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Rain didn’t dampen recent horse clinic

Medical-themed event was intended to teach owners not to panic, organizer says

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A recent event aimed at the horse community proved Manitobans are a hardy bunch.

Torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits of nearly 100 community members who turned out for a medically-themed horse clinic on the evening of June 20 at Poco-Razz Farm, located at 130 Greenview Rd. in south St. Vital.

The clinic was presented by Dave Snell of Central Veterinary Services and topics included basic information on physical examinations, general signs of illness, wounds, lameness, bandaging, injections and first aid.

"We had 121 individuals register for the event and 91 showed up, despite the rain," said Jim Shapiro, who has owned the farm with his wife, Christina, for more than 30 years. "Our roofed area provided protection from the rain, which subsided and then stopped prior to the beginning of the clinic."

Shapiro called the clinic, which lasted for around two hours with a break for refreshments, "outstanding."

"It gave the audience basic information about how to evaluate the physiological state of one’s horse and then how to evaluate the state of the horse should it be injured. The main point of his presentation was not to panic. Some horrific-looking wounds are not life-threatening and some minor wounds, like puncture wounds, can be very dangerous," Shapiro said.

"The participants learned some basic information about their horses, which they could apply immediately to the object of their affection," he added.

To learn more about the facility, visit www.pocorazzfarm.ca

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