post Horse Rescue Fundraiser

July 23rd, 2008

Filed under: Animal Nature,Kids,Your Stories — newseditor @ 5:08 pm

Local teenager and horse lover Siobhan Nicholls is holding a fundraiser in support of unwanted, abused and neglected horses. All proceeds go to The International Blessed Broodmare Project who work to rescue horses who are abused as a result of the production of the menopause drug Premurin.

To find out how you can chip in and buy a fundraiser ticket, visit Siobhan’s website dedicated to Maynards Well Stables horse rescue charity fundraising, or email Siobhan. 200 tickets are on sale at $5 each. The prizes can be viewed on the website and the fundraiser date has been extended to September 30th.

Well done Siobhan!


Photo of rescued pony, Violet, taken by S. Nicholls 2007


  1. Premarin is manufactured from pregnant mares’ urine, hence the name – PreMaRin. So how come they are abused, when urine is something they are going to be producing in copious quantities anyway? It’s not like what they do to the bears, to get bile from them.

    Comment by Rose — July 24, 2008 @ 10:02 am

  2. Thank you Newseditor for giving me the chance to get my site out there!
    I am not sure that Rose has read or looked at the site(s) related to PMU horses. The average mare will stand in a barn for 10 hours+ a day, forced to drink more water than a horse in it’s natural environment would ever drink. They are pregnant most of their lives – only spending a very short time with their foals [a horse is able to conceive straight after giving birth]. The off- spring is usually sent to slaughter/meat breeding farms. PLEASE, check sites, other information (ie Animali Farm etc.) Please think about, How is the urine collected? What quality of life do these mares have? How is it possible to keep a horse standing in one spot for so long?

    Premarin is another issue again – why do we need to “Treat the symptoms of menopause”? When did it become a “disease”? Society needs to look at the way everyday issues are viewed. The world has gone crazy. A lot of older people do not seem to care what is happening to other people all over the world – what chance to animals have? I am glad I am young and can have the chance to change the way the world thinks in the future. What I do now will become my future.
    I do care for the world and All Creatures great and small.

    Comment by Siobhan — July 24, 2008 @ 12:15 pm

  3. Congratulations Siobhan on the site and the post, some people dont look far beyond their own prejudices, but fortunately most people respond to well shared information and changes then happen. Have you sent a link to the Animals Australia website and the RSPCA, and Maybe PETA?…horses are very beautiful creatures and deserve love and respect like all living creatures…I was’nt aware of these issues so thanks for getting the information out there. 🙂

    Comment by Nigel — July 25, 2008 @ 1:36 pm

  4. Firstly I asked a simple question of how come they are abused, meaning I had no knowledge of how they are being treated. I still don’t understand how they are “forced” to drink more water than they would normally. Remember the old saying “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”? And in the wild, a mare would be continually pregnant – that’s how nature intended it to be. Thoroughbred mares are bred back not long after foaling so they have one foal a year. However, I am not comfortable with knowing that the offspring of these mares are sent to slaughter – that I do NOT like at all, nor do I like to see any animal mistreated. As for treating the symptoms of menopause, all I can say is if any of you who are reading this have ever suffered from them (as I do) then you will know exactly what it’s all about. Some women do, some don’t – those who don’t are damn lucky! It may not be a “disease” as such, but it is very real. And yes, I do take Premarin – if there was an alternative that was compatible with the other medications I have to take then I would change. However at this stage there isn’t.

