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National Equine Resource Network (NERN) and a group of colleagues including equine vets, vet students, and equine rescue sanctuaries gelded a total of 100 stallions and colts throughout central California. A week-long rolling series of low-cost gelding clinics provided a way for equine owners to reduce the risk of unwanted foals or colts.
"When NERN was formed two years ago to assist the equine welfare community in saving and caring for at-risk horses, our goal was to make an immediate impact," said Shirley Puga, NERN Founder and Executive Director. "Low-cost gelding clinics held in partnership with equine veterinarians were an obvious way as they require a relatively small financial commitment while producing major results by impacting the number of horses that might be neglected or abandoned in the future," she said.
Under Puga's direction, NERN's continuing pilot program seeks to provide a model for similar clinics throughout the country. "The need to reduce the country's equine population, a key component in ending equine slaughter, has never been greater and NERN will take a leadership role in this aspect of that solution," she said.
The traveling gelding clinic series began as a partnership between Puga, Dr. Eric Davis, DVM, Founder of Rural Veterinary Experience Teaching and Service (R-VETS), and his partner Cindy McClinn, RVT. They work together to bring quality care to animals that might not always get professional veterinary treatment. The clinics also served as an important training experience for a group of UC Davis vet students who traveled with NERN and R-VETS.
The latest eight-day traveling clinic covered more than 1,000 miles in the heavily horse populated central part of California and included stops in Salinas, King City, Lodi, Auburn, Petaluma, Woodland, Orland, and Cottonwood.
Participating equine rescues were the SPCA of Monterey County, Valley View Ranch Equine Rescue, Oakdale Equine Rescue, The Shiloh Foundation, Sonoma Action For Equine Rescue, and Safe Haven Horse Rescue. Contributing sponsors for this series of clinics were One Horse At A Time and Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
NERN has two more gelding clinics scheduled in April: April 21 in Bishop, CA, and back in Oakdale on April 28. Clinics are in the works for May and June as well. Interested parties can check NERN’s website at www.nationalequine.org for future clinics.
Puga added that planning is underway for the first out-of-state clinic, to be held in Western Washington State, iater in the summer. The states of Nevada and Texas are under consideration for the Fall.
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