Duchess Sanctuary is a 1,120-acre facility south of Eugene, Oregon, which is home to about 200 formerly abused, abandoned, neglected, and homeless horses. It was established in 2008 and is operated by The Fund For Animals in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States.
The majority of these rescued horses are mares that were rescued from the pregnant mare urine industry, along with their offspring. Before arriving at the sanctuary, many of them spent their lives in stalls, impregnated and hooked up to machines that collect their urine. Their urine is used to manufacture Hormone Replacement Therapy products for women. Many consumers are unaware of the cruel and inhumane treatment these horses face. The mothers were usually only given three months to spend with their foals. Some joined their moms on the PMU lines, while others were slaughtered.
At the Duchess Sanctuary, these horses never have to worry about living in horrible conditions ever again. They are given proper care, kindness, and all the love in the world. During the grazing season, they rotate the big herd of about 120 horses through different pastures to keep the grass healthy and the horses happy. Now that it’s spring and the weather is getting nicer, the horses enjoy swimming and splashing around in the big lake there.
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