Racehorse supermare and my own personal favorite, Zenyatta has given birth to a beautiful colt who looks just like her!! Same color, tall ears, same brown nose cap, a white star on his forehead, and polka dots on his feet just like Zenyatta :) Couldn't be any cuter or more precious..
Here is the prince and Queen Z, doing well shortly after birth according to Zenyatta's blog.
I can't wait to see the video of the future little royal racehorse taking his first steps :)
I am also excited to hear his name - I'm hoping for "Synchronicity", -the name of another Police album :)
I have voiced my dislike for the pharmecutical companies that engage in cruel and unncessary animal testing and vivisection before. And ever since I was a child I have long believed that it's the murderers and rapists and child molestors that should be used in the laboratory experiments, not innocent animals.
Today I want to bring awareness to the use of Premarin and more importantly to how the drug is made.
What is Premarin? Chances are unless you are a female going through menopause or suffering from some sort of abnormal hormonal balance, you have never heard of Premarin, and even if you have heard of it, this information may be shocking and disturbing to you.
As the name implies, Premarin is a conjugated estrogen product extracted from horses, more specifically from PREGNANT MARES URINE - hence Pre mar in. It is manufactured by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc. (now a part of Pfizer) and is most commonly prescribed for estrogen replacement therapy to relieve hormonal deficiency symptoms associated with menopause. It also is sold under the name Prempro.
There are an estimated 500 PMU farms in North America, with the vast majority located in the prairie provences of Western Canada. About 30 PMU farms exist in North Dakota and Minnesota. Almost all PMU farms are under an exclusive contract with Wyeth-Ayerst, now Pfizer.
The mares are impregnated and kept in deplorable conditions. They enter collection barns in September and remain until March or April. Each mare is kept tethered in a narrow stall with a rubber cup positioned over her vulva to collect the urine flow. The cup is held in place by overhead supports and a partial body harness. The tether and collection apparatus greatly restrict movement and the mare is unable to turn around or take more than a step or two in any direction. If the tether is too short, she may even be unable to lie down comfortably.
(Horse - Pregnant Mares Urine (PMU) Farming - 01) The largest source of female hormone replacement therapy (HRT) medications comes from pregnant mares urine. The name Premarin is an acronym of its source PREgnant MARes urINe. These drugs are prescribed with no concern for the pain and suffering of many mares like these.
Reliable estimates indicate there are at least 50,000 production mares on PMU farms accounting for the annual birth of approximately 40,000 offspring. The byproducts of Premarin production are the foals born to these unfortunate mares.
The foals are allowed to nurse and be with their mothers for only three to four months - instead of the normal six-month period. When the time comes for the mares to return to the collection barns, the farmers dispose of surplus foals. Thousands of foals are sent to unsheltered feedlots until they reach a desirable market weight and then they are slaughtered and their carcasses are shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption.
Slaughter is the unlisted primary ingredient of all PMU based drugs.
The conditions the mares and foals are kept in are horrendous. Inspection reports document a number of significant problems - confinement for six months of their 11-month pregnancy, no exercise, no interaction with other horses, inadequate bedding, no grooming and the feet are usually neglected. They are even denied adequate water to keep the urine in a more concentrated stage and, therefore, reduce shipping costs of the urine.
Many of you might not know this about me but I have been working with rescue horses longer than I have been rescuing pugs. I am currently in talks with one of my local horse rescue organizations to foster 2 Premarin foals this spring. I hope it all works out. That is something I could do to help this atrocity.
What can you do to help?
You can visit Premarin.org to educate yourself and learn more.
You can share this information with anyone you know who is either taking Premarin or Prempro or is thinking of using a hormone replacement drug. There are many, many drugs on the market that are either synthetic or plant based which give the same results as Premarin. Premarin is the only drug that is animal based.
If you are one of the 9 million women currently taking or considering taking any form of Premarin, won't you please ask your doctor to prescribe a synthetic or non PMU based organic substitute in its place?
Please pass this around to help get the word out! It can help save the life of a horse.
