Anna Twinney and the gentling of rescued Premarin mares and foals

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Rescued Premarin Mares. Photo by Anna Twinney.
Photo by Anna Twinney


I have made it my life’s mission to give a voice to the voiceless through gentle ways of both training horses and coaching individuals on effective communication.

For almost 2 decades I have gentled PMU mares, colts and foals in both Canada and the United States; all of which have been rescued directly from the PMU industry.

As part of the mission of Reach Out to Horses® we support many rescues, in all parts of the globe.

Through our unique program we work with and gentle untouched PMU foals, nurse foals and slaughter bound foals as well as captured mustangs. Our goal is to give them a second chance at life and happiness.

By working with them and bringing their plight into the light of day, these rescues are no longer misunderstood. Their needs are met and prospective guardians are given the tools to support both them and their new found companions.

The lessons these magnificent horses have taught me are both humbling and astounding and have touched the hearts and minds of the hundreds of individuals who have ventured down this road with me. Additionally, the horses have brought to life a completely new aspect to the horsemanship I practice and teach all over the world.


Initially challenged to understand their perception and needs I would best describe the mares approach to training as: “Green and yet remedial”. They feel a constant pressure to protect themselves and are willing to go to any lengths, no matter how extreme, to do so. Handled only for management, they remain unsocialized. Their interaction with humans and their understanding of domestication has scarred their initial ability to see our worth.

To address the damage that may have been caused we relate to them from our own personal experiences of abuse. For we are no different. They have the same capacity to feel as we do and the very same emotions. Physically their bodies are often beaten up, emotionally they have been used as breeding machines, or worse, and have lost their loved ones in the process with no support or explanation. Their freedom taken from them and personal needs ignored, the lucky few hold no baggage as they accept their role in life, while others lose their spirit to continue.

Instead of defaulting to their natural instincts of flight, many have learned to resort to fight for protection. Once one understands this mindset and treats them as one would an untouched horse an opportunity for interaction and training can often be found. Therefore my work with them begins at ground zero as I create time and space for trust to override their initial concerns. Even though they will always remember their previous experiences, in most occasions, they will learn to trust and love again, and regain some of their stolen lives back.


The foals usually come to me around the tender age of 3 months with feedlot numbers still shaved into their sides. Nutritionally deficient, wormy, sometimes flea infested, and occasionally with diseases like OCD, they require extreme support. Some of the innocent one’s never look back. They settle into a new positive life with humans. But most arrive frightened, stiff and quivering. They may give the appearance of a caged animal, try to hide in the corner of a pen, disassociate from their bodies or do whatever they can to protect themselves from the unknown circumstances in which they find themselves.


These are their very first impressions since they were corralled, put through shoots, trailered and sent on their way. We have just one chance to connect with them, to earn their trust, and to prove that they are safe with us. Its through this initial contact that we make the impact for the rest of their future!

The light at the end of the tunnel for me and for these precious beings is that we have the time-tested ROTH methodologies. I know they work. I have used them with thousands of horses. And I am proud to say that all the foals that have come into our care and our program are living successful, happy lives, and are cared for by amazing, compassionate people.

This is not an unsolvable problem. Together we can put an end to these cruel practices and I am blessed and honored to play my small part as I learn from these majestic creatures just as much as I teach.


Reach Out to Horses reaches out to Premarin foals (video)

Reach Out to Horses reaches out to Premarin foals (video)

From feral foals to foals in training, Anna Twinney shares her Reach Out to Horses® methods with students from around the globe as they gentle untouched foals rescued from Canadian slaughterhouses.

As a by-product of the Premarin family of drugs, these weanlings have found sanctuary at Ray of Light Farms.

Embarking on their week’s training, you can witness their progress as they are introduced to saddle blankets (in prep for blanketing), picking up feet and taking their first steps.


Anna Twinney is the founder of Reach Out to Horses®, based in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado.

As an internationally respected Natural Horsemanship Clinician and Trainer, Animal Communicator and Reiki Master she travels the world teaching the art of creating a trust-based partnership between Humans, Horses and all Animal Companions.

