Pam Pietsch, Amy Compton, Gloria White, and Glenda Astor – Four Sisters that started Rocky Mountain Foal Rescue! (Shown clockwise from upper left.)
When we learned about foals that were going to slaughter because of the Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) industry, we were appalled! We were compelled to do something for these innocent horses. We started by attending local horse auctions where many of these foals are sold. Many of the babies at these auctions were weaned to young and were very ill. Injuries were common and plainly visible; some were very serious.
We dreamed of giving these young horses a fresh, healthy start since they have so many great years ahead of them. Our idea was to rescue these young babies from being sent to slaughter, nurse them to good health, and find good, caring homes so they may provide many years of enjoyment to their new owners. Although this sounds easy when put on paper, the process is quite extensive and expensive. That is why we need your help!
What We Do
We attend many of the local horse auctions and work with other rescue groups across the US and Canada where foals of the PMU industry are sold. Most of these foals are sold to killer/buyers that purchase them for meat to be sold to foreign markets. We make every attempt to purchase foals before killer/buyers have the opportunity to buy them. There are just too many foals to save and many of them end up in slaughter despite our efforts.
Once a foal is purchased, it will receive a full medical check by a licensed veterinarian. Any medical condition that a foal may have is immediately addressed. Regular veterinary appointments are made to ensure the healing process is progressing as it should. Members, both regular and volunteers, check the horses daily to provide attention and any supplements necessary in promoting good health.
Since the foals we rescue are so young and weaned very early, most will have little or no training whatsoever when we purchase them. This can provide quite a challenge when trying to treat these horses! To overcome this challenge we will spend countless hours with these young horses getting them comfortable with having caring people around them. We also halter break them, teach them to lead and tie. We also make them comfortable with brushing, bathing, and human contact.
We do all of this to prepare them for their new home. These horses become so sweet that it is difficult to think about letting them go. Of course, we have to make room for additional foals so we actively search for loving homes. Again, WE NEED YOUR HELP!