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One of the reasons for the excess in horses is the fact pregnant mare urine is used to make Premarin, a hormone replacement for menopausal women. Premarin farms used draft horses because the meat would fetch more for the european market. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of draft horses were produced as a biproduct of making premarin. Mares are literally hooked up in pee-barns for months while their urine was collected. Their foals would be sent to slaughter and they'd have another foal just so the farmers could collect more pregnant mare urine for the big pharm to make Premarin. Sick and twisted for sure. Creating poor horses for slaughter just because women can't deal with hot flashes. Sick.