    Comment by Rose — July 25, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

  5. Thank you Siobhan for bringing this to our attention. Many of us adults get so busy with our own lives that we don’t get time to think about these issues.
    I certainly agree with you about the medical profession ‘treating’ menopause like a disease. In our far distant past, women rarely lived as long as we do now. Menopause was considered as a natural process of getting older, and was not paid attention as women were not thought of as anything but ‘brood mares’. Many women died in childbirth. As they were continually pregnant or nursing their babies, ‘problems’ associated with menstruation were few indeed. As most doctors have traditionally been men in the past, little research has been guided towards the natural processes of women.
    Now to Rose’s ‘problem’. The fact that you consider it a medical problem is half the cause Rose. Never mind, yes there is much you can do to alleviate the disease-like symptoms many women ‘suffer’. Time is the best one. Changing thought forms is another. I always considered ‘hot flushes’ as POWER SURGES….wow, did I get a lot done!!! After a cool shower.
    There are herbs you could take if you feel the need to stop this natural process. Please see your ‘naturopath’ or health-care professional for advice.
    As for what Siobhan is doing here with her amazing insights and opening of this discussion, I applaud you. We are here on this earth as custodians of the whole lot. Not just to use whatever we want and mess up the rest. Not just to rip out of the earth or the plants or the animals, just what we have been told we need by someone who is making g-zillions for themselves.
    What these majestic animals go through to make our lives just a little more pleasant is criminal. And, no I do not take anything.
    Thank you Siobhan, yet again.

    Comment by di — July 26, 2008 @ 11:19 am

  6. [Quote] And, no I do not take anything. [Quote]
    Well bully for you! It’s all very well for you to say you consider hot flushes as “power surges”. You’re at home all day & can jump in a cool shower if need be. It is not possible for me to be continually jumping in a cool shower even at home – if I did I wouldn’t get anything done & our water bill would be sky high. And how would I get on at work – what am I supposed to do then? Strip off & jump under the emergency shower? And it’s not just the hot flushes, there are other things associated with it – some of which I will not go into here. Mood swings is one though. As I have previously stated, the other medications I am on preclude me from taking anything else, herbal or otherwise. I discussed this with my doctor ages ago.
    I am not knocking what Siobhan is doing, on the contrary. However one point that needs to be clarified is that it was stated the mares are “forced” to drink more water than they would normally. They’re not – they are actually given less water, so their urine is more concentrated.

    Comment by Rose — July 26, 2008 @ 12:32 pm

  7. Siohban,

    Thankfully people like you have clear vision and can see that there never is, never was, and never will be any excuse for cruelty to animals…a lot of adults in this world are unwell and take advice from a medical profession that is also unwell and corrupted in the continuation of sickness in this thing we call a ‘Health Industry’. I showed your animal photos to the policy director of the RSPCA and it put a smile on her face. When people start realising that animals have feelings, personalities, and souls, they will stop subjecting them to ‘inhumane’ treatment. The RSPCA has being doing a lot of work to define what ‘inhumane’ actually means and its widening the net of protection for all animals.

    Comment by Nigel — July 26, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

  8. This is hardly appropriate to use Siobhan’s special thread to air your woes Rose, or to make comments about my life, of which you know nothing. So, on with the reality of why this is important. It is about cruelty to animals for the benefit of people who have been told by pharmaceutical companies or governments, or their servants, that you need their product. Not just this product, but all animal-tested products, all products that abuse animals, or plants, or the earth.
    Put me down for 2 tickets Siobhan, thank you.

    Comment by di — July 26, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

  9. Me 2 too, I mean 2 4 me, ohh!…you know whats I mean 😡

    Comment by Nigel — July 26, 2008 @ 5:26 pm

  10. Siobhan is sending in some tickets so you can get them from me if you like.

    – amt

    ps Congratulations on completing your 15th orbit around the sun Siobhan!

    Comment by newseditor — July 26, 2008 @ 5:53 pm

  11. [Quote] This is hardly appropriate to use Siobhan’s special thread to air your woes Rose, or to make comments about my life, of which you know nothing. [Quote]
    Oh well pardon me then – so much for freedom of speech!

    Comment by Rose — July 26, 2008 @ 7:13 pm

  12. I think what Di expresses is that the children of the planet who have pure intent and visions should be given support and en-courage-ment, and less wise souls should learn thus…it may be more appropriate to air issues of personal sickness, corruption etc on other threads which already have been polluted and are accepted as the ‘appropriate’ forum to deal with such matters…lets move the poison over there….

    Sorry Siobhan, on behalf of wayward adults I up my tickets to x4…sorry, this was’nt supposed to happen to your thread 🙂

    Comment by Nigel — July 26, 2008 @ 7:24 pm

  13. Hey Siobhan, what did you think of the video on the ‘Voice of the Children’ post?

    Comment by newseditor — July 26, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

  14. Thank you everyone. I do realise the Premarin issue is a hot one,
    but, the fund raiser is about re-locating the animals that have
    been used for the drug production. This I can do something
    about. Tickets will be coming into Copley.
    The video was inspiring! We, my sister, brother and I are aiming
    out world to be holistic!

