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Note from editor:  Since we first posted this article, Premarin has been shown to not live up to expectations although it is still on the market.  Now, farms are selling off mares and this is a new problem.  Please help those organizations trying to help keep these horses from slaughter.


From The United Pegasus Foundation:


There are approximately 450 premarin farms in Canada and 50 farms in the U.S.A. with an estimated 60,000 mares in urine collection barns.  Seventy percent (70%) of the foals from these mares are destined to slaughter every year.


Tell your doctor about the facts on Premarin!  Educate your friends and other about Premarin:


This is what you can do to help - ask your doctor to prescribe one of the following alternatives to Premarin:


    CENESTIN by Duramed, soy and yam                       ORTHO-EST by Ortho-Mcneil, totally synthetic, from yams.

    CLIMARA by Berlex, beets and yams                       PROVERA by Upjohn, soy

    ESTRACE by Mead/Johnson, yams and soybeans      ESTINYL by Sherine, totally synthetic

    ESTRATAB  by Solvay, soy                                      ESTRADREM by Ciba, sweet potato

    OGEN by Unjohn, vegatable sources


If you would like to send a donation to our RESCUE-A-FOAL-FUND, please mail checks to:


The United Pegasus Foundation

120 S. First Avenue, Arcadia, CA   91006


Donations are tax deductible.  For more information call 626-279-1306 or visit


Editor's Note:  UPF has a few Arabian and Arabian crosses for adoption.  Their ranches are located in Tehachapi and Hemet, California




Protect your Horse from Being Lost or Stolen (reprinted with permission from the Human Society of the United States)

Horse theft is not just a legend of the Wild West. Every day, horses are reported missing or stolen—an estimated 40,000 annually in the United States. Horses can also disappear following natural disasters such as hurricanes, fires, and floods. Once lost, horses are very difficult to recover; many are quickly sold at auctions to slaughterhouses. To keep your horse safe, follow these tips.


Keep proof-of-ownership documents in a secure place. Photos, registration papers, and health records will help identify your horse and prove ownership in the event your horse is missing. The photographs should be clear and current and show your horse from all four sides to highlight his identifying marks.

bulletHave your horse permanently identified. You can have your horse permanently identified by microchip or freeze brand. If you have your horse microchipped, be sure to register the microchip with a national registry.
bulletDon't leave a halter on your horse. Halters make it easier for thieves to catch horses. This is a safety issue, too: A halter might get caught on something and cause your horse to be trapped. Also, do not leave halters hanging near gates where thieves might enter.
bulletLock gates and barn doors. Locked gates and barn doors often will deter a thief, but be certain that they do not create a fire hazard.
bulletErect sturdy fencing around your property. Wire fencing is easily cut by thieves.
bulletRestrict access to your property. To prevent easy access to your horse by unauthorized vehicles, block farm lanes and driveways that are in remote areas or far away from your residence.
bulletWhen possible, move your horse to an area where she can be seen from your residence or the roadway. This is particularly important at night, when theft is most likely to occur.
bulletInstall motion-activated lights to illuminate the areas where you keep your horse at night. Mount the lights on barn buildings or fences so they will turn on if anyone approaches the barn or field.
bulletConsider purchasing monitors or alarms. Video monitors and alarm systems can be wired to your residence.
bulletInform your local animal control agency and police department of any suspicious activities. Be sure to write down a description of the people and vehicles involved, including the vehicle license plate number. Encourage your neighbors to watch for suspicious activity, too.
bulletImmediately report a horse theft or disappearance to the appropriate law enforcement agency in your area. Also, provide a written description and photographs of your horse to livestock auctions in your area and in surrounding states. Post flyers offering a reward for information leading to the safe return of your horse. Contact local media with your story.

Finally, consider visiting horse slaughterhouses in your state and in neighboring states; there have been several cases of horses being recovered at these facilities when owners have acted quickly. The Humane Society of the United States can provide you with a list of horse slaughterhouses in the United States.

Copyright 2000 The Humane Society of the United States. All rights reserved.

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