Miss Diva was born in about 2007, probably in Canada, and is a Percheron. She has a PMU number on her hip which indicates that she spent some time on a farm, kept pregnant so that the owner could collect urine from her during her pregnancy. PMU stands for Pregnant Mare Urine. This urine is used to make estrogen replacement patches. The mares are kept pregnant every year, and for about six months of that pregnancy they are kept in small feeding stall which allows them to lie down but not stretch out. They can take one step back or forwards or to each side. They are kept hooked up to a catheter during these months on the urine-collection line. Most of these horses have a very short life expectancy because they get sick quickly in these tight, unnatural living conditions. Most of this industry has now been moved to China due to the outcry of animal cruelty here in the US.
Miss Diva’s PMU stall number, freeze-dried onto her hip, is 151, so when she ended up at TMR Rescue in Plantersville, she got the nickname Bacardi. She had a good life living in a big pasture with a couple pasture mates while she was there, but she had very little human interaction, and no job or purpose. When we found we needed a couple of larger horses for our veterans and first responders to safely ride, we adopted her from TMR and started her training to be rideable. She is a gentle giant at about 2,000 pounds, and we are all totally in love with her sweet nature.