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Pirate, a mini mascot, pleases the kids at Equine Voices’ 8th

Annual “Very Special Horse Event.”

clots and diabetes. Courts have awarded millions to women who have been harmed. And there is suff ering on the beginning and end in the PMU farms.

Not only are those tens of thousands of foals born each year just to die, unnoticed. But their dams are forced to stand in “pee-lines” for years of enforced confi nement and collection. Every mare Karen has rescued, or helped someone adopt, was in the same tortured condition: Feet that had lost their natural shape, legs that hardly worked, a blank look in their eyes. T e look of a once noble horse who had lost its soul. T e empty-eyed look of the standing dead. Pomroy wonders if the doctors who prescribe this type of hormone replacement drug ever looked into the eye of a sad and broken mare. Or touched an unnoticed foal...She

wonders if the women prescribed these drugs are aware of the suf- fering that goes into producing them, or the potential harmful side eff ects of using them. Were they ever told of the natural and synthetic alternatives to pregnant mare urine therapy? Karen and the 150 volunteers at Equine Voices last year racked up

over 16,000 volunteer hours saving and rehabilitating mares and foals. T ey have as their mission to inform as many women as possible about not only the suff ering but also the alternative treatments for hormone replacement products. Alternatives such as bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and many natural herbal treatments have been used and found eff ective for hundreds of years. T ere are also new synthetic drugs made without pregnant mare urine. Karen suggests women ask their doctors about alternative treat- ments. Equine Voices has many alternatives, and much more helpful information, listed on their website At Equine Voices, Karen has designed a wide

variety of programs where folks who have always wanted to know horses, but never had the chance, can meet horses and learn basic, and even not so basic, horsemanship skills from qualifi ed staff and once discarded horses. Their volunteer program is specifically de-

signed not only to rehabilitate the horses but also to teach horsemanship to anyone who would like to learn. Volunteers also learn important life skills

“Since Gulliver found Karen and raised his plea for help, Equine

Voices has helped rescue over 400 mares, foals and other horses. Karen and the 150 volunteers at Equine Voices last year racked up over 16,000 volunteer hours saving and rehabilitating mares and foals.”


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