The babies are coming to Ryerss Farm!

The usually quiet and reserved atmosphere of Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines will once again come alive in September with "the whinnying of weanlings"! This year, 25 foals bred on a pregnant mares' urine (PMU) ranch in North Dakota will ...The usually quiet and reserved atmosphere of Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines will once again come alive in September with "the whinnying of weanlings"! This year, 25 foals bred on a pregnant mares' urine (PMU) ranch in North Dakota will ...

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The usually quiet and reserved atmosphere of Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines will once again come alive in September with "the whinnying of weanlings"! This year, 25 foals bred on a pregnant mares’ urine (PMU) ranch in North Dakota will briefly stay at Ryerss before being transported to their new, adoptive homes. These quality foals are part of the Ryerss Foal Adoption Program and this is the fifth consecutive year Ryerss has hosted this program in cooperation with the North American Equine Ranching Information Council (NAERIC). This year’s adoption fee, which includes first vaccinations and deworming, is $750 plus a $10 application fee.

An exciting change has been made to this year’s program! Ryerss’ 2003 foal group will be registered with NAERIC, a non-profit association representing equine ranchers in North America, and will be eligible for matching payouts through the $1 Million NAERIC Incentive Program. This unique program allows NAERIC horses to double their winnings – up to $1 million – at approved events.

A representative of Ryerss will travel to North Dakota in August to pick out the foals, and many breeds will be represented from a mix of draft, Thoroughbred, Quarter Horse and Paint bloodlines. NAERIC is providing transportation for the foals from the ranch to Ryerss.

The foals available for adoption are unique because of the circumstances surrounding their births. PMU is used to produce a hormone replacement therapy – one of the most prescribed medications in the world. Used by women to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, the drug is produced from estrogens found in the urine of pregnant mares.

The source for this product comes from more than 400 family-owned ranches, located throughout the Prairie Provinces of Canada and North Dakota. These ranchers care for the approximately 35,000 broodmares currently involved in the equine ranching industry. Each year, in September, the ranchers sell the weaned foals – privately or through auctions.

Complete information about equine ranching and the NAERIC Incentive Program can be found on the NAERIC website at www.naeric.org or you may contact the NAERIC office at 502-245-0425, ext. 13.

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is the oldest and largest animal welfare organization of its kind. A nonprofit/charitable organization, Ryerss has worked for over 100 years to provide a place of peaceful retirement for aged and abused horses. For the one-time donation of just $3,500, owners can provide their horses with a safe and loving home at Ryerss for the rest of their lives.

For more information on the Ryerss Foal Adoption Program, please write or call Ryerss at 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465, 610-469-0533 or visit their website at www.ryerss.com.