Well I haven't done a Zenyatta post in a while and I probably should. Plummy used to love watching the horse races with me. Ok, mostly she got scared watching me scream into the television when Zenyatta was dead last in the heap and then she would rally to the front line in the last quarter mile for an immaculate finish. I almost blew a lung at that last Breeders Cup and Plummy looked scared :( poor baby.
Anyway big news from team Z! Zenyatta was rightfully and very deservedly named HORSE OF THE YEAR!
A huge honor that everyone thought would go to Blame, the horse that beat her by one nostril at the BC in November, blemishing her 19/19 perfect record. Still such a classy lady, Zenny emerged more love and respected, and more of a winner than ever before.
These days Zenyatta has been enjoying her retirement (and learning to play in the snow) over at Lane's End farm in Kentucky. A place I hope to visit in the near future.
I love the part at 2:50 when she starts kicked up her back feet and running in the snow. Does a heart good to see.
It was also announced this week the lucky stallion has been chosen to breed with Zenyatta and make little baby Zenny's. The lucky fellow is Bernardini. What a handsome stallion he is and with quite the pedigree.
If the match is successful and they can actually get Zenyatta pregnant and get a foal on the ground -that is going to be one royal bloodline in the Sport of Kings.
The power couple has already been dubbed "Bernyatta."
I can't wait to see little filly or colt.
This really warms my heart...
The folks over at Lane's End farm have been working very slowly and patiently with Zenyatta to acclimate her to her new farm life. They have been in very close contact with Z's former handlers, trainers, and owners every step of the way to ensure a safe, easy, smooth transition.
For the first time ever in her life Zenyatta was let off of her shank lead and allowed to roam free (carefully supervised of course) in her new paddock. Zenyatt's team of owners and handlers and trainers flew all the way to Kentucky from CA just to witness the event!
From what I read on Zenyatta.com's diary, the big girl was so happy she was jogging, bucking, and prancing up a storm in the snow! Followed by lots of carrots and peppermint treats of course.
It's such a great ending / new beginning to see how happy she is to just be a horse :) Especially when you think of how some of the other great race horses stories ended, the tragedy of Ruffian for instance. I am just so happy that her team cared about her enough to retire Zenyatta sound and whole and that they are allowing us to follow her story and see how well she adjusting to her retirement.
I am going to be pissed if they don't award her with Horse of the Year..
I really wish Zenyatta lived in my horse barn..but it sounds like she is doing just fine in her new home @ Lane's End farm in Kentucky.
Zenyatta Adapting Smoothly to Farm Life
By Deirdre B. Biles
Updated: Saturday, December 11, 2010 3:47 PM
Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010 10:56 AM
Zenyatta's transition from superstar racehorse to broodmare is going smoothly, according to William S. Farish, the owner of Central Kentucky's Lane's End Farm, which is the champion's new home.
"She's so smart that she just adapts very quickly," he said in an interview Dec. 9. "She's a real professional about everything."
Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zenyatta arrived at Lane's End in a van the night of Dec. 6 following a flight from Southern California and an appearance at Keeneland, which attracted more than 1,000 fans. She was taken to a 24-stall barn where maiden and barren mares are stabled.
"When we walked her down the aisle, all the other mares started nickering; it was almost as if they knew who she was," Farish said. "We put her in her stall and put a big blanket on her, and she settled in. She had a very good night."
Because of snow and ice on the ground and unseasonably cold conditions, Zenyatta has spent most of her time at Lane's End so far in her stall. But the 6-year-old daughter of Street Cry was hand-walked in her barn Dec. 7 and 8, Farish reported, and she was hand-walked outside in a paddock for the first time Dec. 9, when the daytime temperature rose above freezing.
"Not in particular," said Farish when asked if Zenyatta had a reaction, either positive or negative, when her hooves touched the snow. "She thought everything was great. We're not going to turn her out (let her do more than be hand-walked) until we get the snow and ice out of the way and we feel like it's perfectly safe for her. But she's so smart I don't think there will be any problem."
See more Zenyatta at Lane's End at Through The Lens.
When Zenyatta is turned loose in a paddock for the first time, according to Farish, there will be three or four people with her to make sure she doesn't get injured. If she's calm, the strapping dark bay or brown mare could remain outside for two or three hours on that particular day.
