Young exuberance greeted elderly wisdom in October at Ryerrs Farm for Aged Equines. Thirty-five foals were brought from pregnant mare urine (PMU) ranches to the farm in Pottstown, Penn., for a brief respite before their adoptive owners took them home.

This was the second time Ryerss hosted a PMU foal adoption in cooperation with the North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC). The urine from pregnant mares is used to produce hormone replacement therapy medication for women to alleviate menopause symptoms and prevent osteoporosis and other life-threatening diseases. There are approximately 35,000 broodmares currently involved in PMU ranching, and each year in September the ranchers sell weaned foals privately or through auctions. The horses range from draft crosses to Quarter Horses and Paints.

For more information about NAERIC visit Visit to get a glimpse of the retirement facility and its residents.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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