A low-cost gelding clinic will be held at Tri-State Large Animal Hospital in Cheyenne, Wyo. on May 16.
Private horse owners in need of this service are invited to the event co-hosted by National Equine Resource Network and Denkai Animal Sanctuary.
The cost to horse owners who bring their horses to the clinic will be only $75, compared to an average veterinary fee of approximately $150-300.
The veterinarian is providing this low cost option for NERN and the community, stressing the importance of reducing the future equine population in the face of the nation’s ongoing economic woes.
In 2011, NERN ran a pilot program for low-cost clinics in California, gelding a total of 92 horses.
Last year, NERN provided castration services for nearly 300 colts/stallions.
The 200 percent increase was driven by demand for this service, which continues to grow, as word of the program spreads.
So far, in 2013, the low cost clinics have assisted horse owners in gelding 142 horses.
NERN-sponsored gelding clinics have been held throughout California.
In 2012 clinics were also offered in the states of Washington and Nevada.
At the request of horse rescues, veterinarians and/or horse owners that have learned of this service, western states of AZ, CO, OR, TX and WY will benefit from these clinics in 2013.
NERN is committed to continuing to expand the program and to provide low-cost castration services to the extent that donor/grant funding will allow.
To sign up for the Cheyenne gelding clinic, area horse owners can contact NERN at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (760) 419-2462.
For more information on the gelding program, or to donate, please go to www.nationalequine.org.
— National Equine Resource Network news release