There are over 170,000 unwanted horses in the United States.
That is a staggering number. Southern Maryland is no different when it comes to horses in need. Here are some of the reasons why so many horses and foals find their way to rescues each year.
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue
across US borders to Mexico and Canada to meet a brutal end. The inhumane treatment of the horses during transport and while at the slaughter plants are a disgrace to the human race.
Nurse Mare Foals: Expensive brood mares do not nurse their own foals -- a nurse mare does so the brood mare can be put back into the show ring or go back to the race track. But what happens to the nurse mare's own foal? It is usually tossed aside and left to face an unfortunate fate.
PMU Industry: Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) provides hormones in medicine. In order to continue the production of these certain medications, the mares must continue to be pregnant. What happens to the foals so that they will become pregnant again more quickly? The foal is cast off and left without its mother to care for them.