An equine veterinary practice in the south-west has launched a new outreach clinic to help owners struggling with the cost of keeping their horse or pony.

EqWest is holding the weekly clinic at Penewin Stables near Trerulefoot, Cornwall to save owners a vet call out charge.

And to celebrate the opening, the practice is donating one tetanus vaccination to charity South West Equine Protection (SWEP) for every new client registration.

SWEP protects moorland ponies on Dartmoor and Bodmin moor and increasingly takes in abandoned ponies from people who can’t afford to keep them.

Vaccination is the only proven method of protection against this potentially fatal disease, so offering a tetanus vaccination to SWEP seemed very sensible,” said EqWest’s Jeremy Hyde.

“We hope that our new clinic will help owners in that area to make savings on their vet call out charge and enable us to vaccinate more ponies for SWEP.”

The clinic will be for routine care such as flu and tetanus vaccinations, dental care and initial lameness assessments. Clients will be referred to the main EqWest clinic near Tavistock for more specialist services.

For more information about EqWest and SWEP’s work visit www.eqwest.co.uk and www.swep.org.uk

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