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Horsemen's Voice Newsletter 04-25-04

January 10, 2004

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Reader Feedback

PMU Mares

Fugitive Dust

505 by 2/29

Get F.I.T. in 2004!

Fun Things to do January 10 - 18


Reader Feedback


Reportedly seen on a T-shirt at the Sewanee Writers Conference, circa 1993:

"Just because it didn't happen

doesn't mean it isn't true."

Supposedly said by Tim O'Brien


I love getting notes from my readers in response to what I write here. I would think that people might respond to important things like Fugitive Dust (and I have had plenty of feedback on that), but what really got the most animated responses last week was my throw away line in the little epilog I tack on at the bottom of this newsletter most weeks. For those of you who didn't read that far, here is what I said:

I have a TV here in my office and I have had football on today while I am working on this web site. The TV is behind me, and I only watch when something exciting happens. i.e. on replay. Nancy came in and asked me,


"Who's playing?"

"I dunno. I think it's Georgia and Purdue."

"Who's winning?"

"I dunno."

"Why are you watching, then?"


I just looked at her. It's New Year's day. Football is on. It's a game. What else matters?


Girls don't know nothin'.

First of all, I have to come clean and say that this conversation didn't really happen. But it could have. Just because it didn't happen doesn't mean it isn't true. I often have football on the TV and don't pay attention to the game. (Like right now with the Panthers and the Rams playing) Yes, it's stereotypically a guy thing, but at least a couple of women took exception to it.


Susie Whelpley, is still hoping that the Chicago Bears will miraculously be invited to this year's playoffs, sent me this:

I love football--any football: college, pro, Canadian, arena, you name it, I'll watch it. But I'm the only girl I know who likes football and follows it and understands the game. I feel so lonely. I'll even listen to games on the radio (which I do in the barn from time to time since I teach lessons all day on Sundays). It's interesting to see me cheering and jumping around with a horse on the cross ties, and no other human in sight. So at least one girl understands...

I thought this next note was from Steve Martin because it started out with,

Well, excuuuuuuuuuse, meeeee!!!

But, no, it was from UGA alumna Janie Enter. She took exception to my characterization of the Georgia/Purdue game as being boring.

You know what is wrong with New Mexico?  The very fact that they pay NOOOOOOOOOOOOO attention to UGA (The proud and mighty University of Georgia, Athens, GA, the oldest land grant college in the nation. Heck, it was a college long before New Mexico even became a state).  On at least three occasions this year, the local TV stations, who were broadcasting highly exciting, nail-biting UGA football games (they aren't called the Heart Attack kids for nothing), switched to some local team who got the stuffing kicked out of them by playing some highly ranked team, like UGA.  Now, who in their right mind would want to watch that kind of a ho hum game?  Geez, and it doesn't help that there are two UGA alums and 10 Purdue alums in our family.  Next time, watch the game.  It turned out to be a nail biter.....and overtime to boot.  Grumble, grumble, grumble.....maybe that pink duster would look great on you!  Janie - who is a girl and DOES KNOW SOMETHING!

I told Janie that I really WAS paying attention to her beloved UGA football team, but I had to give her a hard time about how hard they were trying to lose that game. UGA was up over Purdue 24-0 in the second quarter and 27-17 midway through the fourth. Purdue missed the on-side kick after getting the score to 27-24 with two minutes to go. All that UGA had to go was run three simple running plays, and punt, and Purdue would only have about 20 seconds left. But, no, UGA fumbled, which allowed Purdue to tie it up with a field goal and send it into overtime. Then UGA tried again to give the game away by being offsides on Purdue's fourth down in overtime. But Georgia won, anyway, after trying so hard to lose it.

So, yes, Janie, I was paying attention.

I also heard from Ron Breines when I said that I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be an Israeli cowboy.

I lived in Israel for a year back in the 80s (just before the entifada) and met a few Israeli cowboys on my trips through the land. Yes, there are cattle ranches in Israel (mostly the moshavs on the coast and up north) and many of those ranchers work their cattle from horseback. They wear western hats, boots and jeans and use western tack as well. Their accent is a bit off, like Johnny Cash on speed or something, but the spirit's there. Some can even throw a lariat!

