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Castration clinics scheduled


Nov. 12 and Dec. 3 are the dates for Operation Gelding castration clinics at Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, 1800 Denison Ave., Manhattan.

Appointments can be made by calling 785-532-5700. A maximum of five castrations will be performed at each clinic.

The castration charge will be $54 ($50 less than regular client fee).

No cryptorchid stallions will be accepted. Both testicles must be dropped. Colts must be halter broke and no less than 4 months old.

If you have a stallion in need of castration call 785-532-5700 to make an appointment and take advantage of the 50 percent discounted fee. Dates for monthly clinics in 2011 will be published via future press releases.

There will also be an Operation Gelding castration clinic held on Dec. 8 at Rainbow Meadows Ranch Equine Rescue and Retirement, Inc. in Sedan, Kan. This clinic is free. Contact Karen Everhart at 620-725-3402 to schedule an appointment.

This initiative is made possible by a special gift from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation and the Unwanted Horse Coalition. The UHC has focused on raising awareness about the unwanted horse issue for the first few years of its existence. They are now able to start offering some tangible programs that help address the problem. The Kansas Horse Council, KSU Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and Rainbow Meadows Ranch are proud to participate in this endeavor.

According to Dr. Doug Corey, chairman of the UHC, "The impetus for these clinics is that the castration of a stallion will help prevent over-breeding and produce a gentler horse that is more rideable, more trainable and more saleable, allowing them to be used in several careers."

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