Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Sunday, January 6, 2008


This is Sunni (Sundancer). He is my PMU gelding I bought from United Pegasus Foundation when they were in Hemet, CA.
He is the most calm and gentle horse! He wasn't always calm and gentle, however! When I first got him, he was spooky and jumped at every sound! He balked at every gate he came to! AYE! He HATED the vet!
Well, maturity set in. He is 3 now. I think he just needed some time to be a horse and grow up. He has been saddled and ridden by our former trainer, Angi. THANK YOU ANGI! WE MISS YOU! I am working him now in the round pen on his voice commands. He's a really nice, mellow horse!
I would like to take this opportunity to urge you to PLEASE CONSIDER adopting a PMU horse or a feedlot horse! Both Beauty and Gigondas came off a feedlot in Washington state. Beauty was totally untrained, a 2 year old when I got her. She is just the sweetest thing! I'll post some pictures of me FINALLY riding her soon. She also is a quarter horse (maybe appendix?) and is very calm now. Gigondas, the thoroughbred, DOES have some issues. She doesn't like her ears touched AT ALL! She used to flinch when you moved your hand near her head. We have been working with her on that issue. She's getting much better now, but she still flinches when somebody makes a sudden movement. But, she and Dad are "best buds" and they enjoy each other's company. We really don't have any plans to ride her at this time, so we are just taking our time with her and helping her get over her fears. I have a good friend who has a half-sister (we think) to Gigondas. They were both on the same feedlot at the same time and look very much alike! Same color, same build. Same issues. She sends me her trainer's log so that I can read it and I see that the two horses are very similiar. THANK YOU HOPE!


Jeanie Scht said...

I apologize, but I still don't understand what a PMU horse is...

Cheryl Ann said...

a PMU horse is the unwanted byproduct of its mother being bred and then using her pregnant mare urine (PMU) for Premarin, a drug for women with hormonal issues. The foals are then either sent to slaughter or rescued. Fortunately Sunni was rescued. It was a HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE thing which was done to the mares. Basically, they were locked in a small area while pregnant and their urine was collected to make Premarin. AWFUL! I'm proud to say I went through menopause WITHOUT any hormones! :-)