tubing. Most of the 60,000 resulting foals are sold for meat a year after birth, but the folks at Spring Hill go to Canada (this practice is illegal in the US) to rescue foals and bring them back to the US where they get adopted.
There are apparently lots of *synthetic* hormone replacements that can be prescribed, but I guess folks just don't know where their Premarin is coming from, so they keep taking it instead.
Spread the word, folks - this is just abhorent. For more information, please see the info on the Spring Hill Horse Rescue site, at http://www.springhillrescue.com/pmu.html
ETA: Premarin is prescribed for women who have had hystrerectomies, and PremPro for women who still have their uteri, but are having trouble with menopausal symptoms. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals imports the urine from pregnant mares from Canada to make both drugs. Treating horses in this way for this purpose is illegal in the United States.