PMU Mares


Please Save my Life!


Last fall, I put a similar plea to save a PMU foal. This time around, it's time to save their moms. I am shameless in trying to lay on the guilt trip here. The mare pictured here is one of thousands that are at risk for going to slaughter because she isn't needed any more for her urine production. Alex is an Arab mare, and she is the mom of Jazz, who happens to currently live at our house, but belongs to our daughter. Jazz is pictured here with Alex. If Alex (who is currently pregnant) is not adopted by the end of this month, she will go to slaughter.


Click on the links below to get more info about Alex, or go to to get information on any one of the 238 mares that are available through FoalQuest.


I had lunch with a friend of mine last week, and I was rattling on about how 70% of the PMU farms have lost their contracts with Wyeth-Ayerst for the production of their urine. I thought he knew what I was talking about, but he finally stopped me and said, "I'm lost. What is PMU?" I was embarrassed because I tend to think that most people in the horse world know what PMU is. For those of you who are new to this newsletter, here is a quick primer on PMU.


The hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women, Premarin, is made from PREgnant MAre uRINe, or PMU. Up until late 2003, PMU ranchers across North America had 35,000 mares in production for PMU. These mares would be in a barn from October through March, and their urine would be collected to harvest the estrogen to be used in making Premarin.


One of the results of having 35,000 pregnant mares is that there are 35,000 foals born each year. About two-thirds of these foals find a home each year, but about 11,000 have been sent to slaughter for meat. These babies end up on dinner plates in Japan and Europe. We have been involved with a group in Old, Alberta, Canada, called PMU FoalQuest, who try to find homes for these foals. Last year, FoalQuest found homes for more than 400 foals, 35 of which were adopted by New Mexicans. Yay!


In October Wyeth-Ayerst, the pharmaceutical company that makes Premarin, announced  that they are cutting the contracts of 30% of the PMU ranchers. Then, in December, they cut another 40%. This means that right now, there are about 20,000 pregnant mares are at risk of going to slaughter if homes are not found for them.


FoalQuest still has 238 mares that need to be placed. If FoalQuest can get a load of about 20 mares adopted out by February 1, Wyeth will pay for their shipping anywhere within 2,000 miles. Since we are only 1,700 miles from Olds, we qualify for this free shipping. Nancy has already found homes for 23 mares, which is a little more than a full load, and is working on a second load.


If you have room in your barn, pasture, paddock, and heart for a wonderful mare (and her foal who will be born this spring), please go to, and find the one you want.


Find the one you can't live without, because she won't live without you.


(Sorry. These links are no longer valid. JK 2/22/05)


Alex (Arabian)
Age/Foaled: 15 / NA (EST)
Height: ~14.2 hh
Color: sorrel
Bred? Yes
Stallion: Stik Planet (Planet) (Percheron)
Adopt this mare
Price (US): $ 550
Price (CA): $ 715
FOALS: H62 (2002) , HF90 (2003)



Fugitive Dust


Your last chance to be heard on the Fugitive Dust issue before the regulations and fees become final will be at a hearing on January 14, at 5:15 PM, in the Bernalillo County Conference Room B, 10th floor, of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Center, 400 Marquette Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM  87102.


Here's Nancy's letter, on behalf of the New Mexico Horse Council, to the Air Quality Board:

Dear Mr. Warren,

Thank you for your openness to the equine community in regards to the fugitive dust issue.  We appreciate your coming to the NM Horse Council board meeting in October and listening to our concerns

The New Mexico Horse Council remains opposed to the inclusion of the equine community in Fugitive Dust Control regulations.  We believe that these regulations will adversely affect our property values and that the fees will affect us all in increased board bills, facility rental fees, and hay prices (assessments against the Conservancy District will be passed along to farmers who irrigate with Conservancy water).

