Alibi V.21 No.17 • April 26-May 2, 2012 
A horse named Stretch just after he arrived at Four Corners Equine Rescue

News Feature

Spurring Change

The aftermath of the NY Times horse-racing exposé

The thing that hooked Debbie Coburn into nonprofit horse care: a 50,000-horse-long pee line. That’s the odd name for a controversial practice. Coburn explains that pregnant mares excrete a hormone in their urine that can be readily absorbed by humans. “There are pharmaceutical companies who buy the urine from farmers who collect it,” she says. The companies extract the hormone from PMU (pregnant mare urine) and put it in hormone replacement therapy drugs.

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