LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Publicity campaigns across the nation are urging owners of male horses to have them castrated as a way of reducing unwanted foals.
The Kentucky Horse Council became the latest group last week to launch the education campaign. Owners who show financial need can be reimbursed up to $100 to have their horse gelded. Similar campaigns have popped up from California to North Carolina.
The campaigns coincide with Mine That Bird becoming just the ninth gelding to win the Kentucky Derby. The goal there was not to keep him from breeding but to calm his nerves.
While a thoroughbred of that level isn't the target, animal welfare groups say horses with far less-impressive pedigrees are being bred in backyards and it is creating an overpopulation crisis.
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