"The paddock she'll be in is 3 ½ to four acres and (its fence) is rounded so there aren't any corners," Farish said. "If she does get to galloping around pretty good, there won't be a situation where she'll be running into a corner. If she gets too excited, the people will catch her and ease her back into her stall. But that seldom happens with a mare; we'll just be taking every precaution."
Zenyatta probably will be turned out with another maiden or barren mare to begin with, and then, eventually, two or three others mares will join them in the paddock. Once Zenyatta's routine has been established, she'll spend five or six hours outside during the day, weather permitting, according to Farish, and then return to her barn at night.
"And that's the way it will be until breeding season," Farish said. "She'll always be very close to her barn so that in a storm or something like that we can catch her very quickly and bring her in. She won't be outside with a big group of mares. We want to be able to keep an eye on her and make it is easy for people to see her."
Fans will be allowed to visit Lane's End and view Zenyatta, but a plan hasn't been finalized and probably won't be "for a few months," Farish said, so the mare can quietly ease into her new environment and schedule.
For most female racehorses, making the adjustment to farm life isn't a difficult process and Farish predicted Zenyatta would adapt to a different routine with little drama.
"Some (maiden) mares don't come in until after the breeding season has started," he said. "After they get to the farm, they'll be bred within a week or two without anything special happening. Zenyatta has a perfect amount of time. She'll have plenty of time to acclimate to the farm and to adjust to her new life."
Meanwhile, people seeking information about Zenyatta are keeping Lane's End's phone lines busy.
"Oh Lord, it's been amazing," Farish said. "There have been so many calls that I don't know the number and they've been nonstop since it was announced (that Zenyatta would be boarded at Lane's End). People mainly want to come to see her and they're from all over the country. I've never seen anything quite like it. She's like a rock star."
Zenyatta won 19 of her 20 career races while earning $7,304,580. She finished first in 13 grade I events.
The Mosses have not announced to whom Zenyatta will be bred.
It was announced just last week that Zenyatta will be officially retiring to Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. in early December.
I have to give big props to Zenny's owners who could have easily been greedy and kept her racing one more year, or another or another. Anything to keep her in the limelight. But clearly they love this horse and they want what is absolutely in her best interest - she has nothing more to prove, they want her to go out healthy and adored and to enjoy the rest of her days.
Where she is going, there will be plenty of shady trees to stand under, pristinely manicured lawns to run on, with tons of fresh clean grass to graze, and I'm sure no shortage of stallions for Lady Z to choose from.
The following article from Bloodhorse.com sums it all up way better than I ever could.
Hangin' With Haskin: Farewell to a Queen
17 Nov 2010 3:12 PM
It is finally time to say goodbye. Mighty Mare Zenyatta has been retired; and this time it is official, as she departs for Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. in early December.
Despite having her remarkable 19-race winning streak ended in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), by only a short head, Zenyatta not only added to her legacy, she acquired even more fans and admirers than she had before.
It was just prior to the Classic, in which she came from almost 20 lengths back to be beaten a head by Blame, that Zenyatta's fame actually reached mainstream America thanks to a segment on "60 minutes," a feature in Sports Illustrated, and a full-page spread in W Magazine.
Just like that, Zenyatta's legions of fans multiplied many times over. A large number of those new fans admitted they knew little or nothing about her beforehand. Now, here they were, screaming at their TV screens, pleading for Zenyatta to get up in those final agonizing strides.
I have written numerous stories and blogs about the phenomenon that is Zenyatta, from her unprecedented winning streak, coming from dead-last in almost every race, to her endearing pre-race and post-race antics, and finally to the extraordinary impact she had on people emotionally, and the many tales of inspiration she provided.
For this particular space at this particular time, it's all about looking ahead, as Zenyatta's career and her accomplishments have been well recorded for posterity.
And looking ahead is something that Zenyatta's connections dread in many ways, as they try to come to terms with life without their great mare. This is not about letting go of a racehorse. It is about letting go of a kindred spirit that has encompassed their lives for so many years.
