Mares in the pregnant mare urine (PMU) industry spend decades in stalls, impregnated and hooked up to machines to collect their urine. The urine is used in many human medications. Sometimes, the mothers are only allowed three months with their foals before they’re removed. Some foals join their mothers on the PMU lines, while others are sent to slaughter.
The Duchess Sanctuary, operated by The Fund for Animals in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States, is a 1,120-acre facility south of Eugene, Oregon, that’s an oasis for about 200 formerly abused, abandoned, neglected, and homeless horses. Many of these horses were mares rescued from the PMU industry, along with their offspring. Other residents include orphaned mustangs, as well as horses rescued from auctions and feedlots.
One of these rescued horses who reside at Duchess Sanctuary got to enjoy the first snow of the year in Oregon. In the video below, you can see her rolling around in the snow and wagging her tail like she’s a big dog. She stands up, shakes the snow off, runs around and then gets right back on her side to roll around again. She LOVES it!