Pony Tales Refuge and Rehab is taking action to reduce the number of unwanted horses in the country. The horse rescue organization is sponsoring its first “Do a Good Deed, Geld Your Steed” clinic to offer horse owners an affordable opportunity to castrate their male horses.
The clinic will be held May 12 at the Bit and Spur show ground in Eau Claire, 10425 W. Cameron St., Eau Claire.
Horse owners can get their intact males gelded by certified veterinarians for $50. In addition to the procedure, the clinic fee covers sedation, pain medication, penicillin injections and tetanus vaccination.
Stallions brought to the clinic must be healthy with both testicles descended. They must be halter broke and accompanied by a qualified handler and owners must show proof of a current Coggins test.
Horse owners will be required to pay the nonrefundable castration fee when they register. The payment will hold a spot at the clinic for the horse and its owner. Along with the fee, horse owners are responsible for transporting their horses to the clinic and the post-procedure care of their animals.
“We believe it is the responsibility of every horse owner to breed and geld responsibly,” said Bryanna Larson, event coordinator. “The number of horses in this country going to slaughter and/or living in deplorable conditions is unacceptable.”
Along with rescuing and rehabilitating horses, PTRR’s mission is to ensure quality care and treatment of horses through intervention, education and outreach. To fulfill its mission, the organization has teamed up with the Unwanted Horse Coalition to put on the gelding clinic.
“This gelding clinic will be a low-cost service to the community in hopes of getting more people to castrate their stallions,” Larson said. “This will prevent unwanted breeding and overpopulation of horses. If there are fewer unwanted horses in the Chippewa Valley, there will be fewer horses being mistreated and needing to be rescued.”
PTRR is committed to educating the community, with an emphasis on the youth, about the problems associated with over-breeding and irresponsible breeding of horses and to teach responsible horse ownership.
“We believe that it is imperative that the youth learn about the realities and atrocities that exist in the horse world,” Larson said. “It is only through the youth that we have a chance of improving the lives of all equines in the future.”
Located in the Chippewa Valley, PTRR is a nonprofit equine rescue dedicated to rescuing all breeds of equines from abuse, neglect, abandonment and slaughter. After she rescued a one-eyed Arab named Kirby, co-founder and executive director Cindy Prince started PTRR in 2010. Quitting law school, Prince started the rescue so she could help more neglected horses find their forever homes.
“We provide them with a safe, loving home during recovery and rehabilitation while providing food, shelter, medical care, nurturing and training,” Larson said. “Our ultimate goal is to adopt them to their forever, loving home. Yet sometimes horses are too traumatized or ill to be adopted. They are guaranteed a lifelong home at Pony Tales.”
American Horse Council estimates 170,000 horses are unwanted in this country each year. Its research has determined the unwanted horse problem in the country has worsened over the past three years. The primary reason owners indicated they no longer want their horses is due to the economy and the inability to afford their horses’ care.
The gelding clinic has the support of one business and PTRR welcomes other businesses, organizations and individuals to help sponsor the event.
“The more funding we have, the more horses we can help,” Larson said.
The gelding clinic is not open to spectators and children, and dogs are not allowed for safety reasons.