"It is tough to deal with this," said Dottie Shirreffs, wife of trainer John Shirreffs and racing manager for Jerry and Ann Moss. "John has had her in the barn for 4 1/2 years. Each day, they have been together...along with Mario (Espinoza), Steve (Willard), and the rest of the crew. We are trying to do our best here, but...it is tough.
"John made the comment he could not put anyone in that stall for a long time. The one thing that is so fabulous, though, is that she is healthy, happy, and doing great. What a way to retire as an athlete. I am so happy for her."
Zenyatta's departure also will be an emotional experience for her devoted fans, many of whom have been touched on a deeply personal level by their heroine's courage, consistency, and unique ability to connect with people on a much higher plane than any other Thoroughbred in memory.
Dottie Shirreffs assures that Zenyatta will always have her "family" around her.
"We do want family around and to have that connection and bond with her after she leaves John's barn," she said. "We want someone there who can take photos, videos, etc. and send them to us....from our family. This is why I am also doing the Daily Diary on the website, Zenyatta.com -- to keep all of her fans aware of what is going on with her. We feel a responsibility to the fans, public, and industry to do so, and, it goes without saying, to Zenyatta.
"She will be in a place where family and friends can see her, hug her, kiss her, and visit her. We are trying to do our best to be sure these details are all honored in relation to Zenyatta and her future. There will be trees for her to stand under, and lots of grass for her to graze on each day."
That's not a lot to ask for from a Queen.
They are also giving Lady Z a big going away party at Hollywood Park on December 5th, a Zenyatta Appreciation Day with a big parade in her honor.
I so with I could go see her off, watch her prance one last time - though it does make me feel better for personal reasons, that she will live out her days here in the east.
If you asked me what living celebrity I would most like to meet one day, my answer would surely be, Zenyatta.
Road trip to Kentucky in the Spring anyone?
Major heartbreak and upset that Zenyatta didn't win the Breeders Cup yesterday and retire with a perfect 20/20 record.
BUT the fact that she gave it her all to come from dead last late in the race on the 3/4 mile to blow past 12 of the top horses in the world (mostly males) to come within literally 1/2 of a stride of winning the race, makes her the winner in my book.
Oh the thrills and chills she gave, Oh how my heart is still pounding over it...how loud I was screaming for her to go, my neighbors must have thought I was being murdered!
You could blame it on the jockey holding her back a little too long, you could blame it on her starting position resulting in a bad trip, the unfamiliar turf of the track, or you could blame it on Blame, the horse who actually won by a nostril.
You could blame it on the crowds roaring for her during the pre race, the stress of the crowd was unreal, like relentless paparazzi stalking a celebrity as she made her way through the crowd, her handlers asking folks to calm down so they didn't stress her out..but Zenny handled it all like the true gracious, professional that she is.
In the end I think Zenyatta has reminded us all of an important lesson. That is, if you want something badly enough, you should go after it with all of your might. Even if there are obstacles along the way, even if it seems impossible....Lay everything on the line, risk it all. And even if you fail, there ain't no shame if you gave it your best shot.
Zenyatta finished healthy and went out a rock star, nobody can or should ask more of her. She's put a declining sport back on the map with her charisma, amazing heart and showmanship.
In a way I think by coming so close and losing she has endeared herself to us, all the more.
Just as Man-O-War's only loss made him greater, as demonstrated in yesterday's Breeders Cup, it was Zenyatta's superior athletic abilities and incredible heart that will define her as a true champion with a lasting legacy.
Zenyatta, the Queen of hearts.
Thanks for taking us along on the ride of a lifetime big girl!!
Zenyatta is, in a word - exquisite.
Here are some other words I could use to describe her: magnificent, magical, majestic, the QUEEN!
With a perfect undefeated record of 19 out of 19 wins - 6 year old Zenyatta is set to retire win or lose after this weekend's Breeders Cup in Kentucky - will air this Saturday on the east coast ESPN or ABC around 4:10PM.
If she wins Zenyatta will go down in history as the greatest race horse in the world!
