Feather


FEATHER -
Percheron Mare
Former Pregnant Mare’s Urine (PMU) Brood Mare
Age: Late Twenties
Height: 16 hands
Weight: approx 2000lbs

As has been the fate of so many mares since 1942, when the drug industry began using pregnant mare’s urine in hormone-replacement therapies aimed at the symptoms of menopause, Feather spent much of her adulthood in consecutive pregnancies, hooked up to catheters that extracted her urine.

The white brand on her hip tells us she was the property of a Canadian farm. Unfortunately we do not know the details of her time spent anywhere. She was bought at an auction and ended up in the home that she came to us from.

She is a mystery to us in many ways. We have no idea how many foals she’s had, but we do know that one of them is our very own Sonny, who came into being after a mustang stallion made his way into Feather’s paddock in 2013.

Feather and her boy came to us in the summer of 2014, homeless due to their owner’s economic hardship. She was never taught to ride or drive, has no traditional work experience, and at this point in her life isn’t interested in any. Perhaps from her years in confinement, she doesn't like anything put on her body, and that include blankets - something we learned the hard way when trying to blanket her during a bad storm in the winter of 2015. She resented it so much she ran from us for more than a week, angry and that quick to lose her trust in us.

She would make a wonderful companion to another horse, or a human. She is loving and affectionate most of the time and enjoys all meals. She is a super-easy keeper and hardly requires any attention other than the affectionate kind, which she loves very much.

Feather is also a natural alpha mare and will take over a herd very easily, as she has her current herd. Within a week of her arrival, she established herself as the strikingly beautiful big black leader of our mares and the geldings. Feather is a good leader, too, and loves to come to the fence and meet people, especially those with treats for her. She could be adopted out to the right home but her new family would have to understand her and respect that she has already lived a long life of service, and that all she needs now is to live out her golden years as comfortably as possible.