Hi! My name is GULLIVER! I was eleven months old and one of seven PMU foals that lived in a pasture, on a PMU farm in North Dakota. My owner had gone out of business because he lost his contract with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, the big giant that makes the drug Premarin. He searched and searched for homes for us, but I was at the highest risk of going to slaughter. Everyone thought I was big and ugly!
Thankfully, my journey did not end at the slaughter house, like so many other PMU mares and foals, instead, me, Deuce, Spanky and Bella ended up taking a completely different road. We were loaded on to a trailer, and spent some time in New Mexico until Karen was ready to bring us to our final destination in Southern Arizona. Little did we know how this journey would end up!
It was May of 2004 when we arrived in a little town called Amado. We were so stressed and all of us had warts on our noses and were infested with worms! We were so scared and it took awhile for us to get used to human touch. But as time went on, we decided we were in a safe place and realized that no one would ever harm us!
I believe this was the beginning of what would be a very special place for other horses like us! We watched horses come to the sanctuary, many in worse shape than us, and watched many horses go to wonderful, loving homes. I realized that I had a huge role, and needed to be the "voice" for the PMU foals, the "by-product" of this horrible industry, and I knew my job was to educate the public about the atrocities our friends endure!!
When Karen decided to start Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, she chose me to be her special ambassador and mascot! At first it was pretty scary to be the center of attention at the ranch and at all the fundraisers. Carol Grubb worked with me and trained me to load in the trailer, and taught me how to behave, even though I still want to act like a youngster most of the time.
I am now 16 years old, measure and 17.2 hands and weigh over 1,600 pounds...
...so I guess it is time to grow up!
I hope you will come and visit me at the sanctuary or at our upcoming fundraising events. Thank you for learning more about me and for supporting my friends and me.
If you love Gulliver and would like to support the horses at Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, please join "Gulliver's Fan Club". For only $10/month, you can be part of helping Gulliver spread the word about the plight of the foals bred for the PMU industry. You will receive a special sticker, "I've joined Gulliver's Fan Club," a VIP ranch tour, and a personal meeting with Gulliver.
Join the club, donate to the Gulliver fund on-line:
Gulliver's own billboard in Amado, AZ