Fun facts about Zenyatta:
• Zenyatta is all heart and charisma. She puts on a special "pre-war" dance before every race and after each race she does a post victory dance; Bowing her head, kicking her legs, strutting and prancing in front the crowd and cameras! Nobody tells her to do it...she just does it all on her own!
• Zenyatta drinks beer in the afternoon, but she will only drink Guinness.
• Zenyatta was sold at auction for only $60,000. She has made $6.4 million for her owners in just the last 3 years. If she wins BC, she will earn an additional $5.0MM. But they stand to make the real $$$ from her foals.
• Zenyatta is TALL for a mare, taller than most male thoroughbreds.
• Zenyatta has a different way of racing, she likes to comes up from behind in a spine-tingling late charge, thrilling the crowd..
• Zenyatta is gracious - her owners and rider say she does not run up to her highest speed..just enough to get the job done...enough to pass the competition by a length or two... because she doesn't want to make the other horses feel bad.
• Zenyatta paints using her muzzle, whiskers, hoof and tail, the paintings are auction off to benefit a race horse rescue and adoption organization.
In case you missed it, here is a great segment 60 minutes did on Zenyatta.
Win or lose, I will be sad to see Zenyatta's last race this weekend because she is such a show girl and clearly loves what she does, all the attention, etc..however the thought of her enjoying green pastures and motherhood and going out on top, uninjured makes me smile deep inside.
Go Zenyatta!! Win it all girl!
If Oscar Wilde was correct in his Platonic Dialoge that the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that passion and Art offers certain beautiful forms through which it may realize that energy - then I believe that all of the stars in the universe were aligned perfectly for me to find and get this particular house.
I had seen about 20 other houses: Contemporaries, Colonials, houses on the lake, houses on Cul-de-sacs, houses on the street, houses in neighborhoods and developments, houses with big bright open spacious floor plans, gleaming cherry hard wood floors, huge center islands with granite counter tops in the kitchens. You name it, I saw it.
And even though I went into it thinking those were all of the things I wanted...somehow none of them really fit or felt quite right. Nothing really spoke to me until I walked into this one - a 4 bedroom, 2 bath country Ranch on 3 acres of horse property.
My new kitchen doesn't have granite counters or a big center island. But it does have a huge bay window overlooking my pug farm. It does have the perfect spot in the corner for a cozy little breakfast nook... and I can totally see myself cooking Plum's home made dog food and big Sunday dinners there.
In fact the minute I walked into this house it felt like home. I felt an immediate connection to it. To the way the house felt, looked, and even smelled. I could envision myself inhabiting there. Feeling inspired everyday by nature, beauty, and clean, simple living. I could see myself sitting out on my private balcony with a laptop and coffee, writing.
This house has a good soul.
It certainly wasn't the newest, most modern or fancy house - but it was the one that was the most inviting to me and suitable for my current lifestyle. The people that lived there before me were big horse and dog people - my two favorite animals! And so the gorgeous property is perfectly set up to accommodate both.
As I walked through the house for the first time - each room and special little feature delighted me more than the one before, and I started getting excited.
Little things I fell in love with like hardwood floors throughout with tiles in the bathroom, kitchen and dining room. A double sided fireplace, private master suite on one end of the house and all the other bedrooms on the other side. And because it was fashioned after a farmhouse - I even have 2 dutch doors inside, where the tops open to block off animals from certain rooms of the house. Perfect for fostering and separating unruly or feisty pugs! And I even have zoned heating and cooling so I can control which areas of the house I want to set the temperature.
The last room I looked at was this one.
It's a laundry / mud room just off of the oversized master suite which has really been converted into a dog room complete with an exam table (perfect for fixing up all of Plum's ailments), and laundry tub (perfect for her twice weekly baths) and....wait for it.....
....A doggie door that goes directly out into a huge fenced in dog run! This really was the clincher for me. There was no turning back or even entertaining the idea of other houses beyond this point.
And I just know the Sausage had something to do with this.
I can't believe I now have to wait 30 more days to move into my new house. But looking at the bigger picture it's something I've been waiting for and working hard for the past 15 years.... so I don't think one more month is going to kill me....Is it???