Every regulation and law that makes horse-ownership more onerous for residents of Bernalillo County pushes more horses out of the county.  When multi-acre horse properties are sold and become more densely populated, the air quality declines.  Aiming the Fugitive Dust Control regulations at the agricultural community is short-sighted and simply wrong.  If agricultural activities are driven from the County, the quality of the air will not be improved, and the quality of life itself will be degraded.

Please exempt equine and agricultural activities from the Fugitive Dust Control regulations.  Failing that, please reduce the negative impact of these regulations by keeping the permit fees as low as possible.

Thank you,
Nancy Gage

Nancy Gage, President

New Mexico Horse Council


This is Dan Warren's reply:



I have received your comments and I will place them into the official record.  I intend to summarize your comment in my presentation and also others if I do not get too many.   Certainly the comments will be made available to the Air Quality Control Board for their consideration.

I also want to thank you, Jay and the New Mexico Horse Council for working with us on this difficult set of regulations.  I appreciate very much the articles and press given to the dust issue.  Legal ads just do not get the word out. 

As an aside on the issue, I have been continuing to add to the number of sources and acres that will be needing programmatic permits.  If I can get out a little more tomorrow and Sunday, I am confident I will be able to increase the number of acres in the program even more.  I anticipate proposing to lower the baseline per acre fee as a result.  If the Board will not grant an exemption, at least I can propose to lower the fees charged further than we have been able to lower it thus far.

Thanks again for your participation.

Dan Warren

There is more info on the Fugitive Dust issue on our web site at (Sorry. This link is no longer valid.)



505 by 2/29


In our 505 by 2/29 drive, the number of subscribers is up to 402 as of this moment. Right now, Eleanor Bravo is in the lead for getting a free subscription to The Horsemen's Voice magazine because she has referred the most people to this list.


Have your friends sign up at (Send an e-mail to to sign up for this newsletter) Be sure to tell them that you referred them.



Get F.I.T. in 2004


Those of you who subscribe to The Horsemen's Voice  will see some cool changes to our "Trainers and Instructors" directory in the February issue. First of all, we have changed this section to be the "Facilities, Instructors, and Trainers" directory, or F.I.T. We are adding facilities who do board horses, breed horses, and host clinics, but aren't necessarily trainers.


We are also adding an "At a Glance" table that will help readers find the facility they need. Plus, new maps will show where all of these facilities are in the state.


Do you know of or have a facility that should be listed in this new directory? We are offering a special deal for people who pay for the entire year in advance for their listing (all 11 months for the price of 10), but the deadline for this deal is January 15. Please contact me as soon as possible to take advantage of this deal. E-mail:, or phone: 505-565-8526. (Call Catherine Logan-Carrillo at 505-873-0150)


Fun Things to Do  January 10 -18


Those of you who are astute will notice that this newsletter is dated 1/10, but I am not sending it out until late on the 11th. There has been lots of football to watch and horses to play with this weekend. I am not going to include the events for this weekend, but here are the only event on the calendar for next week.



18            WINTER FUNóbarrels, poles & flag racing.  Beginner, novice, & intermediate divisions.  1 p.m.  Bosque Farms Rodeo Arena, Bosque Farms.  Info:  Vernon or Wendy Honeyfield, 865-9585



There was some exciting football this weekend, but both teams I was rooting for today lost. That's OK. I don't really have much emotion invested in any pro team. Unlike a certain UGA alumna has about her Bulldawgs. And a certain horse trainer in Las Cruces has about her Bears.


Finally, for those of you who didn't get Janie's reference to the pink duster, go to (Sorry this link is no longer valid)


Please tell your friends about this newsletter, and have them send me an e-mail, and I'll get them signed up. Or have them sign themselves up at (Actually, if you want to get on my newsletter list, send an e-mail to - JK 2/22/05)


Happy trails...





The above newsletter was written when Nancy Gage and Jay Koch owned The Horsemen's Voice magazine. The Horsemen's Voice name and logo are used here with permission of the new owner, Catherine Logan-Carillo, who is a fine, upstanding member of the community. Catherine disavows any silliness, stupidity, vapidity, errors, or unintentional offenses, and the reader should know that she would know better than publish anything like this.

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