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From J.B. Parker - 13 Feb 2007

I was disappointed to see that you hadn't included the nurse mare industry in your horse abuse section.

I grew up on a thoroughbred breeding/racing farm where I saw many nurse mares come through. When a mom rejected her baby, or died during delivery, we would 'order' a mare to nurse the foal and take care of it.

These mares were always underweight, hadn't had their feet done in at least a year, their lower legs and sometimes other parts of their body bled from untreated injuries and infections, and they were only referred to by their number. The 'nurse mares' foal was weaned at 2-5 days old so the mare could be leased out to ritzy thoroughbred farms (the going rate is 3,000).

Usually these foals died (especially the colts). The ones that didn't die were sent through cattle auctions and more than likely went to slaughter.

This is as disgusting as the milk/veal industry and it needs to be addressed.

Reply from Frank and Mary

Dear JB:

Thank you very much for the information. Do you know where we could get any photos that we could use to expose this aspect of horse abuse?

In the Love of the Lord,

Frank and Mary

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