    Comment by Siobhan — July 27, 2008 @ 12:30 pm

  15. I wIsH YoU wElL wiTh yOur FunD RaIsIng SiObHaN…
    aNd AsK yOur ComMunIty tO sUpPort YoU….

    Comment by KiCkInG BiRd — July 30, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  16. Congratulations Siobhan for making people aware of yet another
    mind boggling event that happens in our some times sick world
    I luckily do not take that medication any more,I have found there is a much better way.
    Gawd Rose do you ever stop whining???
    Di is correct there are other ways if you take the time to look.
    I know someone who has had implants done and it cleared all her symtoms…………………………. she went searching she didnt wasnt to end up on and medications.
    Besides most medications can leave some very nasty side effects

    Comment by kate — August 13, 2008 @ 1:04 am

  17. did you say ‘whinneying’?

    kate, do you want to buy a fundraising ticket?

    Comment by newseditor — August 13, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

  18. We sent $180 to TIBBP – and have help towards transport for two
    mares and their colts – who have been rescued from the Mustang
    round up going on in the USA. We are feeling very good about
    this! We have extended the raffle draw to the 28th September 08
    in the hope of selling all of the 200 tickets on offer.Thank you everyone who has purchased raffle tickets already – the equines
    of the world salute you!

    Comment by Siobhan — August 17, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

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  20. T.I.B.B.P FUND Raiser drawn 30th September 2008 By: G-Agnew – Copley SA 5731

    Lot # 1 Old Timer model Ticket #099 M.Nicholls SA

    Lot # 2 Unicorn Miniature props Ticket #035 Robyn Milne NSW

    Lot # 3 Breyer model Rambo rug Ticket # 148 Rosemary Simeon WA

    Lot # 4 Black show hat – dolls
    Ticket # 174 Merv c/o P Hooper Qld

    Lot # 5 Aussie doll hat
    Ticket # 150 Janice Williford USA

    Lot #6 model Saddle stand Ticket 096 F Nicholls SA

    Lot #7 Breyer Classis Arab model Ticket #075 Stephanie Miles Vie

    Lot #8 Hay net/bucket set
    Ticket # 016 Tina McDowall QLD

    Lot #9 Breyer companion dog Ticket #006 ML Harris USA

    Lot # 10 Breyer s/m foal set
    Ticket #161 Vanessa Reschke Blinman SA

    Lot # 11 TIBBP T-Shirt
    Ticket #082 AM Toranto Copley SA

    Lot#12 TIBBPT-Shirt
    Ticket #116 L Richardson Victor Harbor SA

    Lot # 13 TIBBP Clock
    Ticket # 091 D Starick Copley SA

    Lot #14 TIBBP Mug
    Ticket # 064 N Carney Copley SA

    TIBBP info pack/fridge magnet/post card
    Lot # 15 Ticket #065 N Carney Copley SA
    Lot# 16 Ticket #084 ML Harris USA
    Lot # 17 Ticket # 168 R. Holtham Blinman SA
    Lot# 18 Ticket # 061 K. Thomas Copley S A
    Lot # 19 Ticket #181 Penny Leigh Creek SA
    Lot # 20 Ticket # 106 P Cole SA

    Bonus Prizes

    Ibba u/p Stable mate resin
    Ticket # 170 B Thatcher NSW

    Unicorn Miniature Voucher US$20 Ticket # 124 Merv c/- P Hooper Qld

    Thank you to everyone who supported this fund raiser.
    Siobhan Nicholls MW

    Comment by Siobhan Nicholls — October 4, 2008 @ 9:12 am

  21. well done Siobhan on a successful fund-raiser for such a worthy cause. The clock is beautiful, thank you.

    Comment by di — October 6, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  22. Congratulations on your great work, Siobhan, we wish you well with your future endeavours.

    Space Station crew xxx

    Comment by newseditor — November 3, 2008 @ 7:23 am

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