Monday, April 6, 2009
Blue is a medicine hat paint that lives at the Medicine Horse Program facility in Boulder. The medicine hat is an unusual pattern where most of the horse's body is white, but the ears and around the entire top of the head is brown, black or roan. The horse looks like he has a hat on. Legend has it that Native American tribes, especially Plains tribes, called the spot a "Medicine Hat" or "war bonnet".
I took a fancy to him and had the opportunity to have an equine facilitated learning session with him last week. He is 2 1/2 years old and quite the looker.
He was a PMU foal that was brought to Medicine Horse and was saved from slaughter. PMU (pregnant mares urine) is used to make Premarin, a woman's hormone replacement drug. The foals are yanked prematurely from their mothers so that the mares can be bred again.
The program at Medicine Horse is called HopeFoal; at risk young girls are paired with these orphaned foals and both are given an opportunity to thrive. How beautiful is that?!!!
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