Ray of Light has partnered with Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary (EARS) in this effort. Among thousands of unwanted “Premarin” foals across the country that are a by-product of Premarin* (an estrogen replacement therapy) production, these foals are lucky to find a home.
World-renowned Equine Specialist Anna Twinney will be joining us at Ray of Light Farm for several days, from December 5th – 14th, dedicating her time to facilitate the gentling process. The entire process will be filmed for a DVD on Foal Gentling and Handling to be released in 2010. The event is also open for public viewing. A small donation is requested that will go towards caring for the foals. The intention is to educate people about the little known and often confusing topic of foal gentling and training, with a concentration on the interaction between horse and human.
Great care will be taken at every turn to ensure the well being of the horses, and the training will help to ensure the successful adoption of the foals.
In both 2007 and 2008, Ray of Light Farm partnered with Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary to rescue Premarin foals. Media coverage was instrumental to the successful adoption of many foals into loving homes.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, prospects for PMU foals are not good: “Foals are allowed to nurse and be with their mothers for only three to four months-instead of the normal six-month period. When the time comes for the mares to return to the collection barns, the farmers dispose of surplus foals. A few female foals may be kept for future PMU production, and some farmers even breed registered horses in hopes of selling the foals as riding prospects. Thousands of remaining foals are sent to unsheltered feedlots until they reach a desirable market weight. There they are slaughtered and their carcasses shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption.” (http://www.hsus.org/horses_equines/issues/the_facts_about_premarin.html).
Bonnie Buongiorne, Ray of Light’s founder, is grateful for a third opportunity to help: “Times are tough right now, but with the help of many, we’ll find a way to help these horses.”
About Ray of Light
Ray of Light Farm, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c) 3 public charity incorporated in 2004. Ray of Light offers a wealth of Community Programs for “children of all ages” and is committed to helping people make a positive connection with life through animals. Ray of Light depends upon the generosity of sponsors and donors to support its efforts. A Ray of Light Farm brochure is enclosed for your reference.
*Premarin® is a conjugated estrogen product extracted from pregnant mares’ urine (PMU). It is manufactured by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc., and is most commonly prescribed for estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) to relieve hormonal deficiency symptoms associated with menopause or hysterectomy. More recently, it has been prescribed to help prevent osteoporosis and heart disease. Premarin® is the most widely used ERT drug, marketed for more than 50 years, and currently administered to more than nine million American women. (http://www.hsus.org/horses_equines/issues/the_facts_about_premarin.html).