Free Stallion Castration at K-State in April

(Dr. Chris Blevins): Hello and welcome to Horsing Around. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center. Today, I’m going to talk about a very exciting event that we’re going to have come up here on April 14th and April 21st here this spring. It’s free castration. With that, we’ve partnered with the Unwanted Horse Coalition. It’s a national organization that has made this event free. Free to castrate any stallion that’s out there within the area that needs, maybe a person needs help, can’t financially afford to castrate their animal. Well, with this organization, partnered with Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, we’ve made this possible. Again on April 14th and April 21st. Now with that, you need to preregister, and so you’ll have to call the vet school large animal desk at 785-532-5700 and get on the list. There are some things that they need to make sure that they have. One is they have to be healthy and both testicles need to be descended, and halter broke preferably. With that it’s just a one-day event, so they just show up in the morning and pick up in the evening. That should take care of what is going on. Now, why do we do this and why is this organization sponsoring it. Well, with the Unwanted Horse Coalition it goes in the confines of, we have too many horses that maybe aren’t getting taken care of across the nation. Even in the state of Kansas, we have about 7,500 horses in the census that was taken in 2012. With that, they’re sure a lot that maybe potentially are intact, and they want to geld at some point. It’s just trying to help regulate that, of the population based on castration. With this, and if you’d ever want to learn more, or to donate to the national purpose, you can go to the website and go to the operation gelding part and learn more, and maybe even donate if you potentially would like to for that. Teaching students here at the vet school, and gelding horses for free within the region, within Kansas is a big deal, and we’re very happy and pleased to have that happening here at Kansas State in April of this year. Again, if you have any questions, or want to preregister, just call the large animal desk, and we’ll get you situated for that. The castration has been happening for over multiple years, with the Unwanted Horse Coalition, where they’ve done over 1,500 castrations at 122 clinics across the nation in 31 states. Here in Kansas State, we’re joining that team, and we’re on that force to try and to make sure that we have more horses that are castrated that may be not getting castrated based on financial restraints. Again, learn more on their website, give us a call at the vet school, and we’ll be able to help you in any point of that. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center, and we’ll see you around.

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