Join Anna and Special Guests for
A Benefit for Nurse Mare Foals
April 26, 7pm – Le Chateau Restaurant, S. Salem, NY
Babies don’t nurse from other babies.
Their mothers are nurse mares. Nurse mare foals are, primarily, a creation of the horse breeding and race horse industries. An expensive mare is bred to an expensive stud.
Eleven months later her foal is born. Seven to ten days after she gives birth she comes into heat again. To remain profitable, she must be immediately bred again, so that she can have another foal in eleven months, thereby producing the most mature foal for the following year.
The Jockey Club requires thoroughbred mares be bred only by live cover, not artificially inseminated, and the mare must travel to the stallion. The mare’s 7-10 day old foal cannot travel back to the stud/stallion’s farm with the broodmare, as travel is considered to be very risky for the valuable foal. Instead they rent a mare from a nurse mare farm.
In order for the nurse mare to come into milk, she is bred and gives birth to a foal. A request is received from the “expensive foal’s” farm. The mother is taken away from her own foal, often within a day of giving birth, and shipped off to be a surrogate mother to that expensive foal.
What happens to the nurse mare’s foal?
Some are left to starve to death. Some are just given buckets of water or milk – left to fend for themselves – with a feeding option completely foreign and unrecognizable to them.
These foals are referred to as “by-products” of the nurse mare industry. Tragically, these foals – should they even survive – will never know the comfort of their mothers again. Their mothers will never teach them “how to be a horse.”
Reach Out to Horses and a team of equine professionals have come together to save the lives of these mares in foal as well as the foals torn from their mothers, in this industry unfamiliar to most. A combined effort is currently underway to
save foals in immediate need of assistance.
Please join us at Le Chateau for an evening of great food and music. Tickets are only $125 and a significant portion will go towards the rescue of these foals.
For tickets, call (914) 439-7549 or email: email@example.com
Join Us for Nurse Foal Graduation!
This Guy’s Gonna Graduate. Are You Going to Be There?
Join Anna and All the Rescued Foals
As we Celebrate Their Graduation
And a Second Chance at Life
April 28th, Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam, CT
Reach Out to Horses and a team of equine professionals are hard at work rescuing as many nurse foals as they can from a short life of pain, suffering and death. But what good is rescuing them only to subject them to a long life of suffering if they can not find a place to call home?
Enter Reach Out to Horses’ Foal Gentling Clinic with Anna Twinney. In April, Anna and a group of ROTH students will spend a week using Anna’s exclusive trust-based methodologies to gentle these foals, starting their lives with humans off on the right foot and giving them a far greater chance at finding their forever homes.
Can you provide one of them with a forever home? They are all waiting to be adopted. You might even find the horse of your dreams!
Whether you can adopt a foal or not, join us on April 28th as we celebrate their graduation and the rescue that saved their lives. And the best part…
Contact Ray of Light Farm for More details!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-873-1895.
Want to Learn the ROTH Methodologies of Gentling?
Audit the Foal Gentling Clinic – April 23 – 28, 2013
Would you like to know how to create a trust-based partnership with your horse from the very beginning? Have you tried to create a stress-free environment for your horses’ training but didn’t know how?
Well, the bad news is that the Foal Gentling Clinic with Anna is sold out.
The Good News is that you can join us as an Auditor! You will get all the same information, all the techniques, all the communication for a fraction of the cost!
For only $300 you will join us for an entire week and learn all the secrets Anna uses herself to create the genuine, gentle, trust-based relationship with all her horses.
Don’t miss this opportunity to help the rescued Nurse Foals, while learning how you can truly create the relationship with your horse that you’ve only dreamed of.
For more information or to reserve your spot contact Vin at
Anyone can buy a horse – It takes a hero to rescue one.
PMU Foals Rescued in 2010 by ROTH, Equine Angels & Ray of Light Farm
ROTH is partnering once again to rescue foals from certain death! You can literally save a life today!
Reach Out to Horses was developed with the mission of bringing harmony to horses and humans. In the pursuit of that goal, we have been instrumental in the rescue of hundreds of horses and well over a hundred thousand dollars to the horses and the rescues that we have worked with.
And although we are very proud of the work we and our partners have done, we do not plan on stopping, or even slowing down, any time soon.
And 2013 is certainly no exception!
In the past we have focused much of our attention on the P.M.U. industry, saving mares from the abuse of this barbaric practice and the foals, considered an expendable by-product, from certain death. And although we will certainly continue to help in any way we can to put an end to the cruelty that is the P.M.U. industry, this time around, we shed light on a new horrifying practice.
This time we set our sites on the race industry and the practice of Nurse Mares and Foals.
Nurse mares have been around for hundreds of years. They were used if a foal was rejected, or if the mother died while giving birth. This industry started out to be a good thing … since then, however, it has morphed into something much darker and morally unethical… to say the least.
Nurse mares are bred so that they will come into milk. The milk that is produced, however, is used to nourish the foal of another mare – a foal that, commercially, is worth much more money. Her own foal then becomes what the industry terms as a “bi-product” and as such, is destined for the feedlot.
