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Date:4/18/2014 12:52:50 PM
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Thanks, I'm glad you're enjoying my blogs and videos. Yes, we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful valley!

How are you today? I'm feeling better. I guess those antiobiotics have finally kicked in. And I'm a bit earlier tonight so I'm hoping that I can write a better blog tonight.

And since I'm feeling game for a real blog, I thought I'd touch on a controversial subject, Premarin.

Premarin is an estrogen replacement drug that is made from the urine of pregnant mares in the last 6 months of their pregnancy. It has been manufactured since 1924.

Much of the bad rap that surrounds this drug comes from the fact that the mares often lived, and perhaps still do, in cruel circumstances. They were bred every year, not unusual for many brood mares, and kept confined in a stall for half of every year of their often shortened lives.

Many were kept restrained so that even in their stalls they could not move around. Horses are created to move and eat continually and many health problems arise from this maltreatment.

The foals that were born were usually slaughtered soon after birth, an unwanted by product of the drug. Most of these mares were draught breeds, mainly Belgians and Percherons, because the larger the horse, the greater amount of urine.

However, steps have been taken and farms that participate in providing the ingredient necessary for this drug are, or should be, routinely inspected.

It's not uncommon now for breeding farms to make some extra income from this through their pregnant mares. And now that the drug is also shown to be dangerous in large amounts, patients are taking less of it and smaller horses are being used.

You may be asking why I brought this up. Obviously you've seen the connection to Percherons. Eddie is also directly connected.

He came from a fancy Percheron breeding farm in the East. They bred show horses and elegant carriage horses. The foals are pure bred Percherons registered in the national club. And the pregnant mares produce lots of the necessary ingredient of Premarin. In short, Eddie's mother is a Premarin mare.

He was actually bought with another gelding as one of a 2 year old driving pair. Unfortunately, his brother died of colic some years ago. I've seen photos of the two of them hitched up together. They were a gorgeous team!

I'm learning a lot about Percherons that I didn't know. I hope you are too! Did this blog make up for my short ones? :)

Today's video is not to be taken too seriously.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXBe9def40U

I hope you're having a nice weekend.
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