Free Minn. equine castration clinic

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Saturday, May 18, 2013, the Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition’s Gelding Project will hold its 5th annual free equine castration clinic at the Carlton County Fairgrounds in Barnum, Minn. The project was launched in 2009 in response to the growing number of horse-related animal humane society investigations, and provides equine castration assistance to owners experiencing economic hardships. To participate in the clinic, Minnesota horse and jack (male donkey) owners must be referred by a certified horse rescue, humane agents or their veterinarian based on an economic hardship. Stallions must be halter broke with two descended testicles and be at least 4 months of age; there is no upper age limit. Castrations are performed by University of Minnesota veterinary students, under close supervision by licensed veterinarians. Castrations must be scheduled in advance.

Contact Krishona Martinson, University of Minnesota, at 612-625-6776 or krishona@umn.edu to make an appointment.

Since the free clinics started in the spring of 2009, 84 stallions have been castrated, and clinics have provided valuable field-experience and training for 86 veterinary students and 30 veterinary technician students. The clinics have saved financially strapped Minnesota stallion owners over $21,000 in castration fees, and have eliminated 2,100 potential foals.

Financial donations for this program are needed and gratefully accepted. To make a donation, visit http://minnesotahorsewelfare.org/donate/. The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition is a collaborative effort of the Animal Humane Society, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Horse Council, individuals, and certified equine rescues.