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Malibu the Premarin Mare

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Malibu the rescued Premarin Mare, as she looks now. Source Photo.
Malibu the rescued Premarin Mare, as she looks now. Source Photo.

The name Malibu implies a lovely place that is warm and sunny, but Malibu the mare is not from such a place. She is from a Premarin horse farm that houses horses inside on cold concrete floors.

They are made to stand 24 hours a day for 6 months out of every pregnancy. The mares are kept pregnant because their urine is estrogen-rich during the last 6 months of their pregnancy. Thirst is a constant feeling for them as they are given only small amounts of water so that their urine will be concentrated. Attached to their hind end is a huge cumbersome bag that collects their urine so they cannot move forward, backward, or even lie down. They are tethered to their small miserable stalls so their collection bags do not leak.

Malibu had 9 foals in 9 years that were all sent to slaughter. Horse meat is considered a delicacy in some countries. She had her 10th foal at Watsonville, California where she was saved by Lynn Hummer who is the founder of the rescue.

Lynn has had many a foal born at her rescue. The volunteers who assist at the rescue have many jobs and spend a great deal of their time to keep the horses fed, watered, exercised and on their way to being rehabilitated physically and emotionally.

Slowly Malibu has gained weight, as when she arrived all her ribs were prominent. Lynn thought she might wither away because she had seemed to lose her will to live. Sometimes she stood with tears in her eyes. Some of the Premarin mares die standing on the line. They have been known to just keel over due to the stress placed on their bodies.

I walk to the pasture gate to say hello to all the horses. Malibu hangs back and just eyes me warily. She stands alone as the others come to greet me. She bares her teeth when the other mares come close to her.

I do bodywork on horses and can see that it will be a long time before she ever allows me to touch her—if she ever does. Lynn will never stop trying to make a connection with her. She gives new meaning to the word “rescue” and cares deeply about each and every horse she takes in.

It has been a year, and now Malibu allows herself to be touched—but only for a brief moment. Still, this is a huge step!

When touch from a human hand becomes too overwhelming for her Malibu moves away. She then watches from afar seeming to try to process the fact that the humans mean her no harm in her present circumstances.

Lynn is patient—undemanding of Malibu and unwaveringly hopeful that Malibu will continue on her long path to healing.

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On behalf of horses like Malibu, please be sure to sign our Change.org Petition asking Pfizer to stop making drugs with horse urine. And pass this story along. Thank you.

Anna Twinney and the gentling of rescued Premarin mares and foals

Reach Out to Horses®

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)

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.

Say No to Premarin, Prempro and Duavee button. The Horse Fund.

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
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Horse pee reduces breast cancer risk. Say what?; Jun. 13, 2013; by Jane Allin