From the Editor
Where Will All the Horses Go?
We as horse lovers are faced with a monumental problem - cleaning up the messes of big business. The current PMU situation is dire - thousands and thousands of innocent horses need homes. Please read "Of Interest" in this issue and see what has been (and will continue to be) going on. Another Chance 4 Horses Rescue and Placement has just orchestrated a large adoption placing 50 PMU foals into US homes. That may seem like a drop in the ocean, but it is still a lot of lives, and it is a good start. There is much more work to be done.
Some possible solutions:
If I were a PMU farmer, I would check into NARHA, EAGALA, EPONA and the like, and see about setting up a center - horses are great therapy for humans, and we all know we could benefit from a little therapy, especially if it is right there on our own premises.
If I were a breeder, I would hold off on breeding indefinitely for the good of all horsekind and put my efforts into helping PMU mares find homes.
If I ran a horse rescue, I'd call Wyeth for money to relocate some horses to my rescue (Wyeth has offered to help with transportation costs).
If I were Wyeth, I would also consider putting some of the profits made on the WNV vaccines (made by their veterinary division, Fort Dodge , and required to be given to all the PMU mares) back into the re-homing of these innocent animals who have served the company so well.
We can all learn from this, and we can all help in one way or another; let's help these horses find homes. The present situation isn't going to change soon - there are many lovely, innocent horses awaiting their fate, and many will be canned unless we provide them with a better option.
Do you want to help big business clean up its mess? Neither do I, but I will, for the horses. It is the right thing to do. We can manage to hold off on breeding, divide a pasture or paddock, scrape the change off the dresser and put it towards rescue efforts, re-prioritize things in our lives, and offer a horse a new home. If nothing else, we can volunteer for a rescue. Bear in mind these horses are probably pregnant and WNV vaccinated (whatever that means to you), and they may still have foals by their sides if they were born late. Tell all your friends!
Christy Sheidy at 610-488-1426, email: Christy@anotherchance4horses.com
Kathy George at 434-384-9465, email: firstname.lastname@example.org