She has conducted clinics, classes and training sessions in Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, New Zealand and throughout the entire United States.

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March for Premarin Horses starts right here, right now

Welcome to the month of March, a time of year when we focus on a key horse welfare issue for the entire month.

This year we are marching once again for Premarin Horses. Let’s get started.

A particular item to note is that Aprela ― after many years ― was finally approved by the FDA.

It just so happens the FDA approved it during the federal government shutdown October, 2013.

The most surprising aspect of the FDA’s approval (besides the approval itself) is that Pfizer changed the name of the drug in what appears the final moments. Instead of Aprela, the newest member of the Premarin family of drugs is called Duavee.

Notice Pfizer (who bought out Wyeth, for our purposes the originators of these hormone replacement therapy drugs) opted to market the new drug without the familiar word “Prem” in front of it.

While Aprela is a gentle sounding name, Duavee is nondescript. Neither name hints at the dangers associated with drugs made from conjugated equine estrogens.

In case you are new to this issue, or have not heard the term conjugated equine estrogen, the name Premarin is taken from these letters: pregnant mare’s urine. That pretty much sums up where these drugs come from.

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The Premarin family of drugs are hormone replacement therapy drugs produced using the estrogen rich urine of pregnant mares, and prescribed for the treatment of symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes.

At the center of March for Premarin Horses is our Premstoppers Campaign.

Some of you are already taking part and we thank you. Everybody else, come on, jump on board and help out.


A donation from you will help pay for activities such as rallies, leafleting, mail outs and visits to doctors’ offices. We are also organizing open forums on this issue in major medical centers where staff can come and hear a brief lecture and learn about what is in these drugs, and what happens to the mares and foals that are being used and cast off by this industry.

Thank you everyone. Let’s March for Premarin Horses!


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Say no to Pfizer’s DUAVEE® and yes to safer alternatives; Dec. 2, 2013; by Jane Allin
Tell doctors not to prescribe Premarin’s new sister drug Duavee; Nov. 20, 2013; by Jane Allin
Downright cruel says breast cancer sufferer about Prempro, Pfizer; Sept. 12, 2013; by Vivian Grant Farrell
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Pfizer anti Premarin flyers drifting in

Premarin Civil War Deaths Flyer Artwork

Isn’t it funny how some things work out and in ways you least expect.

A friend of a friend of yet another friend has a niece who is working in New York, who just happens at the moment to be employed at Pfizer. She mentioned that she noticed some mail coming in with cute little horses on it, having to do with one of their drugs, Premarin.

Staff were looking at the flyer and talking about it. One employee looked stunned, commenting she didn’t know Premarin was made from pregnant mare’s urine. Some were making copies of the flyer to show to friends.

When we asked how many flyers she saw, she said about 20 – 30.

Now this is one department, and we know more than that have been sent. However, our public outreach is in the many thousands, not only through our email list, but also through social media and this blog.

Can you imagine if even half of the people we asked to send the Premarin flyer, sent it? Pfizer would be littered with them. And what a statement that would make, right?

Maybe you are thinking, what’s the use, Pfizer are never going to listen to us. They are never going to stop making a multi-million dollar revenue-producing drug.

Perhaps not. But they could eventually be persuaded to replace Premarin with a new HRT drug that did not involve horse waste and make them as much if not more money.

Look at the impact that handful of flyers had.

Sending this flyer to Pfizer also alerts them to the fact that we are keenly aware of this issue and we are not going to forget these horses or let them forget either.

We are asking everyone who reads this post to get an envelope and a stamp, and address it to one of the addresses below. Print the flyer (pdf, 1 page), fill it out and mail it.

Bullet Pfizer Million Horses Have Died Flyer

Contact Information

Mr. Olivier Brandicourt
President and General Manager, Primary Care
Pfizer Inc.
235 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

you may also send it to:

Mikael Dolsten
Worldwide Research & Development
Pfizer Inc.
235 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

Ian Read
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Pfizer Inc.
235 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

On behalf of the horses suffering and dying to produce the Premarin family of drugs, we thank you.