NURSE MARE‘S – What they don’t want you to know

Click below to see You Tube video of nurse mare foals….just heartbreaking!!!!

If this doesnt make U cry or get angry then nothing will… babies born to die !!! – YouTube.

The nurse mare has been around for hundreds of years. They were used if a foal was rejected, or if the mother died in birth. They started out to be a good thing. Since then it has turned into something far worse.

Nurse mare foals are babies that were born to its natural mother so that her milk will come in.  The milk that she is producing , however is used to nourish the foal of another mare, another more expensive foal.

Primarily these are thorough bred foals, though it is certainly not limited to the thoroughbred industry. A thoroughbreds purpose is to keep racing, keep earning to produce more racehorses. A mare can be re-bred immediately after delivering a foal. Because the Jockey Club requires that thorough bred mares be bred only by a live cover, not artificially inseminated, the mare must travel to the stallion. The jockey club states that it is dedicated to improving the thoroughbred bred breeding and racing industry. They also state that 2,643 stallions bred 52,410 mares in 2008, with another 4 to 5000 expected before the year ends. If only one-quarter of those have nurse mare, that’s around 13,000 foals that are sent to slaughter or used for pony skin, if  they are not rescued. That doesn’t sound like much of an improvement to me! Travel is very risky for newborn racing foals. & insurance costs prohibit the foal from travelling with its mother. At this point, a nurse mare is hired to raise the thorough bred foal. In order for the nurse mare to have milk, she must have given birth to her own baby

mother and foal

Now the light bulb moment.…what happens to the nurse mares foal? some of them are clubbed over the head & killed immediately they are born, some are just left out to starve to death.  These poor babies are referred to as “by products” of the nurse mare mild industry.
These nurse mare foals will never know the comfort of their mothers. He will never get the chance to learn how to be a horse from her. At least the PMU mares (which I will publish later) are allowed to nurse their foals for a while.

However, they do have value…their hides can be sold as “pony skin” in the fashion and textile industry. They can be used to make shoes, purses, expensive leather products, furniture, etc….

It is illegal to send a foal under 6 months of age to horse slaughter. However, foals from 1 day to 6 months old, are being skinned and sold for high-end leather.

The unfortunate ones, who don’t get rescued, are sent to slaughter houses. Most of these foals have no chance at life from the very start. I can’t comprehend how people think that this is an acceptable practice.

Nurse mare foal, waiting to be killed

Their meat is considered a delicacy in some countries. Some countries actually believe that if a horse is skinned while he is still alive…YES…ALIVE (Heinous evil MF’s) the meat will be more tender. What a horrid thought!

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. Anyone can buy a horse – it takes a hero to rescue one. They need your help NOW!

Sadly, not all of them can be rescued. The rescuers still have to purchase these colts. They pay anywhere from $200 to $400 a piece for these colts. As if that isn’t enough, then they have to pay for the cost of raising them, feeding them and vet care, until they can adopt them out.

Don’t buy articles made from horse hide, such as, “Corinthian Leather” (some auto upholstery), clothing and accessories made from “Pony Skin”, and brushes and other items made from horse hair.

I would hate to know that me carrying around a stylish purse, or wearing stylish shoes, caused one of these foals to die.

P.S If you google this, you won’t come up with very much. That tells me that not very many people know about this dirty little secret of the horse industry. Share it with everyone you know. If people can become educated on the horrors these horses face, maybe something will be done to correct it.

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