To this end, farms have been established in key locations, throughout the United States, in order to supply “high end” breeders with nurse mares, in a quest to support their expensive foals.
Nurse mare farmers keep lactating mares on their premises before, during and after the foaling season. When a mare’s services are needed for a client, the farmer separates the nurse mare from her natural foal, then ships out the mare.
The natural foal is left orphaned…
Nurse Mare Foals are, primarily, a creation of the horse breeding/race horse industry. An expensive mare is bred to a very expensive stud. Eleven months later she has her foal. Seven to ten days after she gives birth she comes into heat again. To remain profitable, she must be bred again, immediately, so that she can have another foal in eleven months, thereby producing the most mature foal for the following year.
(Note: The Jockey Club requires that thoroughbred mares be bred only by live cover, not artificially inseminated, and the mare must travel to the stallion.)
The mare’s seven to ten day-old foal cannot travel back to the stud/stallion’s farm with the broodmare, as travel is considered to be very risky for the newborn, valuable, foal. Additionally, insurance costs are prohibitive for the foal to travel with its mother. So, instead of putting this foal on a milk replacer product, they rent a mare from a nurse mare farm.
In order for the nurse mare to come into milk, it must have given birth to a foal. The mare is bred and she gives birth to her foal. Once a request is received from the “expensive foal’s” farm, the mother is taken away from her own foal and shipped off to be a surrogate mother, to that expensive foal.
What happens to the nurse mare’s foal?
Some of them are clubbed over the head and killed immediately. Some are just left to starve to death.
These foals are referred to as “by- products” of the nurse mare industry. Tragically, these foals – should they even survive – will never know the comfort of their mothers again… they will never get the chance to learn “how to be a horse” from her…
No foal should be raised without it’s mother.
The Nurse Mare Program DOES exist, however, and likely, will continue to exist. We try to create the best situation possible, for the foal’s, by helping them to survive – every way we possibly can.
Reach Out to Horses and a team of equine professionals have come together to save the lives of these mares in foal as well as the foals torn from their mothers, in this industry unfamiliar to most.
A combined effort is currently underway to rescue horses and foals in immediate need of assistance. Once we have rescued as many foals as we can they will be a part of the 2013 Foal Gentling Clinic, April 23 – 28, at Ray of Light Farm, in East Haddam, CT.
During this week long event, Anna will guide participants and auditors through her exclusive foal gentling process, introducing the foals to first touch, halter, leading, loading and lots more, in a non-stress, compassionate and effective way! The training they receive is priceless and a crucial step to these young horses getting adopted to their forever homes and having that second chance at life.
Significant progress has been made through self-funded efforts of a few selfless individuals…
Now your help is needed as we embark on phase two of the rescue.
Foaling season, for this industry, is now upon us. Many resources are needed in order to insure that we can get the foals to safety, and provide the critical, labor intensive care necessary to their very survival…
How you can become involved:
• Donate now!!! Click here to make your contribution!
• Sponsor a mare/foal
• Foster a mare/foal
• Adopt a mare/foal
• Fund raise!!!
• Media coverage / Public awareness
• Attend the 6-day Reach Out to Horses (ROTH) Foals in Training course as a spectator for just $300 – http://www.reachouttohorses.com/training.html#foal
• Attend graduation day of the Foals in Training clinic with Anna Twinney & ROTH for FREE
THE MORE INDIVIDUALS THAT STEP FORWARD, THE MORE FOALS WE CAN SAVE!!!
Did you know?
It is illegal to send a foal under 6 months of age to horse slaughter. However, foals from one day to six months old, are being skinned and sold for high-end leather. Others who aren’t rescued are sent to slaughterhouses. These foals have no chance at life from the start. Their meat is considered a delicacy in some countries. Horrifically, some countries actually believe that if a foal is skinned while it is still alive the meat will be more tender.
Some nurse mare farms will occasionally give the foals away, but most sell them discreetly for profit. Most nurse mare foals are usually available in January and February. This is when the “season”, so to speak, starts and foaling begins. Generally, the season runs from January to mid-June.
Adopting a foal is literally a life or death decision for one of these innocent nurse mare babies. Adopters are directly responsible for saving a foal from a tragic, brutal death. Sadly, not all of them can be rescued. Rescuers in most cases, must purchase these foals and pay anywhere from $100 to $400 per foal. They also incur all costs of housing, feeding, vet care and training, until the foals can be adopted out to their forever homes. Any and all support is welcome from those willing to help!
Going forward… How do we impact the nurse foal industry?
Work closely with the farm owner in order to reduce the number of the herd … only made possible through qualified placement and adequate funding, as it becomes available to us.
Provide necessary medical treatment and proper nutrition to all that are in our care.
Training and development for all mares and foals, like the ROTH Foal Gentling Week Long Event, so that they are better suited to adoption.
Provide continued support and all the love and in the world to all of these wonderful creatures and their new owners!
Thus far, we have been 100% “self-funded” … in the immediate future, the cost of veterinary care, feed, space and training will make it impossible for us to move forward, without additional support and funding… please help!!!
This is your opportunity to literally save a life.
To save a foal from a certain and cruel death.
Thank You for Helping the Horses!